I chose mental health counseling as a profession due to personal experiences in my life. Choosing to become a professional counselor is not only a personal commitment to me, but to others, and to society as a whole. As a survivor of domestic violence, I felt a strong desire and need to make a difference in lives of many suffering from: personal issues like anger management, depression, suicidal thoughts, aging, parenting, self-image, relational problems, stress, addiction, and women involved with domestic violence. My goal would be to provide the proper assessment and diagnosis to provide necessary treatment such as: psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, and crisis management.
I will need to learn how to deal with the fact that there will be clients that will remind me of people from my past or things from my past (Countertransference) and it may be hard for me to counsel them. I have been in abusive situations in the past and know that I will have clients who are doing drugs or drinking alcohol and their actions or words may “knock” me back to my past that could potentially make me feel that this is the wrong career for me. I am currently in counseling myself to battle the demons from my past and work toward bettering my life and I feel that continuing my own counseling along with attending meetings, getting together with my female friends and talking to God will help me to deal with my career choice as a counselor and not let Countertransference or Transference get in my way of helping to lead my clients in the direction of a healthy
Her including the hardships that are present in her job makes her seem much more sincere. It is very important to know of the difficult situations that are present in a job, in order to know if you can overcome them. When asked about the most difficult part of her job, she answered, “Very needy patients, who would like to have access to me and call or text or email at will.” It is very important that boundaries are set with any counselor and their client. As someone who knows many intimate details about them and are in process of helping them overcome their troubles, a counselor is a person who needs to be there for their clients.
Instead, they argue, that these things are developed through their experiences and interactions with the social world. In their argument they provide evidence to support this theory. A large
Career counselors must be comfortable enough with clients to establish a working alliance that will enable the counselor to effectively listen to and meet the career development needs of the students. I believe that they must have the skills to address gender and racial discrimination and create a safe space for students to share their concerns and struggles. Counselors should also recruit appropriate role models to speak about careers in which African Americans have traditionally been underrepresented and what it takes to enter those particular fields. By seeing someone who is like them who are successful can be a great motivation and encouragement for minority students. It is also helpful to encouraging students to participate in internships within their fields of study may develop enhanced techniques to overcome perceived and real barriers in the workplace (Holloway,
Journal #1: My Thoughts on Becoming a Mental Health Counselor The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the views of becoming a mental health counselor. Although there are many professions to choose from, I decided a mental health counselor with a specialized area in women’s health and domestic violence is my true calling. Tiffany Rush-Wilson Ph. D. stated, “That if we are in this field is because we have a true passion and the seed to do this type of work” (Laureate, 2012).
In the world of human service professions counseling is one of the largest categories. Counseling can range from children to adults in a professional or non professional manner. For example, a teenager old enough to work can be a camp counselor for kids or an adult with the appropriate educational training can be a rehabilitation counselor. The duties of a counselor can vary depending on specification but in general they help and advise people with a variety of problems. (Woodside & McClam, 2015).
As postulated by Lunenburg (2011), when there is limited resources in staff professional development, individual with high self-efficacy shall be given first priority as compared to those with low self-efficacy. Consequently, it is essential for researchers to identify the sources of counseling self-efficacy to promote counselor education preparation and professional
Additionally, as a counselor, it is important to be genuine with whatever feedbacks one presents to the patient and what one believes regarding the situation of the client. Mrs. Perez believes the more authentic and genuine he is with her patients, the more help he will be able to offer the clients. As a counselor, it is important to have a fine and professional interaction with one 's client but boundaries must be maintained. Through this, a counselor is able to demonstrate their focus on helping the patients by showing the client that they understand their problems. It also through such engagements that counselor is able to use the non-judgmental attention that does not require words for illustration in helping the patient.
Mental health professionals face multiple stressors while counseling clients in crisis (McCann, Beddoe, McCormick, Huggard, Kedge, Adamson, & Huggard, 2013). Choosing a model of crisis counseling congruent with a counselor’s therapeutic style promotes resiliency and a foundation for a strong therapeutic relationship when delivering trauma focused treatment to clients. Additionally, counseling professionals experience compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma when failing to address difficult thoughts and emotions in relation to a client’s trauma (Warren, Morgan, Blue Morris, & Mood Morris, 2010). Furthermore, mental health professionals developing and implementing a realistic self-care plan, aids in preventing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma to promote overall counselor wellness (Warren et al., 2010).
In “Masters of Chaos” by Linda Robinson, Robinson conveys a cruel tone in the first chapter called “Leaving Home”, the cruel tone helps guide the reader to understand the depressing message of self sacrifice. Initially, the cruel tone is first realized when Robinson is talking about a Special Forces soldier, Randall Wurst. After describing the weaponry used by Wurst, Robinson makes a complete U-Turn and talks about Wurst’s future saying “This was likely to be the last war he would fight” (Robinson 3). All throughout history humans were always in war, and there has never been a time of peace; To say that it will be Wurst’s “last war”, implies that he will die in battle,fighting for his country. Oh and the fun does not end there, Robinson then
Over the past one and half month, the class of PDE 502 (Counselling and Career Education) has taught me some major lessons for life in dealing with the clients in response to their emotional needs. The role of a counsellor is not unlike that of a friend where by it is nurtured by being in each other’s company, talking over everyday issues and sharing feelings. However, what sets a counsellor apart is their experience and the ability to apply counselling theories and techniques to assist people in gaining awareness, insight and explore ways of solving their own issues.
Firstly, I need to identify the causes and formation of the difficulty situation of my client. I should not involve my own personal emotions when analysing the situation. Next, clarification of the situation is essential. The clients should figure out themselves on how to face the situation. An effective counsellor listen more than talks, and what they do say gives the client a sense of being heard and understood.