Stevenson University, Psychology 101
Counseling psychology focuses on the emotional, social, mental and health-related concerns of clients. Therapy and rehabilitation are usually the main treatments for clients seeking psychological aid; however, psychologists specializing in counseling generally offer therapeutic treatments to clients with a variety of symptoms. Over the years, counseling psychology has helped many to resolve issues involving self-development, distress and social wellbeing. Counseling psychologists may work with children, adults, families, and couples. These professionals are trained well with the ability to facilitate a client with what is needed for an alteration in emotional, social, mental and health-related problems. In order to achieve the aspiration of becoming a counseling psychologist, a doctorate degree is a necessity. Typically, a Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Psychology or Doctor of Education degree is required. Counseling psychologists may work in various settings, usually hospitals, prisons, schools, and probation institutions. Some may even work in private organizations and consultancies. If I had the chance to become a counseling psychologist I would serve the population of families. Families tend to go through hardships that may sometimes result in separation due to struggles and adversities. Some families face hostility and other intricate obstacles, or they simply just cannot get along. My reason for selecting this population is because I had to go through the issue of separation in my family and whenever we tried to get along it just would not work. I was born in Jamaica and I lived there for approximately fourteen years of my life. Half of my family lived in Jamaica and the other half lived here in America. My mother was the closest thing to me as a child and it took me years to get over the fact that she left me and went to another country just to seek a better opportunity. When it came to the point where I had to leave my father in Jamaica to live with her and my stepfather, I did not want to leave. Besides, I was not even prepared emotionally for the migration. It was just too hard for me to leave the person who replaced her all the years she was gone. When I arrived to America I loved it, it looked good, it was new, and the ambience was welcoming, however, I just could not get along with my family. Subsequently, my mother decided to get a counseling psychologist to help bring us back together or even make us better than we were before. After about 6 months in consecutive therapy we began to recognize changes. My family started acting like a family again, and we started to get along very well. With the help of our psychologist my family here and in Jamaica began to unify. Psychologists are skilled professionals. It is not easy taking up the burden of a family, but they do it to help their clients prosper. As a counseling psychologist I would love to cure the conflicts of a family, being that I have been through horrible situations with mine and I understand how it feels to be in the situation and out of it. Psychologists do not become successful overnight; it requires a lot of hard work and dedication especially with the years of schooling, internship and practice needed. Moreover, psychologists need the years of study and training in order to prescribe what is essential for a client. Counseling psychologists tend to interact with their patients each and every day. Often times they are challenged with emotional problems faced by people on a daily basis. In order to treat patients at their best, counseling psychologists usually accommodate patients into an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. My experience with a counseling psychologist has enabled me to understand that there are professional people out there to help you with your problems, not only emotional problems, but social, mental, developmental, etc. The same way I received the help that I needed, I would love to provide a patient with psychological aid and see the joy they acquire after overcoming a major conflict.
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