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Is it difficult to help all kinds of people, whether they deserve it or not?

I am a senior in high school and I have been set on studying psychology and becoming a therapist my whole life. One thing I think about a lot as I pursue this career is "am I only going to be able to help the privileged?". I want to help more people than who has a surplus of money for mental health help.
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Kim’s Answer


This is a very insightful question. There are many programs to provide mental health services to the less fortunate in our society. Many people get into social service programs, and providers (such as nonprofits and other mental health agencies) compete for the very lucrative contracts.

I'm not in mental health, so, I can't be any more specific. sorry!

What I would like to talk to you about is salaries, and lifestyle. Sadly, those who provide services to the less fortunate are often paid accordingly. That is, there are some positions that don't pay what they should. (and, some that do!) Please think about how you define both personal and career "success." Do you see yourself living modestly, or, do you want the house on the hill decorated with collector art pieces, and hosting 2 parties a year? The more modest your lifestyle, the more flexible your career choices.

Also think about career "Success." Each client is a potential success story. Owning your own practice is success. The more you are able to define these terms up front, the easier life will be for you as you struggle with decisions about changing jobs for career growth opportunities, etc.

hope this helps!

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Jerry’s Answer

The best answer I can give you is to make your own destiny. You have the ability to pave the way to make mental health available to all and be a true altruist and do it for others and not for financial gain! I believe in your pursuit!

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Vikram’s Answer

Hey Hailey , there are ways to serve people who need them, we have community center's to begin with where we can see people come with various needs on mental health. Two ways we can handle this, 1) one you can be a professional and manage various set of clients and 2) address mental health by means of service which you can give back to society but offering free consultations and also addressing their challenges. So to me I would approach your question as mentioned above.

Hope this helps!



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Karl’s Answer

Where there is a will there is a way. Early in my medical practice, I sought out community programs that were nonprofits or grant programs and spent a percentage of my time over the years involved in that type of care. The other thing is, if no program exist in the area you want to work in you may think of starting a new program yourself.