Reflections of a Counselor

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The intention of this paper is to examine the rationale for seeking a counseling degree. I will look at look at personality characteristics that are commonly accepted in the counseling profession along with comparing and contrasting personality characteristics. I will examine how personality characteristics can influence counseling approaches and counseling styles. I will also take a research how functional transferrable skills may be applied. This paper will then review what some of the possible professional counseling settings could be. Seeking a Degree in Counseling

Numerous reasons exist about why one would seek out a mental health counseling degree. Some sincere motives will naturally outshine self-seeking intentions. After much exploring and contemplating, I established several genuine reasons for coming to the decision to seek a counseling degree. One of the main driving forces for seeking a counseling degree was to guide, and encourage other individuals to use their natural abilities and assist them in finding their own inner strength and intuition. I want to support clients in finding their own power and encourage them to realize that they always have options and that whatever obstacles they may face; the choice of the outcome is always theirs to make. Change may be difficult or complex and can often be harder than struggling with what one already knows. Ultimately this writer wants to show others that even if it is a slow process, if one is persistent anything is possible. The goal is to enlighten others to advocate for themselves and help them to analyze and evaluate what it is that they wish to change or help them build on their own talents to enhance their lives and themselves. As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, countless reasons exist that one may elect to go into the helping profession, in particularly counseling. I aspire to enhance others’ lives by teaching them to make the most of the skills...
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