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Counselor with some mental issues working with individuals
August 29, 2006
2:13 am
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I have ongoing depression and has been working on my mental and health being. The free clinic is offering the training for selected volunteers in order to be counselor for the community. I am interested in taking this counseling training with one-year commitment.

I am concerned about my mental and health being. Is it okay to work with the individuals if I am still working toward my depression. I am trying to find a way to get busy to get involved in the community. I am hoping that it is not going to cause a burnout or anything else. Do you know any therapists who have current mental health issues and still working with individuals? Any suggestions or feedback? Good or bad idea?

August 29, 2006
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i have read that many counselors are drawn to the professiono because they have experienced issues first hand or with some one close to them. i think that it may be a good idea, i am doing some training to do volunteer work with the literacy council. i think that volunteering is very important. i think that one thing that you have ask youself before you do this is how strong are your boundaries?

August 29, 2006
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SJ -

I think the project you're planning to embark on is AWESOME! I believe the best people who can empathize and sympathize with others are those who have suffered the most.

In your case, if you think that your depression is under control and you can't hurt anybody, then go ahead and take that course....

I am going thru a healing process and the moment I started to feel good about myself, I started to help out others using some self-help books I used for my own recovery.

The bottom line is to feel good and love about & to yourself which brings with it that surge of generosity and kindness which we excude toward others.

Blessings, Ras~

August 29, 2006
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I think the best counsellors are those that have been through hell and back...BUT that have done the intense workd to understand THEIR issues and have been able to work with them or solve them all together.

I think it's dangerous for people to be giving advise that they can't take, specially in a professional setting. I say dangerous, mostly for the person disensing the advice, because by focusing on others' problems they don't have to keep wokring on themselves. I know a person with severe problems that is doing that, and he goes more weird by the minute, he is a good talker, has good insight, helps people but now he is getting a weird sense of "saviour" (oops, spelling?) and is totally ignoring his own big issues, getting a false sense of wholeness.

But everything in moderation, it is so rewarding to be able to help people. That's why I like this site. Keep centered and true to yourself.

August 31, 2006
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I am an addictions counselor with bipolar disorder. I stay in the field because I love it. But at the same time I have remained in therapy to work on my own issues, of which mental health is only one of them. Being a codependent I must constantly guard myself from placing my problems on to my clients. The only means in which I have been able to do this is by continuing to work on my codependency issues witha counselor, In short... don't see a counselor who doesn't see a counselor.

August 31, 2006
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SJ,

While a person wants to lead by example (being healthy wealthy and wise) there is no reason for example why, even if I am overweight, I cannot coach you on maintaining your diet.

So the message really is "of course, do it by all means".

Dealing with your own issues is a normal part of life. Plus you own experiences will help others and perhaps theirs, in turn, you.

Good luck.

Regards. Notsure

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