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Is it mentally challenging to be a Clinical and Counseling Psychologist?

Hi! One of the careers that I am interested in is a Clinical and Counseling Psychologist. I was wondering if while working and helping others who may have issues with their mental health, also takes a toll on your mental health. What do you do to maintain a good head space while working in this career?

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Katie’s Answer

It certainly can be. I worked at a nonprofit that focused on supporting people as they went through challenging experiences, like the loss of a loved one, divorce, illness, etc. We had community moderators who read and reviewed comments, and supporting people through those challenges definitely took its toll on them. We ended up bringing in some counselors to help them on a monthly basis, so they could discuss what it's like to carry that load with someone.

I think it's a wonderful career. You will probably just want to make sure you have a great therapist of your own that you can work with to process your work experiences.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is a really great insight into this career and I appreciate it! Kaitlyn
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Michael’s Answer

Not at all!!! As long as you are familiar with your personal worldview, there are no additional challenges! The field itself is rewarding and if you are doing it for the right reason, there will be no undue stress. There are ways to help you process what you are experiencing with your clients. You have a wealth of support from colleagues and you also have staff meetings that can be used to express your personal ideas and concerns! Just be careful not to take the events of the day home with you. It is a special skill, to learn to leave the business at work at the end of the day and pick it up the next day, however, with time and understanding you will be able to master that skill as well. People of all professions should be keenly aware of when they are in trouble and immediately seek professional help to resolve problems before they grow.
All the best to you in your future rewarding endeavor.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this cleared some things up for me! Kaitlyn
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William’s Answer

It is about the intricacies of understanding human behaviour especially when their is barrier in communication with patients.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, William! Kaitlyn
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