Stefany Targovska (assistant teacher)

“We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world.” – Gabor Maté

What inspires you to be an assistant teacher?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student at the ACC, both in year 1 and 2. I have gained valuable knowledge and experience as a student, but I look forward to gaining some more as an assistant teacher. Additionally, being able to provide constructive feedback is a crucial skill as a counsellor. One of my main tasks as an assistant will be to provide students with feedback. I look forward to improving my skills to observe interactions, notice where feedback could be helpful and then provide it.

Lastly, I believe that working on oneself is the most valuable thing a person can do in their lifetime. Everyone who participates in this course will do so, both as a person and as a counsellor. I am more than inspired to contribute to a world with as many self-regulated people as possible.

About me
Initially, my career was based in the field of law and politics. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it, I realised that I was no longer resonating with it. I spent some time doing some inner work and self-exploration in order to figure out what I wanted to do with my life instead. I knew that I wanted my job to be flexible and to make a real impact on people. Psychology and everything surrounding it has always been a field of interest to me and I felt a natural pull towards it my entire life. Therefore, it was not surprising to me when I discovered the ACC and it immediately felt like it was the right place for me.

I have lived in five different countries throughout my life which taught me the value of socialising with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. This is just another aspect of counselling which I love. Like many others, I have experienced difficulties in my life which has allowed me to understand the importance of healing oneself.

Why have you chosen the ACC and what did the training bring you?
I chose the ACC because I was immediately drawn to the curriculum, the method of teaching, and that it will allow me to fulfil my dream of being a counsellor.

The training has brought me valuable knowledge, growth, skills, friendships and memories for which I will be eternally grateful.

Who is my hero and why?
I deeply admire and am inspired by people such as Gabor Maté, Dr Nicole Lepera, Bessel van der Kolk and Carl Jung. I also admire people who are self-aware, emotionally intelligent, who are present, listen actively, take ownership of their words and actions and are authentic. That being said, I do not consider them nor anyone else heroes because I believe that idolising people is harmful. Instead, I believe in taking responsibility for my own life and constantly striving to grow, learn, listen and appreciate life. In that way, I guess I could say that I am my own hero.