2 thoughts on “Have You Ever Considered Becoming A Counselor?

  • April 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    It is obvious you already know about the (not readily admissible) reality for those of us who have worked in the field of psychology…. A good percentage of us became professionals because of our own traumatic experiences. For me it looked something like this: molested-by-my-sister’s-husband, developed an eating disorder that almost killed me, developed a mild form of of bipolar disorder (I do believe Bipolar d/o exists on a spectrum, you know?), became a cutter, became addicted to amphetamines, Recovery… ongoing process. ..
    I only worked at a bachelor level as a “recovery specialist” (once called a PSA) for five years. I always thought I would get my LCSW in the future and do individual therapy as opposed to having an overwhelming caseload and going on community integration trips and running group therapy on various topics.
    I loved my time in the field, and my amazing clients (now called “members” in the transition from partial hospital programs to Recovery programs), but horrible upper echelon policy forced me to resign. I hope to go back one day but it is not in the cards for me at this time. I now work in an unrelated field and try to find meaning in life wherever I can. BTW I love your blog; you have a very unique perspective and a knack for understanding the deeper meaning of things while simultaneously reframing based on the actual context.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you! wow, I have been thinking about doing this for years. I started taking courses @ my community college four classes with A’s in all, but I stop when another bipolar depressive episode trigger by a mean controlling husband he told another friend of mine “she should be able to maintain A’s she is only taking a few classes.” I am going to try again and bring this subject up with my psychologist I am in my sixties and I want this! I need this!

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