- Name: Susannah McIntosh
- Role with Cancer Support Scotland: Placement educator and family therapist.
I have been a psychosynthesis counsellor, coach and trainer for the last 18 years working within mental health and occupational health both privately and voluntarily for many organisations. I enjoy especially working with young people and supervising and supporting trainee counsellors.
What is your personal motto or mantra? (from a book, a film, an inspirational person or your own).
From each seed a flower will grow and a new beginning will flourish from both good and adversity. (Partly my own). Molly Young Brown a psychosynthesis author and Malcolm X have given me inspiration.
What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?
Climbing Kilimanjaro in Africa was a great personal achievement and professionally running my own counselling and supervision practice.
Why did you want to work for Cancer Support Scotland?
I really enjoy seeing trainee counsellors learn and develop.
What do you like most about your job?
Supporting others and seeing people develop and grow as well as allowing people to face challenges on their life journey.
What is something people with cancer have to deal with that you want to help fix?
Facing loss and supporting them with pain and fear about the future for themselves and their families.
What is your favourite book or film?
I like many books but Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was a favourite when I was young and recently The Hundred Year Old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson as it made me laugh so much.
A book I recommend to many clients which I also like is “Feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers.
Given the chance who would you like to be for one day and why?
I would like to be the Dalai Lama and have access to all his philosophies and beliefs. I would also enjoy experiencing him in an audience with others.