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I Am a Counselor

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 86 People

    I Love Working With Clients...Can't Stand Agency/Office Politics

    I absolutely love working with my clients. Watching them change and grow as well as supporting them through their challenges is humbling and amazing. However....I really can not STAND "office" politics. I share a very...VERY tight office with a colleague. She is incredibly high...
    justiceandtruth justiceandtruth 36-40 Aug 20, 2011

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    I don't think I'm cut out

    for this. A patient of mine killed herself yesterday, she was only 18. I know it's not my fault but I can't help shake the feeling that I could have done more.
    ConfusedJon ConfusedJon 26-30, M Aug 13, 2014

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    Counselor Specializing In Personality Disorders

    I began working as a counselor about a year ago at a local psychiatric ward. Due to my own struggles with personality issues, as well as the lack of counselors who are even willing to treat personality disorders, I decided to specialize in the field. So far I have worked with...
    jayjangle jayjangle 22-25 1 Response May 16, 2013

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    I found a great site to get my continuing

    education credits! I thought that I'd share the coupon with my fellow counselors. Get $10 off a one year unlimited subscription or $15 off a two year unlimited subscription. Expires on 08/19/2015. ce4less com coupon code = 108409
    love2helpu love2helpu 31-35, M Mar 9

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    An interesting read on sleep loss

    and mood. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-you-and-me/201308/all-night-the-effects-sleep-loss-mood
    love2helpu love2helpu 31-35, M Mar 10

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    Anybody Use An Iphone?

    I built an application for the iPhone called QuickDSM and it is a good reference tool for looking up criteria without pulling out the big book and trying to find a disorder.   - Jim
    Jammericon Jammericon 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 12, 2010

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    Hello! I'm in college to be a counsellor

    and i want to start and practise on people online first, so if you've had problems or still are having problems with anything in life don't be afraid to message me and ill talk to you! Thank you! You'll help me a lot as well as i hopefully will help you
    Suicidesilenced Suicidesilenced 13-15, F 5 Responses Sep 12, 2014

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    Exams Coming

    i need to write 3000 words about ellis and cognitive therapy....help! im crap at essays.. can anyone help?
    maninamousesuit maninamousesuit 51-55, M May 9, 2008

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    Free Counseling For Cancer & Palliative Patient

    Counseling Service, for almost every problems-family, marriage, sex, child, personal, secrecy guaranteed with confidence. call ramesh 91-9903871861 or contact ramesmaji@gmail. com.  
    ramesmaji ramesmaji 36-40, M Nov 23, 2009

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    With Wings is a group on Facebook

    which offers help and support for those who need it. It is a safe space for members to come together, make friends and help others as well as themselves. If you suffer from a mental illness, self harm or have an eating disorder then this is a place for you to come and be...
    withwingsgroup withwingsgroup 18-21, F Dec 11, 2014

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    I'm An Elementary School Counselor

    I started working as an elementary school counselor last year. I love working with the kids and I think I connect really well with them because I am petite and I look very young. And I can also remember very well what it was like to be a kid and I can relate well to the kids...
    infinitedreamer infinitedreamer 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 22, 2008

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    I Want to Be a Counselor

    I am getting ready to start my BA degree and I am excited. I am going through N C C A C .It is a Christian school .
    MARYMI MARYMI 46-50 2 Responses May 28, 2008

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    New Counselor- Help In Preventing Burnout?

    I will have my master's very shortly, I just wrapped up my final internship and I have a few job prospects...it would be good for me to meet some people who are also counselors and more experienced, ones who could help me learn how to better self-care and prevent burnout. I have...
    Susannahjade Susannahjade 26-30, F 1 Response May 1, 2013

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    Crash...and Burn

    They warned my class 50% of us would do that...burn out. The long hours, constant isolation, only surrounding ourselves with people who are in constant turmoil and pain...the "God" syndrome that you develop from the adoration developed by your patients. I didn't think that...
    m2extreme m2extreme 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 30, 2011

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    What It Means To Be A Counselor

    What it means to be a counselor, defining a since of purpose…A counselor must bind their eyes of preconceptionsRemoving the shoes of personal judgment as to tread lightly around fractured identitiesTo gain awareness through connection and feelingWith bare feet, as to be...
    CounselorDan CounselorDan 46-50, M Mar 12, 2013

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    I'm Not A Counselor, Just Need Advice

    Well I figured this would be the best place to get the advice I needed. I was recently raped, and am pregnant now with twins. Yes I am struggling with my emotions from the rape, but thats not what I need advice on. My school teachers were contacted about the ordeal but other than...
    nataly66 nataly66 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2011

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    I'm a Counselor, Not a Saint!

