Since I've become a counselor, I've had many conversations with individuals regarding what I actually do. What I've come to realize is that many people don't understand counseling, and along with that comes a confusion about why I do it. I get questions like "So what do you actually do?", "Why would you want to listen to people's problems all day?", "Do you talk to crazy people?".... and so on.
People come to counseling for a variety of reasons. Some are stuck and don't have the life that they want. Others may be there because of an adjustment to a new life situation. Some are there because of a violation of the law. Many people experience depression, anxiety, or other disorders out of no fault of their own. At one point or another in our lives, we will all encounter times when we just don't have the right skills to move through our current situation. We all have "our stuff", and there's no escaping it! It's part of being human. What people fail to realize is that everyone who shows up, regardless of their circumstances, has hopes and dreams just like you and I. The ones who show up, are choosing to begin the process of rising above their situation, and courageously taking charge of their lives.
On a big picture level, counseling involves assisting someone in problem solving. Counselors are trained to listen to very specific concepts in a conversation, and formulate a plan to help the client move forward. I've chosen this job because of a calling that has been in me for years. Something that told me that this was what I was meant to do in order to help others. I know that I was given this talent for that purpose. So I consider it a privilege to sit and speak with anyone who comes my way, in hopes of making their lives better in one way or another. What most people don't understand, is that I also get to see these people rise up and accomplish their goals, right before my very eyes. They experience personal growth and transformation, and this often opens the door to greater opportunities. I have the most incredible job, and each and every day is something new.
So how can I help you?