Good Evening Abigail,
If you are considering to become a mental health counselor, it can be an incredibly rewarding job because it gives you an opportunity to interact with people and help them address psychological issues. On the other hand, being a mental health counselor can be draining at times for a variety of reasons. For example, you may work with client that is reluctant to open up to you; a client can be dealing with mental health concerns or trauma, which can be challenging; forcing clients to make progress when they are not ready yet; and clients can be resistent to change.
The constant struggle to develop trust, cultivate a relationship and set goals for clients only to watch them struggle, even after months or years of therapy, can cause you to feel a little pessimistic after time. Mental Health Counselors must develop a thick skin and a sense of confidence to help clients continue to enjoy the profession.
Time spent helping people to lead more productive, functional and happier lives can be deeply satisfying and challenging. Many people become therapists without knowing or understanding the true requirements of the profession. Having a better understanding on what it is truly like to be a therapist can help you decide whether this profession is right for you. In the end, the joys of the profession surely outweighs the challenges of licensed mental health counseling.
Nija recommends the following next steps:
- Try interviewing therapists in your community. Talking to other mental health counselors about the realities of the job can help you decide for sure if this is the right profession for you. Related Articles