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I Am a Counselor

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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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    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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    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'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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    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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    tgrakes tgrakes 26-30, F Aug 13, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Aug 13, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 can't believe they had that 0.0 but yeah, it's my dream job! I love biology and science is just my thing. Its my favorite subject!
    Uhilikepizza Uhilikepizza 13-15, F Feb 7

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    Counselling isn't really helping. I feel as though I need to talk about it to forget it, but they don't ever let me. They want to talk about my 'feelings' and I don't know how I...
    betruetoyourself14 betruetoyourself14 13-15, F Feb 19

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    I love this life that the good Lord has gifted to me, and I pay it forward. Every Friday, for roughly the past 20 months, I have welcomed into my house, members of the Jehovah...
    leosdisciple leosdisciple 56-60, M 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I decided to talk to a college counselor last week because initially I intended on actually making an appointment to see a therapist. I talked to my family about me going to see...
    PricelessJourney PricelessJourney 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 21

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    A few days ago I took the Myers-Briggs personality type for the gazillionth time and I got the result of INFJ. Up until that point, I had only gotten the result of ISFP and I never...
    choirnerd8492 choirnerd8492 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I threw out the bags of stomach bile. I waited until a few bags were filled up, and then I walked the short distance to the apartment dumpster. ~~~~~~ I don't know if she was...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 21

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    Been tickling since before kindergarten. The same behavior goes from cute to creepy as one gets older. Its sad. But, here's a story from my youth. True and my favorite Summer. I...
    TicklElder TicklElder 41-45, M Feb 22

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    I intend to get a watch exam along with a pair of prescription eyeglasses at Walmart Eyesight Heart. Can any one notify me that will wal-mart eyesight center accept medicaid?Our...
    Joseph9257jwj6 Joseph9257jwj6 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 10

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    Hi there... I need some help from others that have gotten out of a narcissistic marriage, and have kids. Here's the rough sketch of my story: I was in relationship and married to...
    beesknees12 beesknees12 41-45, F 7 Responses Feb 16

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    This is a letter for my counselor. I see her tomorrow. Blood drips from my wrists. But I feel no pain. No physical pain anyway. It only temporarily numbs my emotional pain. The...
    kellezia kellezia 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    when I was a small child about the age of 2 I was beaten, I was beaten to the age of 10. im 14 now but I still remember some of the beatings like it was yesterday. my father is a...
    justneedshope justneedshope 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 20

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    Another car dream. This time dad was driving me and my brother. We got to an intersection, and dad just got out of the car an left. My brother somehow started driving from the back...
    BroguesAndJeans BroguesAndJeans 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I was diagnosed with BP-NOS. My story starts when I was eighteen. I went to an out-of-state university on a full scholarship. I was in the top ten of my class and I had a bright...
    InsaneFlowerGirl InsaneFlowerGirl 22-25, F 3 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    today I was brought to my counselors office to be told someone had sent them an email about me having suicidal thoughts if anything that made me cry they didn't have the guts to...
    fighting4myself fighting4myself 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 2

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    I think ill go back to writing.. what other choice do I have? nobody stays.. but thats okay.. I used to write for who ever would listen. If I read my own writings after I post...
    KovusShame KovusShame 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 4

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    OK wow I've never really had a chance to actually vent about this but here it goes: I love my mom but she can be extremely difficult to deal with and it's not just me who feels...
    sleepyphotograher sleepyphotograher 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 5

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    i want to kill myself. my situation can't b helped- i can't talk to my parents, can't tell a counselor, can't tell a professor, can't ask campus police. i can't survive this.
    Degrassi94 Degrassi94 18-21, F Feb 5

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    I had to see many diffent psychiatrists psychologists and counselors, all of whom having different approaches and opinions and different meds for me to take. I was diagnosed with...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 6

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    Abortion after rape......There has been some chat on whether abortion should be allowed after rape. The facts are interesting...two studies about pregnant rape victims both...
    romaine1993 romaine1993 22-25, F 7 Responses Feb 6

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    I joined EP to figure out what was wrong with my marriage. Two months later, after a lot of agonizing and worry about how a divorce would impact my husband and family, everything...
    jkm52 jkm52 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    My high school looks like a DMV Mental Institution. I went to so many other high schools for matches and you can literally fit my entire school into half of their entire school...
    mightymouse69 mightymouse69 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    I don't have a family. I'd call them my guardians at this point. Growing up, nobody was ever around and if they were, they were either beating me or verbal tearing me apart. So it...
    mightymouse69 mightymouse69 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 8

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    I don't get why people think my life is so sad. I'm even forced to talk to the counselors about things they consider problems that doesn't even bother me. I've been alone my whole...
    mightymouse69 mightymouse69 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 8

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    Well this is my first post but here goes, I'm 14 years old, when I was 12 my family moved into a new house, I was so excited because I got to share the biggest room in the house...
    autobot14 autobot14 22-25, F Feb 8

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    Two people Johnny Cornut And Carol Crappyshitz John was my cousins friend, and Carol used to work at my high school as a career counselor.
    Twichl Twichl 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 9