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I Am a Counselor

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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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2015

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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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    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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    tgrakes tgrakes 26-30, F Aug 13, 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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    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 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, 2015

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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 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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Okay, so sophomore year, the year I started to come out of my shell. It was really a great year. I met all the new people I was supposed to meet my freshman year (They always say...
    HPlover394 HPlover394 18-21, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I came to EP a couple years ago, dont remember why or how i found it, but over that time I have met some of the best people I have ever had in my life. i have now three of my ever...
    boldtimer boldtimer 66-70, M 12 hrs ago

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    I remember my school had a cool drug counselor,  ofcourse he used to do drugs but now he was trying to help kids quit them. Whenever he got the chance he would always be watching...
    SweetDreamsRubi SweetDreamsRubi 22-25, F 2 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    Thinking about my life makes me so angry. I went into counseling one day and my counselor told me I looked so sad. At home I'm just filled with so much anger. I don't look sad at...
    aquamoongoddess aquamoongoddess 22-25, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Thinking about my life makes me so angry. I went into counseling one day and my counselor told me I looked so sad. At home I'm just filled with so much anger that I express in...
    aquamoongoddess aquamoongoddess 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    I have been married to my N for 16 years. Last summer I went to see a counselor and after about 5 minutes she told me he was a N. Her next question I thought was kind of funny. She...
    beckyls beckyls 46-50, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    My mother was raised by an insane woman, who happened to be my grandmother. The grandmother and the grandfather(who was a kind man) (my mothers parents)were 2nd generation...
    notPC notPC 56-60, F 8 Responses 2 days ago

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    Hubby & I have married 18 years, dated 4 years before marrying. He has one daughter who's mother wasn't in her life growing up. I was unable to have children & hoped we could...
    tinkerette tinkerette 56-60, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Saying that I want to drop band is like saying I want to kill myself. It's alot easier said than done I found out today. I was sent to the counselor during band so I wouldn't have...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    A Christian's EulogyMy Dear Mrs. Estillgirl,I haven't forgotten you or your family when you broke the news to me.(as tears fall)This must be one of the hardest things a Minister...
    eyeno eyeno 61-65, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My classes will still start at 1 PM, but I’m already at the univ before 6 AM. I wouldn’t have anything else to do at home anyway. I was just walking around the campus for hours...
    GummiBr GummiBr 18-21, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hello my name is Robbie, I've been stuttering ever since I could remember. It is something that affects my everyday life, not only does it effect the quality of life that live but...
    RobbieRoss22 RobbieRoss22 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    All the above are true (married, lonely, and crave intimacy), but the intensity with which I feel the emotional aspects of loneliness and intimacy seem to vary quite a bit. There...
    jhayek jhayek 46-50, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I can't figure out why these males (can't bring myself to call them men) want to treat women like trash, they are anything but that! It was a woman that carried you for 9 months...
    manofintegrity manofintegrity 56-60, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My 18th birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm starting to dread it. Why do people make such a big deal out of it, other than the fact that it's the majority age? I've...
    Imbolcumbra Imbolcumbra 16-17, M Jan 30

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    I am hopeless, I may never lose any weight. I just want to die already. My stranger for a Mother and both her first and second boyfriend, along with her second boyfriend's entire...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F Jan 29

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    My husband and I have had a terribly rocky last three years together. He's cycled, going from adoring me to blaming me; he's begged me to stay and he's insisted I leave. He's...
    FakeIsTheNewReal FakeIsTheNewReal 31-35, F Jan 29

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    I hate when my mom bring up old stuff saying that I am smart. Can't she see that old person is gone! I wish people can stop calling me smart when I'm not. The counselor at my...
    ILoveBacon23 ILoveBacon23 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    My life has always been a complete rollercoaster. I am a 19 year old freshman in college, who wants to major in graphic arts. I have Asperger syndrome, Bipolar, ADHD, and...
    Triomatix Triomatix 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Hi....Am a 27 year old Counselor in a School District in California state and my husband is a Assistant Professor of History in a University. Both of us are so thankful to God that...
    ananyarg ananyarg 22-25, F Jan 28

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    when your school counselor says to "forgive and forget". when the person you thought was your bestfriend spreads rumors that you started a rumor. when you sit alone at lunch. when...
    rileyjk rileyjk 18-21, F Jan 27

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