Welcome To Nastasha Foster Our New Counsellor At The SanctuaryWritten by Super User
This week we would like to introduce our newest member to the growing Sanctuary team, Nastasha Foster. She has joined us from Legae La Note in Muldersdrift, a reintegration centre for recovering addicts.
Nastasha obtained her Bachelor BSW in social work as well as a diploma in public relations at the University of Johannesburg. “My heart is set to help people overcome hurts and unresolved issues to get them to a place of freedom”, she says. “I would like to see people live without the brokenness that life often brings, to get to the core of who we are because those are the things that need to be addressed. Hidden beneath the layers are the scars of the past traumatic experiences and we don’t always realise how much it affects who we are; our character and decisions. If everyone would live to their full potential they would be very different people.”
It was during her time in public relations that Nastasha realised her love for counselling. “Public relations taught me a lot about events and the corporate world, however, I realised it wasn’t for me. I love one on one. I love deep talks. Problem solving is my passion. Add emotional issues and problem solving and I knew counselling was what I wanted to do with my life!”
It's often best to hear it straight from the horse's mouth so here is a piece written by Natasha herself…
“Hi, my name is Nastasha. I’d like to give you a glimpse into who I am, where I’ve been and what I’m doing here at The Sanctuary Soul Care Centre.
I battled with an array of insecurities, fears and emotional wounds from the past. I latched on to mind-altering substances and quick fixes to feel confident and capable; this caused my life to spiral downward. I didn’t like what I felt inside and would do anything to escape from who I was. I was emotionally broken and spiritually disconnected. I eventually found myself in treatment for chemical dependency, left a toxic relationship and tried to find purpose in life.
I attempted many things in order to bring about positive change and tried to fix what was broken within me but it was only in surrendering my life and my will to the care of God where the healing process began. He took me by the hand and showed me where to start. He connected me to wonderful counsellors who could give me tools to overcome my struggles and break free from the bondage.
There have been a few more starting points down the line and areas of my life that He has revealed necessary to work on and through all of this He has brought such great healing and restoration into my life.
I now live in that freedom, by His grace. Free from hurts, habits and hang ups that plagued my life. I have found ways to face these feelings and learnt what it was to be freed from self-destructive patterns based on those fears and insecurities that had a hold on me.
My heart beats for helping those wanting to gain practical tools to face emotional struggles. I assist in overcoming major setbacks and trauma’s and equip with techniques to aid personal growth. With the use of a Social Work Planned Change Process (PCP), an individualised case plan and biblical guidance you get the opportunity to be empowered to live the way God intended and free from the shackles that keeps you behind.
“Recovery and restoration is possible!”