Clinical Psychologist and Wellness coach Elizabeth Atim, has said that she focused on clinical psychology to learn more about depression and to use the knowledge to help others out of it.
She made the remarks while in an interview with Crystal Newman on RX Radio during the Groove Cafe segment on the Groove Show.
The coach is enthusiastic and passionate about mental health and has embarked on a journey of mental health awareness and empowerment of individuals struggling with depression.
“It was towards the end of my undergraduate degree when I lost my dad and it’s normal that when people lose loved ones, they go through grief. But mine was so prolonged because I had never experienced so much sadness in my life.”
She went on to add, “I had lost my mum in primary four and after that I got very close to my Dad. So while doing my dissertation at the time, I wanted to know more about depression because I was experiencing something I had never felt before. So on deciding to be a clinical psychologist, I focused on depression because I had experienced some of the symptoms and wanted to learn more about it so as to help people at risk or those already experiencing it,” she explained.
Now the founder & director of LizA Safe Haven Foundation & the Host of LizA Talks, an online Mental Health Awareness Initiative, Atim says that the willingness to serve and reach out to those who might not directly access psychological therapy is what she aims at achieving.
“I started LizA Talks during the 2020 lockdown because I realised a lot of people were anxious and asked myself what I could do to help the situation. I had always wanted to have sessions where we talk about life; so my friends and I sat down and decided to start up social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp where people were reaching out and getting therapy sessions for free.”
Atim further encouraged people to beware of what triggers their negative emotions and to seek solutions while avoiding trigger factors to maintain the healing.
Elizabeth Atim is currently working as a Clinical Psychologist with Medecin sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders.
The Groove Cafe with Crystal Newman airs every Weekday from 4-5pm on RX Radio.
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