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I Am a Counselor

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    tgrakes tgrakes 26-30, F Aug 13, 2014

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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 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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    What It Means To Be A Counselor

    What it means to be a counselor, defining a since of purposeā€¦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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    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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    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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    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 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'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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Today was my first visit to the counselor.. It was fine, better than I expected. She was with an assistant, her assistant did most of the asking. She asked a lot of "interesting...
    AnonymousJSS AnonymousJSS 13-15, F 4 hrs ago

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    Hi I would like to share my personal experience I have had.I was a victim of emotional and verbal abuse.So I wanted to share my personal story to help others out there.For most of...
    Fruitypunch15 Fruitypunch15 31-35 2 days ago

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    I went to a counselor today, and I definitely related to her quite a bit, I filled out these question forms, and I apparently have severe anxiety. Then my mom started crying...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I want to be a therapist, counselor, psychologist or anything like those. I'm so interested in psychology and I don't care if I'm just a high school counselor it's just something I...
    Lcy2472 Lcy2472 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    I have overcome severe depression, addiction amongst other problems thanks to friends, family and counselors. I would like to give a helping hand to any of you who are needing...
    7lulu 7lulu 41-45, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'll be going to my first real counselor visit in less than a week. My mother is going with me. I think it will be sort of odd and uncomfortable the first few visits but it is...
    LadyBarefoot LadyBarefoot 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Since we are all honest here...I think I officially hate my step daugther. She lies, shes fake, and manipulative. Now she has stepped into destroying my property. Ive fought harder...
    incufreak213 incufreak213 31-35, F 5 Responses Jul 23

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    The real focus of this story is my amazing husband. I cannot believe how blessed i am to have him as my partner all these years. He has remained steadfast and true, while i have...
    goodbnbad goodbnbad 41-45, F 7 Responses Jul 23

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    I know my husband is trying to make things right in our marriage (12 yrs). But, it took him 2 years to see what he has done. Im trying so hard to overcome the resentment I have...
    Sassy76tx Sassy76tx 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    Youth camp. It takes me back. For some reason, It makes me talk a lot of smack. Maybe it's so no one will get too close, Or maybe it's because my mind will float. I start to...
    UnderTheSleeves UnderTheSleeves 13-15, F Jul 23

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    I can't remember a time I've answered "how are you" any different. A lie I've never faced. I haven't been fine, well, ever. I've tried, I've been to rehab, I've talked to a lot of...
    Thequietwithin Thequietwithin 22-25, M Jul 22

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    I have been with the same man for 12 years and It has never been easy. I have let him walk all over me and forgiven him. Almost 7 years ago we had our first child and 16 months...
    Brokendreams32 Brokendreams32 31-35, F Jul 22

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    My parents were divorced about a decade ago. The Cause: my mom and dad would have terrible fights. It was horrible. I was an only child. My mom would sometimes sleep in my room...
    Novuko129 Novuko129 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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    You are the guru....You are a naturally good counselor. You are inspiring, encouraging, and compassionate.You are eager to help everyone who crosses your path, even those who don't...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 22

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    I think I'm in love with my best friend. Let's just call him Bob, So I met Bob in 5th grade, I despised him greatly because he was annoying. So, I basically bullied him. However...
    kng123 kng123 18-21, F Jul 21

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    I can't stand someone who says all the right things, falling on their sword, and then acts completely differently. Actions do speak louder than words. My husband keeps asking if...
    FakeIsTheNewReal FakeIsTheNewReal 31-35, F 24 Responses Jul 21

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    I'm 17. I'll be 18 the 2nd of next month. I live in a really small town and on the outskirts of said small town. My mom never taught me to ride a bike and I'm honestly just kind of...
    arachnicat arachnicat 18-21, F Jul 21

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    Well mine thinks he is gay... In a way it would explain a LOT if he is. After 25 years of marriage I was told twice by my ex he didn't love me anymore. On the night he asked me for...
    btapwood btapwood 46-50, F Jul 21

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    I consider myself TG, although I've seen a counselor just once, about 5 years ago, who diagnosed me with gender dysphoria. She offered a transition plan and referred me to surgeon...
    JennyBensen JennyBensen 36-40, T 1 Response Jul 20

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    I could not afford to go to college and I did not have anyone to help me pay for my education. I was ill-informed about the steps for applying to college and finding scholarships...
    harliieq harliieq 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    I don't know why but I had to share this on here. I wrote this essay quite a few years ago but I just read it and felt like it was something I should post here. *** Some of the...
    justluvme4evr justluvme4evr 22-25, F Jul 19

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    I have never even had a sip of alcohol. I actually have a fear of it. I can't be around people who are drinking without having a panic attack and crying uncontrollably. I have...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F Jul 19

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    I come here a lot since I am disabled and have tons of my own problems. It does a lot of good reading and replying to the posts here. I sometimes just give younger people an off...
    boldtimer boldtimer 66-70, M 1 Response