    I am a counselor, having worked for many years with various populations:  substance abusers, persons with severe/persistent mental illnesses, persons with developmental disorders, persons with physical disabilities.  When people learn this they automatically assume that...
    alisarosenbaum alisarosenbaum 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 10, 2007

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    Counselor Stress

    I am a vocational rehabilitation counselor.  Right now is one of the two worst times of the year, 1 week before college begins.  I worked until 11pm last night getting the paperwork done so that "procrastinators" could get the state to sponsor their college...
    jkail1947 jkail1947 61-65, F 3 Responses Aug 30, 2008

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    Challenging Colleague

    My colleague (with whom I share an office) is a very difficult person. She is somewhat competent in terms of counseling, although I don't agree with many of her techniques, she doesn't appear to be doing any harm. I think the main problem is she has mental health problems (PTSD...
    justiceandtruth justiceandtruth 36-40 1 Response Mar 5, 2012

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    counseling is a part of my job

    because i work as a school social worker so i consider myself counselor to the kids and their parents but i also studied counseling Diploma and read much books and did already counseling for some online friends.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 17, 2014

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    tgrakes tgrakes 26-30, F Aug 13, 2014

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    Related Experiences

    Maybe if I went to talk to a professional, things would get better! I have so much going on and can't always talk about it! maybe a counselor is who I need to talk to!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 16

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    So it's been a while since I've posted anything. I've had some good months and I've had some very bad months. But I have continued to see my counsellor once a week. I think...
    0justme0 0justme0 26-30, F Apr 3

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    these are bits of stories from when i reached out to campus police for help when going through mental health crises: - February 15, 2014: Invest. Caban gently spoke to me. He...
    Degrassi94 Degrassi94 18-21, F 59 mins ago

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    Well let me start from the very beginning. So this is going to be long. I was barely fifteen when I was sexually assaulted by one of my neighbors and his friend (this can be...
    AttachmentIssues AttachmentIssues 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    Ever since I was sexually assaulted by two former classmates of mine, my life has never been the same. My family disowned me because my mom's side of the family thought it was my...
    AttachmentIssues AttachmentIssues 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    It's been three years since I moved away from where I used to live. I've gotten a lot better but there's still a ways to go. (This is very long so I don't know if anyone will...
    aki98 aki98 16-17, T Apr 1

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    I lost my virginity in summer camp when i was 12 with one of the counselors. I actually snuck out after curfew to make out with with of the other campers, he was an older boy from...
    candygirl13 candygirl13 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    In this house, everyone is guilty of something. Here, everybody is lugubrious. We have enough to be happy but we use what we have to create an even greater amount of sadness. We...
    jjjjjjaaaaaahhhhfgfgfgffgf jjjjjjaaaaaahhhhfgfgfgffgf 13-15, F Apr 11

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    Envy is a typical human emotion. Universal, really. Everyone feels it about something. But for me, I feel it about odd things. I wish I had this, or I wish I had that, and honestly...
    Skollon Skollon 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    In fact, we know of ... … 402 babies saved from abortion during this 40 Days for Life campaign! As we enter what’s often called “the week that changed the world,” we...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 51-55, M Apr 2

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    signing up for spring semester in two weeks! I'm kind of stressed out about it because I've been taking random classes while having a psychology major. next week I'm gonna try...
    WeirdOtaku WeirdOtaku 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    My husband knocked on the slightly a jarred door as I stood in front of the bathroom mirror, shortly after I stepped out of the shower in our hotel room in NYC, (celebrating our...
    justnicky justnicky 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    The year 2010 was the turning point of my life. I went back to UK in October 2010 with my dad. I met my old classmates there, whom I didnt know that well but we became good friends...
    cloud0connected cloud0connected 26-30, F Apr 11

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    It's really long but reading it would mean a lot. When I was 5 I was raped and haven't told anyone. When I eventually switched schools I became emotionally unavailable and had no...
    omni3543 omni3543 13-15, F 6 Responses Apr 12

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    My husband and I have been married for nine years and together for fourteen. We got married just after my 24th birthday. In that time we've moved all across north america and had...
    thelifeandtimes thelifeandtimes 31-35, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    Hello my fellow EP members.I would like to share a personal experience that recently happen to me.I recently have been going threw some personal issues with my Family.I have been...
    Fruitypunch15 Fruitypunch15 31-35 22 hrs ago

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    Victim Of Tyranny-No I was NOT "stolen" from you by "nosy *** White folks in your business believing my damn lies". I was RESCUED from you after 9 1/2 years under your mediocre...
    Selah94 Selah94 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 26

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    As a separation, and subsequent divorce, approaches, I have noticed a temptation to be the "fun dad," always lobbying for the remaining minor to elect to live with me. But this is...
    streetcsi streetcsi 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 27

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    She keeps rejecting me! Is it that we have grown apart, the kids, she's bored, she's just comfortable in out relationship. Something is going to give. It has to, for my sanity. I...
    MC1228 MC1228 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 28

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    Thank you 1alwaysdreaming for this wonderful idea.Hi. Despite my username, I'm feeling a lot better and I am now open to helping as many people as possible. I want to be a school...
    ForeverAloneForeverFriendZoned ForeverAloneForeverFriendZoned 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 28

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    So much work, never enough time. Even the word college sends me into a rage. I don't know what it is about the word but it makes me snap and bark like an angry dog. I have felt...
    CyanideAndCupcakes CyanideAndCupcakes 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 28

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    Im struggling. Just like I've always been. Ppl never are what they seem. I trust ppl an they all eventually turn on me. I take a huge risk letting them know a few things about my...
    AquilaAqua AquilaAqua 13-15, M 2 Responses Mar 29

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