What inspired you to become a good counselor also how much do you get paid for doing your job?
Counselling is something that i thought of doing but never really thought about taking it as a career job. Can you tell me when first started off as a counselor was u nervous about it ?
Raffinée Wilson, M.S., LPC
As far as being nervous, I absolutely was. I had great supervisors (this is key to the journey) who saw greatness in me, encouraged me along the journey, equipped me with new skills and tools, and most of all they encouraged me to be authentically me. Honestly, there are times those nerves still come up. I am reminded that I don't have to know everything and I have a great network of colleagues that I can consult with when needed.
Pay can vary greatly depending on the environment you work in and your experience. Glassdoor.com can be a good site to use to see what people are reporting they make in different companies.
I was teaching guitar lessons to children when I was a teenager, and discovered that I had a real knack for communicating with them. This led me to consider counseling kids for my career. It was a challenging road to navigate in order to get where I wanted to go, and it was definitely nerve-racking to work with young people in a one-on-one or group setting at first. Building confidence is key, Charles, so as you continue to do your work and get good results, you will start to gain confidence and believe in yourself.
Getting the appropriate training and college degrees are, of course, very important. After that, working and practicing as much as you can will help you overcome nervousness, although I must admit that a small amount of nerves can sometimes help you stay focused and do your job well.
I hope this answer helps a bit, and wish you all the best.
My own struggles and my own experience in counseling, along with my interest in Psychology, prompted me to become a counselor. When I first started, of course I was nervous! I had a great team of professionals helping me along the way in my program who all helped me be confident in my skills. The more experience I get, the less nervous and more confident I become =). Your pay can range depending on where you work--you can check out the median pay on O*Net. You may get paid more or less than that median pay when you start out, but I think you may have more opportunity financially as you gain experience. Good luck! If you have a heart for counseling, and are able to be honest and explore yourself, it is a great field, and can always accept more great counselors to the field!