Mental Health Counselor Personal Statement

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In pursuing my aspiration to become a clinical mental health counselor, I am driven by a deep-rooted desire to serve others, drawing strength from my Christian values, military background, experiences in foster care, and unwavering determination. Although I may not claim to possess the sharpest intellect, my unwavering work ethic and unyielding spirit to overcome challenges motivate me to fulfill my destined purpose of assisting and empowering individuals on their healing journeys. It is this purpose that drives me to persevere when I feel unworthy. I have found one message that has pushed me every day that I didn’t want to go to class or continue my journey. From Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill …show more content…

This firsthand encounter has heightened my empathy, enabling me to relate to individuals who have endured trauma, instability, and feelings of abandonment. For so many years, I spent my time being angry with a God who abandoned me as my parents did. I could never imagine that someone who has a plan for everyone could put someone through so much pain and misery. As a child, I can recall how many times I slept on public floors and went without. I can recall how my parents would often leave me with relatives and daycare workers to go chase their dark desires. I can relate to the pain of everyone who has ever felt undesired, even by those who were biologically programmed to love them. I know now that the plan for me meant I was supposed to understand these aspects of suffering and use my gifts to serve and guide others. I know that in my heart of hearts, everyone deserves to experience unconditional love from someone and know what a healthy lifestyle should be. I want to use my own journey through the foster care system as a source of strength and connection, using it to build meaningful relationships built on trust, understanding, and a shared experience of

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