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I Am a Counselor

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 88 People

    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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 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 1 Response Mar 9

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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 1 Response Aug 13, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    tgrakes tgrakes 26-30, F Aug 13, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 6 Responses Sep 12, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Make no mistake. I am still married and I still feel isolated in my marriage. But things have gotten better. Not because my husband has matured as a person or become compassionate...
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    Hi guys, here’s my (rather lengthy) tale of woe. I lost someone to suicide. And I feel as if I will shortly go the same way. Early 2014, I was a 16 year old Junior (uh-oh). I had...
    sallyscallop sallyscallop 18-21, F 2 Responses May 4

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    I have a 10yr old girl and an 8yr old boy. I love my kids, I really do, but I'm getting to the point that I resent my daughter so badly. Some days I wish she was 18 already so she...
    atwitsend84 atwitsend84 26-30, F 2 Responses May 7

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    I have been sexually assaulted twice and nearly almost rapped. I find it so hard to connect with men, even my boyfriend. I don't do lovey dovey things. I don't let him hold my hand...
    AttachmentIssues AttachmentIssues 18-21, F 9 Responses May 9

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    Only by a bit, though. Well...what I consider to be "a bit," anyway. I can hear people talking to me. They just need to talk a bit louder, that's all. And it tends to fluctuate. I...
    Jugemu Jugemu 31-35, M May 3

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    On the off chance that you've been charged of a criminal action, you have to take movement in a split second. You should not nervousness, but rather you ought to think things...
    attorneyroo02 attorneyroo02 22-25, F May 8

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    I'm married to a Narcissistic and have been for 9years. This has been the most hardest thing to endure everyday! Most days I feel completely lonely and not sure what will happen...
    stwbr4me stwbr4me 31-35, F 2 Responses May 11

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    Well I hate my body. I was bullied pretty bad of being over weight. But one day I realized I need to do something with my self so I exercised a lot. I lost weight but I still hate...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 14

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    Most little kids hate wearing clothes and are natural nudists until people (often parents) start interfering. My first experience with being naked in a large group was at summer...
    davyjo davyjo 51-55, M 6 Responses May 15

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    This school year has been specifically a tough one as it was one where I had to make the decision of what I wanted to do after high school. Under the pressure, I fell under anxiety...
    Sil833 Sil833 18-21, F 1 Response May 18

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    LMAO! I am a morning person alright! I was up at 08:30! That was when I watched my TV with 1 hour sleep timer, The Twilight Zone. I have been up since 10:30 the day before. I...
    CannaCat CannaCat 46-50, M 4 Responses May 21

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    I am 30 years old and married and I had an abortion. I am sharing my story because these stories really helped me in the weeks before I made my decision. I was never against...
    Beachygirl09 Beachygirl09 26-30 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am a 53 year old Christian who has been living the past 25 years with my wife more as a room mate than as a soul mate. My wife has refused any intimacy over the past 13 years (I...
    Gbernier123 Gbernier123 51-55, M 2 days ago

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    after 18 years, I was told by a guidance counselor that I am autistic, now I am left to cope with it alone...
    omss omss 18-21, M May 3

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    My, recently turned, 13 yr old daughter just told me she remembers being molested by her bio father. She remembered through a dream and told her school counselor and then me. To be...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 4

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    This post is really long. It's about me. I don't mind if you want to read or now. I'm a 15 year-old Malaysian girl. I've been depressed since 2 years ago but it was not worse as...
    introverrted introverrted 13-15, F May 4

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    anyone have a boyfriend or husband in prison in NC?? Or federal prison?? I miss my boyfriend so so bad and he's been gone 4 years and we don't know his release date yet. He says...
    hippieheddy hippieheddy 31-35, F 1 Response May 5

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    Yes, I know that it's a common trend to go through majors and life careers like tissue paper, but I don't want to be like that. I want to figure out, at least vaguely, what I'm...
    Shinoyo Shinoyo 18-21, F 3 Responses May 5

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    The ups and the downs. He has those. Counseling today. Tip toes around his conversation about her- he says he and his counselor talked about how he's angry at and with her- he...
    UnrequitedControl UnrequitedControl 31-35, F 1 Response May 6

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    I had fallen in love with my former Spanish II BACT Prep teacher two years ago. My friend had even warned me of it,but I hadn't listened to him thinking that nothing was going to...
    Jada1995 Jada1995 18-21, F May 6

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    I have been married for 6 months now. I have known my husband for nearly 4 yrs. I have been around my step son for 2 years. I have never bad mouthed the ex/biological mother in the...
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