Dorianne started her career in 1993 with training in nursing where she followed a Bachelor’s degree offered by the University of Malta. In 1997 she graduated with a BSc (Hon) Nursing Studies, which paved her way to engage in gainful employment as a staff nurse in the Intensive Therapy Unit for eight years.
Dorianne always looked at education as one of the powerful tools that provides opportunities for people to understand better themselves and their environment. Hence, during the time that she worked as a staff nurse, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Youth and Community Studies at the University of Malta, followed by a Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Manchester.
During this time, her career unfolded into various interests; particularly around education, supervision, and personal and professional development of professionals and other workers providing their services within humanistic fields such as health, education and community work, as well as the psycho-social and emotional experiences of people living facing challenges to their health. She also grew to appreciate the interaction of the person(s) with the environment and developed an interest in looking into the social, cultural and political dynamics within the community setting both at a micro and a macro level. Consequently, in 2008 Dorianne started a Master’s Degree in Counselling at the University of Malta.
For Dorianne, this training served as a journey of exploration and acquisition of knowledge and competences to assist individuals in understanding their journey. As a counsellor, Dorianne can provide people with opportunities to learn more about themselves, and to enhance one’s sense of self in relation to life situations. In addition, counselling can help people understand how the dynamics of one’s experiences in life may be influencing one’s holistic well-being, particularly one’s psychosocial and physical well-being; and to help them take decisions and develop skills to engage in lifestyle and behaviour that fits best their needs whilst giving them the opportunity to better one’s well-being. During counselling training, the significance of providing client-centred care has become more in the focus of Dorianne’s therapeutic relationships that she develops with her clients.
Following this career path, nowadays Dorianne provides services as a counsellor. Her main areas of interest are health-related issues; challenging situations that involve change, loss, grief and bereavement; issues related to one’s personal and/or professional development; and relationships (couple, family, work and others). In addition, Dorianne is keen to be involved in the personal and professional development of personnel working both within the public and private sector.
Dorianne is currently also following doctoral studies at the University of Bristol. Through this opportunity, Dorianne is integrating her experiences as a counsellor with those experiences she obtained as a nurse.