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Why you decided to be a clinical psychologist?

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David’s Answer

When I was an undergraduate, I decided on psychology because I wanted to help people and was also interested in the way the human mind and consciousness work. The choice was between Psychiatry and psychology, in my mind. As I had difficulty in Math and Science classes, but did well in my Intro to Psychology class, I opted for Psychology.
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Cynthia’s Answer

When I decided to major in psychology in college I just assumed I was going to be a therapist helping individual clients. While in undergrad several friends and family suggested I concentrate on organizational psychology which emphasized working in a corporate environment. Honestly, I wasn't sure what I would be doing if I chose that path. After graduating with my B.A. I went straight to grad school and decided on the Industrial Psychology master's degree program, which meant I would be learning all about corporations and employees. I ended up working in a corporate environment for many years. Deep down I had actually wanted to work with clients who were struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. I had not followed my own interests and intuition. Many years later I returned to grad school and received my master's in Clinical Counseling and became a therapist. I love what I do. I help people struggling with relationship issues, substance abuse, and addiction, and various other behavioral health issues. I'm so glad that I decided to return to school and follow my dream of helping others.
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