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I want to be a counsler
September 6, 2001
10:31 pm
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Alamyluve
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I am a sophomore in college, and have just found my calling. I want to be a counsler..but don't really know where to start...help anyone??

September 7, 2001
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If you want to be a counselor take a really good look at yourself and find your true meaning in wanting to help people find positive direction in their life.

September 7, 2001
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If you want to be a counselor take a really good look at yourself and find your true meaning in wanting to help people find positive direction in their life.

September 7, 2001
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I think that philter is right, you have to take a good look at your self, after all how are you supposted to guide others if you dont know yourself? I also want to be a counselor, i just started my first year in college. I have come to terms with alot of stuff in my life. It is a long road but completely worth it, I think.

September 7, 2001
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Alamyluve, do you have a major yet? I want to be a counselor too. But right now I'm a senior in college as a math major. (Took the wrong turn.) But I'm going to grad school next fall for counseling. There are a lot of options.

September 7, 2001
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I can definitely understand your agony. Be patient, you will have the chance to do so.

September 7, 2001
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You'll get to discover your self through the education, you must go through lots of counseling as part of the education. Can't be a part of the process, if you don't understand and partake of the process.
Most counselors, therapists, psychologists,that I have met, got into the field to explore, then rescue, or help others, who suffered from their agenda in life. The main thing, and I am some what jaded at this point, weather you are going for your MD, or Phd, in the health care field, its really all about money these days, and ruins the illusion of your efforts, gotta have that billing code. Look at the profession as a whole, there is not much compensation actually teachers today have it better than counselors, and there are all kinds of programs being instutited in our schools now for counselors, like a double major would be my suggestion, as counselors are like teachers, in many respects. Or you go to work for the county, have case loads that you can't possibly service, and get paid a salary after you have gotten a masters level major, and gone for some sort of designation, ie., social worker. or Private Practice, which is expensive to start, and still tied in with managed health care, if you want to make any money. Licenced Psych Tech, is a good degree you can get slightly more education than a LVN, but deceant pay, and hospital work. There are really so very many options.
Most students start out thinking that they can heal the world, and then the reality of the fact that some people just don't want to get better. There are so many lessons that you learn about life in this field, just know that you don't have to make your decision today. Explore the field, and you can start volunteering today, there are so very many agencies that will train you to answer the phones, and help within this field, you can get a taste of it, and see the reality.

September 7, 2001
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Another good thing to try is internships or volunteering. There are plenty of places that offer volunteer positions in psychology, which is the major you should take if you want to be a counselor.

I switched majors from math to psych my sophmore year of college. It's taking me an extra year to finish, but I don't mind. Better that than another year or two post-bach trying to fulfill grad school prerequisites.

Try taking some classes, try going to counseling yourself, and try volunteering.

I was visiting my mentor, my supervisor at my last internship, who is a counselor at a forensic mental hospital, on labor day. His wife is a social worker who works with severely developmentally disabled adults in group homes. They both told me the best thing to do is find your niche in psychology. So I'm trying a variety of internships to see where I fit best, from geriatrics to school guidance counselor to forensic psychologist. Also read some books...
"Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, will always be my all-time favorite.

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