Many people worry about how they will handle listening to others' stories. All along the way during your education towards becoming a psychologist, you will learn how to take care of yourself and separate yourself from what you are hearing. Also, it's a very good idea to enter into your own therapy so that you can understand yourself as well as possible, so that you are less likely to be triggered by anything a patient brings to sessions. One way to look at the reason for having your own therapy is that we can only heal others to the degree we ourselves have been healed.
Jeanne recommends the following next steps:
- Talk to your parents about starting your own therapy.
- Look on PsychologyToday.com and find a local psychologist. Call that person and see if you can set up an information interview to find out more about how they care for themselves and manage their own feelings regarding what they hear in sessions.