I’m currently a third year student in a counseling program. Specifically, I am in the last year of a Master’s Program of a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. In a few years, I’ll be a licensed counselor, though I am able and will continue to work with clients until that point.
I got into this field because I wanted to formalize what I had already been doing for years: helping people get from where they are to where they want to be.
Before this program, I spent years listening to friends, family members, co-workers (and heck, even a few strangers) tell me about their problems and then strategized with them ways to overcome them. I’ve given relationship advice, helped people fix their finances, counseled and coached as people honored me by confiding in me their deepest worries and concerns. Often all that was required was a listening ear, empathy and sympathetic nodding. I discovered in very short order that most people have the answers within themselves. They just need an active listener to help them discover them. Wouldn’t you agree?
You’ve probably been the recipient (victim) of well-meaning advice from your friends, family members or loved ones.