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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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!