If i wanna be a mental health counselor does it affect my mental health in anyway or has it affected you in any way being a counselor?
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Your question is an interesting one. All jobs have stress, but when you are working with people in distress there are some special ones. A counselor needs to be able to deal with clients' negative emotions sympathetically without getting caught up in them. In my psychology practice I dealt with many clients who were victims of violent crimes and abuse. A lot of the things that happened to them were horrific and it was hard to listen to their emotional pain and not be affected. I dealt with these situations by focusing on what I could do to help them feel better and get past their pain. If you can do that I think you have a bright future in this field.
Best of luck in your career pursuits.
Ray Finn, Ph.D.