Interview with Benda Cannon
Brenda Cannon is one of my instructors this semester. She teaches Family Stress and Coping, which is perfect because she also happens to be a counselor at a private practice counseling center here in Laramie, Wyoming. Part of Brenda’s credentials, other than being an instructor, are that she has her Masters of Science degree in Counseling, she is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I was able to chat with her on the 28th of March, 2014 at 2:30 P.M. in the Union which located at the University of Wyoming. This is a popular places for students to get together and hold small meetings with peers, or just meet up with a friend between classes.
Summary of Interview
During the interview with Brenda I felt pretty comfortable. As mentioned before, Brenda is one of my instructors and so I know her. It was a pretty casual conversation, in which we got of task a few times (thus the answers are summarizes below). During the interview I just saw day to day life happen at the University. A gaming group of some kind was a meeting a few tables down, two women were meeting for coffee right next to us, and several students were working on homework around us. Furthermore, there was a light amount of foot traffic coming and going (getting coffee, heading to the snack store or getting food from the food court.)
*Responses are paraphrased*
How did you decide on counseling your career?
I always kind of wanted to do it, but as a real young kid I just didn’t know the word “counselor.” I knew I always wanted to help people and as I got older I knew that I wanted to walk alongside them as they were on their personal journey. I knew I could not change them, and I didn’t want to. I wanted to give them an opportunity to be heard. I wanted to give them the space to feel like they mattered. It was probably late elementary school, around fifth grade that...
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