My career has always been around helping children and I began by training to become a Registered Nurse on the Isle of Wight, UK. My second love is psychology and understanding what makes people tick and I was very fortunate to gain a place at the University of Portsmouth in 1992 to study psychology. At the same time I started a clinical course at Wealdon College to train as a psychotherapist. I went on to achieve a Masters degree in Applied Social Science (social work) and then gained a PhD studying teenage suicide and developing a risk assessment tool. I finished my psychotherapy training at Metanoia in London in 2003.
I have worked with young people in a variety of positions, those in a young offender institute (JDC to Americans) and I was "Matron" running the school hospital at Blundell's, a four-hundred year old boarding school, where I also taught psychology to the sixth formers. I have worked in schools to help teenagers avoid being expelled, then as a probation officer, and I currently work in a behavioural health care hospital, helping suicidal teenagers and those with depression and behavioural problems.
I absolutely love teenagers and their zest for living, and it hurts me when I see teenagers weighed down with problems so that they don't feel that zest and excitement for life. I felt I had to do something to help and that's why I wrote the series of therapeutic novels to help them cope with their problems and so avoid suicide.
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The Right Thing
by Celia Banting
This is a true account of a four-month period in Dr. Banting’s life, where she was faced with a life or death choice after lodging with strangers she “met” on the Internet. Dr. Banting highlights the plight of the forgotten who suffer silently in homes that could be in your neighborhood.
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