The question you are asking has many answers....I will try to give some.
Benefits to myself are:
- I see myself in others and I get to learn how to move through difficulties from another's point of view
- I feel a sense of pride and am proud of myself when I see my clients feeling better and understanding themselves more
- I get to be a part of other's lives, some I would not come in contact with within my day to day life
- I feel I belong with other psychologists and people in this field of the mind and emotion
- I get to set my own hours because I work for myself and my clients, so I have freedom
- I am naturally curious, so working this closely with clients fulfills that curiosity about how others live, love, and heal
- I get paid well for my time, and that is a nice benefit
- I get to help those who would normally not be able to pay for this type of deep work because insurance helps them, and I offer free hours to those in need, so I feel like I am helping my community
- And being a part of such a long profession, I get to read and be involved in new ideas and a mixture of old and new ideas...it's fun!
Hope this helps.
-can assist individuals, couples, families
-can work in pediatrics or focus on children
-can begin career as a therapist and then change careers to only involve teaching or conducting assessments (i.e. ADHD/IQ/etc.)