Sian Williams talks about her career in broadcast journalism – and her work as a psychotherapist

In a career spanning 35 years, Sian Williams, the main anchor on Channel 5 News, has reported on events as harrowing as the Asian tsunami, the Hillsborough disaster and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.  She talks to the Daily Mirror’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, about her career, covering traumatic and distressing stories, recovering from a double mastectomy and her new career as a trauma therapist.

Williams, best known as a presenter for BBC Breakfast as well as the main BBC news bulletins, quietly started training as a psychologist 15 years ago. In 2015 she completed an MSc in Psychology, specialising in post-traumatic stress, and is in the final year of a doctorate in counselling psychology.  Alongside her job on Channel 5, she now works as a psychological therapist in the NHS.

Williams talks about the death of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed in 2014, a week after celebrating her 50th birthday and underwent a double mastectomy, She finally got the all-clear this May. She speaks about how important it is to get “permission not to have to rush back into work and to look after myself”.

Sian Williams, Rise: A first aid kit for getting through tough times

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-first-aid-getting-through-tough/dp/1474602681

The Journalists’ Charity is on hand to offer friendly help and advice if you’re struggling. https://journalistscharity.org.uk/how-we-help/advice-financial-assistance/

Dart Centre Europe works with journalists involved with victims and survivors of trauma https://dartcenter.org/europe

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Sian is the latest to take part in this series. Previous speakers  have included BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, BBC news presenter and reporter Mishal Husain; Channel 4 Presenter Cathy Newman, Roula Khalaf, editor of the Financial Times & Caroline Wyatt, presenter on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme