There are benefits to the ongoing training of being a counselor that I was not expecting. In addition to having the opportunity to work with and learn from clients, the other 3 benefits I have experienced are:
Before I started training to be a counselor, I thought counseling was only completed in one very particular type of setting. There would be two chairs, a lamp, and a maybe a picture hanging up. I am still excited when I learn about all the different settings counseling can be practiced in and the variety of ways counseling can be delivered. I am in awe of counselors who change the way counseling is delivered, thus opening up counseling to populations that may not have access to counseling. Add to this the different therapies that can be utilized, and counseling becomes a field that is as unique as the clients we work with. Counseling is a field where I can continue to grow as a professional counselor, as interests and new ideas emerge.
Studying and practicing counseling has given me the language and framework to get to know myself better. I am more able to pinpoint what’s bothering me and what I can do to take care of myself. This self-awareness is important because it has led to more genuine relationships, peace of mind, and improved communication.
I need a way to keep track of all the resources I am currently accessing! The surprising part to me is how learning about counseling is always intriguing to me. I can’t think of another topic that I would want to know as much detail about. And with new techniques and perspectives that arise, I know my interest will not be diminishing any time soon. Counseling has truly tapped into my love of learning. If there is training available, I am excited to attend because I can always take away at least one new way of thinking about a client’s presenting concern, or one new way I can improve as a counselor. Counseling increased my curiosity of the world.
What impact has becoming a professional counselor had on you?
Jackie Torres is a counselor in Colorado with a particular interest in the world of work. She enjoys helping people find what makes them feel strong and energized at work. She is also learning to play the guitar.