considering becoming a councillor

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anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/12/2012 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Without going into too much detail (because i prefer to be known for who i am not what ive been through) i've managed to survive Domestic Violence an Eating Disorder Health/Panic Disorder bought on by PTSD and i've gone through 3 miscarriages. Considering all this im only 26years old. Im considering training to be a councillor to help young people like me who've had a rubbish tine, helpp people smile again... What do people think? X

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   Posted 9/12/2012 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a counselor. ;) i love what i do, but it's hard work, especially when clients' issues hit close to home for me. But my experiences with anxiety give me a unique empathy that helps me relate to client very closely, too.

anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/12/2012 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to see a councilor from SODA (Survivors Of Domestic Abuse) and i hated it cos she didnt understand how i felt she hadnt felt or seen what i had. I only wanted to talk to people who knew. How would i go about it?

frizzbee
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   Posted 9/12/2012 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, here in the US, it requires at least a masters degree. There are lots of programs out there. Make sure you choose one that is accredited. The are also usually opportunities to be trained as a peer leader for support groups without formal education, so you might look into that, too. Usually those are volunteer positions rather than paid jobs, but it might be a good place to start to see if it's your thing :)
dx: dysthymia, generalized anxiety, health anxiety (hypochondriasis)

anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/12/2012 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Ill have to look into it, im in England, i wouldnt mind if i had to do a degree i passed all my high school exams and ive been to college, im 26 so its not like id be mega old when i was trained. Thanks for the info :)

Also u shud remove hypochondriac from ur signature ur not a hypochondriach your in tune and body aware that will get you to old age! Dont label yourself (former, i say former i still worry i just dont obsess anymore, health anxiety sufferer i hate to see people label themselves)

frizzbee
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   Posted 9/14/2012 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
survivor, good luck! i hope you are able to find the right program and succeed in your goals.

and i do agree with you that i am in tune with my body...i notice every little twitch or tingle, and then my brain jumps to the conclusion that i have tumor, or MS, or ALS, or a rare exotic disease. i obsess over my body and my health at times. this is truly (and unfortunately) hypochondriasis. i am working on it, though! i have improved a lot over the past 6 months. :)
dx: dysthymia, generalized anxiety, health anxiety (hypochondriasis)

anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Frizzbee ive been thete sweety the only thing that helped me was, everytime i obsessed over something afterwards i wrote it down, ill share with you an entry from what i call my worry book;

Dec 2011 Worry; Tampon will cause TSS
Symptoms; Weak, Fatigued, Nauseous, Headache
Have i experienced these before? Yes
What happened within 24 hours? All symptoms eventually dissolved.
Did I have what was causing my worry? No
If the illness im worrying about does happen can i get help quickly? Yes

Its sort of like CBT i suppose but when i re-read this book it makes me sure in my mind that all is well. Good Luck my angel xxxx
No matter what life throws Megan, Liam and Elizabeth-Jayne pull me through, being a mummy outweighs all the bad stuff.

No matter what life throws stand tall and be PROUD of who you are

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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi anxietysurvivor,

Sounds like a great idea. A counselor can really make a positive difference in someone's life even though they may not know. I think it's a great idea.

All the best!

UA
Chronic Pain, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.

anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya UA!

Thats what i thought, the councilor i had to deal with my eating disorder was a complete angel! She touched&changed my life aswell as my eating habits. Id love to be able to make that sort of differencr!

Thanku for ur support :)
No matter what life throws Megan, Liam and Elizabeth-Jayne pull me through, being a mummy outweighs all the bad stuff.

No matter what life throws stand tall and be PROUD of who you are

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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
You're welcome :-)
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anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope your having an easy day
No matter what life throws Megan, Liam and Elizabeth-Jayne pull me through, being a mummy outweighs all the bad stuff.

No matter what life throws stand tall and be PROUD of who you are

frizzbee
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   Posted 9/14/2012 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
survivor, thanks for sharing how journaling helped you with your health anxiety! it's pretty close to the same thing i've learned to do to help myself, but i think it through in my head. i don't seem to ever be able to commit to writing it down in a journal. but just walking myself mentally through those steps helps me a lot!
dx: dysthymia, generalized anxiety, health anxiety (hypochondriasis)

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   Posted 9/14/2012 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
 
I think you may be onto something so do look into becoming a counselor.  I want you to make sure you take care of yourself first.  Being in the medical field I know how important it is take care of yourself.
 
Blessings,
Kitt
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anxietysurvivor
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   Posted 9/14/2012 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Frizbee- Yeh its really good to self affirm and keep telling yourself how wonderful you are!!!

Hi Kitt, i do take very good care of myself both physically and mentally :) i really wanna help others now how ive been helped and put back together at my lowest ebb xxx
No matter what life throws Megan, Liam and Elizabeth-Jayne pull me through, being a mummy outweighs all the bad stuff.
Diagnosed 09 PTSD resulting in bullemia nervosa, health anxiety, generalised anxiety.
Recovered partially Dec 2011
No matter what life throws stand tall and be PROUD of who you are

stkitt
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   Posted 9/14/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
A.S. 
 
The world certainly needs more counselors and with your positive attitude you will make a fine counselor.  You have my support. 
 
Hugs,
Kitt
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