10/01/2012 09:40 GMT | Updated 10/01/2012 09:51 GMT

Kate Thornton, Former 'Loose Women' Host Goes Back To College After TV Offers Stall

Looks like Kate Thornton is struggling to find work after being axed as the anchor of Loose Women last year.

The presenter is heading back to college to train as a therapist, she has revealed.

TV work has slowed for Kate since she was spectacularly dumped from the ITV1 lunchtime chatshow last summer, so much so that she's enrolled herself on a three-year course in counselling.

"I've gone back to college one day a week doing a course in counselling skills with a view to becoming a qualified therapist and I'm learning a lot about myself," she told The Sun.

"It makes you take a long, hard look at yourself so it's been quite tough at times."

The former journalist had previously been axed as the host of The X Factor in 2007 in favour of current presenter Dermot O'Leary, but said she is using those experiences to help her on the course.

"I've hit the kerb a few times in my career but I think that helps when doing a course like this. Even if nothing comes of it professionally, it's making me a better journalist, broadcaster and human being."

Kate - who split from her fiance, DJ Darren Emerson, last February - said it was her son Ben who inspired her to take a change in career.

"I want him to see that when one door closes you just need to keep knocking on some new ones until the right one opens," she said.

She from axed from Loose Women along with Zoe Tyler amidst a ratings slump, with former Countdown host Carol Vorderman and ex Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay brought in as their replacements.

However, Kate told The Mirror at the time she wasn't bitter about her sacking.

"Telly is all about change and shaking things up. It's how it works. Everyone is at peace with each other," she said.

Her reaction was in stark contrast to her X Factor sacking, when she vowed never to speak to Simon Cowell again.

"I'll never talk to Simon again. He fired me to create headlines without even telling me beforehand, when we had been good friends," she told Closer magazine in 2009.

Kate will make her first return to TV next week fronting a Channel 5 documentary about her secret teenage battle with anorexia.