30 Apr 2021

Student Focus: Erma Barlow – BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring some of the students who are attending courses here at ICHAS. First up is Erma Barlow who is studying the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Ermas own background is really interesting as she is the owner of Exclusive Cakes who has cultivated a track record in the wedding cake and confectionery business globally. She has also won national awards for her cake designs.

Why did you choose to study the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy at ICHAS?

Coming to ICHAS as a student after many years of being self-employed in the catering industry has offered me an opportunity for a new profession in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The reason why I chose to study at ICHAS is that they aim to provide the structures and processes to enable students to grow and develop their practical and theoretical skills. I have found that studying at ICHAS has provided me with the knowledge and understanding to work in this field as well as giving me the confidence to successfully switch careers and begin my new journey as a Counsellor.

How have you found studying the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy?

The materials covered in the course were easily transferrable to the workplace and I have seen first-hand how my studies have benefited me. The support shown by the lecturers and other staff at ICHAS was incredible and they were always on hand to assist us which I found very encouraging during my time here. I found the close-knit environment beneficial as it gave me the opportunity to settle in easily as a mature student.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to study at ICHAS?

If I were to advise somebody thinking about studying at ICHAS I would advise them to speak to past students to get feedback and contact the office to explore all their options with the peace of mind that they will be in good hands. The growth I have seen in myself on both a personal and professional level has been exceptional, and it has helped shape my future for the better.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy check out our course page.

You can also learn more about Ermas business on her website.