I call this chat Betty's Corner, because I want to offer teens a safe and compassionate space to talk, to shout, to cry, and to be themselves. More than talk, I offer my ears to listen and not to judge. You deserve to be loved, and to be a child.
My work and study combine child psychology with years of volunteering with child victims of trauma and abuse. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London, and Diplomas at New Ham College of Further Education in Heath and Social Care Early Years Profession, Counselling Theories, and Child Protection Practice. I have returned to Sierra Leone regularly over the past several years to work with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs as a counsellor to young offenders in local rehabilitation programs. I focus on communication, nurturing and encouraging bonding, strengthening the development of identity and self-consciousness, and controlling social behaviors through self-discipline. I make frequent contact with parents, as well, to encourage and support.
I grew up too quickly because of war in my country, Sierra Leone. I was sent away from my parents to live in UK and find my own path forward. It is because of my own experience that I want to help young people to feel love, nurturing and warmth, to grow up in their own time, and to recover from the scars of violence and trauma.