Mental Health Counselor
Greater Chicago Area
First let me state: I'm not a psychologist, I'm a counselor. Many people who are not in this field (and many young people who haven't begun the taxing process of navigating college majors) tend to clump Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors and Social Workers all in the same category, believing that we all perform talk therapy. Talk therapy is what I do…even though I'm not a psychologist :) For me the most rewarding part of my work is watching my clients grow and transform their lives. When there is a good fit between therapist and client- magic can happen! It is amazing to watch people you've come to care about take control of their life and get healthy. It is quite literally like gazing into a cocoon and watching the process of transformation from caterpillar to butterfly….there is no other experience I've had in my life that can compare. I am in absolute awe of the process and it never gets old. My second favorite thing is when my client leaves therapy. That may sound counterintuitive but when you're doing therapy properly you're helping clients come to depend on themselves and therefor to not need you anymore. Those moments are typically filled with tears, of both joy and loss, and some of the kindest words of gratitude I hear. Many people in the helping professions get into this work for reasons other than getting rich, we see other rewards as more important than money…this has always been true for me and i have no regrets about it. Witnessing a client "launch" and hearing, "I wouldn't be here without your help" is the greatest life's reward I could imagine experiencing.