A psychologist has described how she is “uncomfortable” and “unfamiliar” with the role of law enforcement in her patients’ lives and how she feels “lonely” in the role.
In a new BBC News special, Child psychologist Tampa police officer Stephanie Taylor tells the story of how she was forced to come up with a new role for herself after the deaths of her husband and daughter.
Stephanie Taylor: “I had this new role and I was going to go to the police, but I was very unhappy about that and I felt like I was alone.
I started to have conversations with the kids. “
So, I started working with the people that were closest to my family and I began working with children.
I started to have conversations with the kids.
There’s so much more I could do for them. “
And I realised I could not do this job alone.
There’s so much more I could do for them.
They are my children.
They recognised that I am an incredibly talented person, and they supported me and supported me.” “
I was really lucky that I was given this opportunity and that the community really embraced me.
They recognised that I am an incredibly talented person, and they supported me and supported me.”
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Stephanie says she felt “frightened” as she realised the consequences of her decision to work with children, and she was left feeling “very lonely and isolated”.
Stephanie says: “It was really upsetting and I really wanted to change.
“But I realised that it’s not just men. “
It’s also women, children, older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health issues. “
But I realised that it’s not just men.
They’re not going to do the right thing.” “
In this community, I have people that have mental health problems, but they are not necessarily people that are going to act on those issues.
They’re not going to do the right thing.”
Stephanie’s story: From the start Stephanie Taylor says she began working in Child Psychology after her husband, Michael Taylor, was killed in a car crash.
She says: Michael was a very gentle and caring person.
He was a wonderful father.
He had a wonderful family.
Stephanie said: I think it was the very nature of my job, that you are not expected to be super-sensitive to your feelings, you are just going to put yourself in that position, because I just felt so uncomfortable and scared of the officers and what they were doing.
“You have to be able to empathise with what they are doing, and then understand the impact it is having on your life.
“To me, it’s just really challenging. “
I think the hardest part is being able to put myself out there and to know that I’m not alone, and to actually be able get to work. “
To me, it’s just really challenging.
How police officers are used to working with kids Stephanie says her experience has made her wary of working with child psychologists, and that it could “really hinder” her ability to work effectively with young people in the future. “
That’s why it’s so important that people do get to understand what this is, and it’s very important that they are there to support you.
How police officers are used to working with kids Stephanie says her experience has made her wary of working with child psychologists, and that it could “really hinder” her ability to work effectively with young people in the future.
Stephanie: I have always felt very isolated.
I was never really able to connect with children because I had never had a child before.
So, I didn’t really understand them.
“She was like, ‘OK, what’s your problem?’ “
And I was like: ‘Oh, well, I think I need to work on this.’ “
She was like, ‘OK, what’s your problem?’
And I was like: ‘Oh, well, I think I need to work on this.’
She would go out and work with kids and help them understand and to understand that they could do what they wanted to do.
Stephanie’s advice: Be a positive role model “It’s important that I be a positive and positive role-model.
Because you’re going to make them understand that, they’re going get better, and you’re just going be there to provide support and to encourage them.
“Because I know what it’s like to be bullied in the school.