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Weʼre raising £8,000 to help Magda cover the cost of the 5th and final year of her training to become a qualified child and adolescent psychotherapist

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My name is Magda Raczynska. I am a UKCP-registered senior trainee therapist completing an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling at Terapia Centre, a London-based training organisation affiliated with Middlesex University (terapia.co.uk).

2018 marks the last year of my MA. I am applying to you for help to cover the £8,000 cost of this fifth and final year of my training to become a qualified integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist.

‘The best thing you can do for your child is to sort out your own shit,’ says my favourite social meme. Many of us are unable to do it. And for many good reasons.

I, too, am guilty of having dumped my own undigested experiences on my child. Things I could not or dared not face myself.

When we do this, our children take it as being their fault or responsibility. And deal with it the best they can. Some of them take it out: Anger. Destructiveness. Pushing all your buttons. Some of them take it in: Nail biting. Cutting. Eating disorders. Or they simply give in, reducing their beautiful, shiny selves to become the good girls or boys they feel we need them to be for us to love them.

My job as I see it is not just to give children the support they need to sort out the things we dump on them. That would mean colluding with what we do to them. Above all, my job is to provide children with a safe, contained space where they can start looking for themselves – their own Selves.

To do it – to become a full time therapist and create this space the best way I can – I need to collect enough funds to complete my training.

I paid for my first four years by taking out a bank loan, selling property, and using my day job salary, while cutting my expenses to a bare minimum. But these funds have now reached their limit. I am too old for a student loan, and am not eligible for the Professional and Career Development Loan only because I do not have British citizenship. Finally, I have had to reduce my day job to three days a week to accommodate the rising clinical requirements of my training:

– I offer weekly therapy for four children for free – to get my full UKCP accreditation, necessary to qualify as a therapist, I need to offer 450 hours of psychotherapy, mostly unpaid;


– Twice a month I must attend supervision for my clients and pay for part of it;


– I must attend my own weekly personal therapy and pay for it;


– Once a week I observe a baby and his mother – this obligatory learning through practice is a unique feature of my course and it provides precious insight into a child’s development;


– Between 2018 and 2019 I will also need to add 100 hours of psychiatric observation.

This will not be my first degree. I already have a PhD in Sociology from Warsaw University, and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. You may well be asking why I haven’t stopped at that.

Because being a child psychotherapist integrates everything I have been doing so far. It enables me to move from my head to my hands, and translate my extended theoretical skills into practice. I still believe in fixing the world! For me, the way to bring change is to work with one child, then another child, then another... It is to help children find ways to live their lives as best as they can.

At this point of my professional trajectory I do not have anything material to offer in return for your generosity. But I have myself to share. Once with your help I have qualified, I promise always to have one free or low cost place in my practice for a child who would not have been able to afford this kind of assistance otherwise.

I promise to share and multiply your support this way because it is a part of my own ethical position that true receiving embraces giving. Having been given enough support in my life to get me to this place where I am, it is my turn now to provide a space for another child who may need the kind of support I am able to give as therapist to carry on this hope which brought me to seek child psychotherapy as a profession in the first place.

Please do ask questions if you want to know more – about how I work, why I feel it matters, and anything else you would like to know to make up your mind.

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  • Magda Raczynska5 months ago
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    5 months ago
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    I am speechless and moved, someone has just made my fundraiser reach this thrilling, unbelievable threshold of 50 percent! – 50 percent! – Whoever that person is, thank you dearly <3

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  • Magda Raczynska7 months ago
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    7 months ago
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    One third already! My heart is growing, I will have lot to share <3 #onechildatatime #gratitudeisawonderfulfeeling #askingforhelpmatters

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  • Magda Raczynska8 months ago
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    8 months ago
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    In just 2 days! Thank you everyone whom I know and whom I don't, I felt deeply touched to see support from people I have never been in touch before <3

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 13, 2018

    Powodzenia!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 29, 2018

    Good luck !

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    Anonymous

    Mar 5, 2018

    powodzenia

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 17, 2018

    £30.00

  • Agnieszka Studzinska

    Agnieszka Studzinska

    Feb 7, 2018

    Wishing you plenty of strength and motivation. Keep going!

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 31, 2018

  • J KRUPA

    J KRUPA

    Jan 31, 2018

    #TeamMagda

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Magda Raczynska

Magda Raczynska

London, United Kingdom

I am a senior trainee child therapist in the final year of my training. For 10 years I have been working as Head of Literature at the Polish Cultural Institute in London. I am an editor, sociologist and cultural theorist looking to integrate my practice.

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