First of all, by all means consider becoming a counselor as long as you keep your mind in the helping mode without getting overwhelmed. Being BP and a counselor you have to be willing to take off work for your mental. Like today I felt totally overwhelmed and upset so I cancelled my clients for the day, stayed home, napped and read. Now I feel fine to tackle work again. Every2-3 months I schedule a week off to do as I want. In other words, you have to be extra special to take good care of yourself to be a good counselor. As far as your own issues do get triggered....it happens frequently, BUT if you know your issues and you recognize that is what is going on, you should do OK. It's sort of a Darn it, there goes getting my buttons pushed on that topic. If you are unaware of your issues, then it is hard to be objective. The one kind of client I cannot work with is someone is really super bi-polar because I get triggered all over the place until I am too overwhelmed to help them. You mentioned something about me being a counselor and you didn't understand how I couldn'y figure out some things myself.. When I have my own problem I find I am too emotinal to be objective and using couselor techniques on myself just don't work.
Sigh!! That is sad you lost your favorite counselor. I do think she goofed by not having a session or two with you to talk about our feelings re: the transfer. I might throw in here that counselors also in some cases feel very sad when a "favorite" client finishes up counseling and the counselor is no longer needed. I have been counseling for 18 years, and I gave several clients I still miss. It is absolutely normal for you to feel sad. You can aleays do something like send her a christmas card (obviously when Xmas gets here...LOL) with a short note how you are feeling and doing. As counselors, we love to "hear" from past clients. Sometimes I hear from ones I saw 10 years ago. You do need to grieve the loss of your counselor
When I went on Facebook a lot of my old clients found me there.
I have told my husband, he was no longer welcome in my therapy sessions. Tfat my doc and he were a little to chummy and leaving me out. He will have to trust I will tell him whatever I choose as far as what when on in the session but he also has to accept there are things that need to be dealt (like my husband) that will be just between the doc and me.
I think I hurt his feelings but too bad. He hurts mine all the time. Yesterday he told me I HAD to stop acting bi=polar because he was at the end of his rope. IIr has been a rough, but it has been hatd for everyone involved with me and his lack of support actually made things much more worse. Until 3 years ago (I was diagnosed officially 18 years ago) He says he rhought I was faking being bi-polar. I was very,very upset when he told me that, But if he thought I was faking, it did his explain his lack of support in thr past.. How the hell does one fake being bi-polar???? Especially when there were numerous stays in the hospital.
Well, I have to get back to bed. Thank you for responding to me.
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 900 mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg