Stephanie Davis LeBrun

 

Born in Sheffield, in 1988, Stephanie Davis LeBrun was a trainee clinical psychologist, pursuing her doctorate with funding from the NHS, at the time of the interview. She describes how she once faced mental health challenges of her own and used Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy [CBT], which she says shaped how she now works. She has worked with the elderly and children with severe learning difficulties, as well as in a psychiatric rehabilitation ward.

Stephanie Davis LeBrun seated and facing camera.

Listen to Stephanie as she shares the importance of non-judgment, or seeing the individual as a whole person.

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Audio Transcript:

 

I remember being on the handover, and hearing about everything that had happened [that day]. And I was really scared! And he was in bed at the time, and I was thinking, “Don’t get up, don’t get up. Maybe he won’t get out of bed until my shift is finished”. And he did eventually get up. And I thought, “Come on now, you’re a professional, you’re here to do a job. Here’s a person. Get your act together”. So I went and spoke to him and just found that he was really lovely—a really lovely person, and just really vulnerable, and really unwell. And once you hear his story, you could really understand what was going on for him and why he might kind of respond to people like that. And I spent a lot of time with him that day, just really trying to get to know him as a person. And it just taught me such a lesson of not to be judgmental. Don’t take what you hear on face value—you’ve got to get to know the person for the person that they are. And I had such a lovely day. And I remember he came and shook my hand at the end and said, “Thank you so much for today, I had a really nice day. It was really nice to get to know you”. And I’ll always remember him and that day.