Ive been through so much counseling, now I want it to be my profession.

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   Posted 3/26/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to start off by saying that I understand ths is a depression forum, but I assure you that that is sort of the point of this thread.
Ive been through so much career & personal counselor, and have the most wonderful, admirable counselor. I want to be a counselor now. Like working in a school counseling center, or even as a regular therapist.
Heres my problem-I have overcome anxiety & feel like I could just go and take on the whole world. In my head, I'm fine, but my physical body is nervous for some reason. Why is it that even though mentally I am totally calm and confident, my body makes really weird noises in "new'' or "nervous" situations. How come that happens?
My fear is that I will go through all this schooling, chasing my dream to counsel people, and what if I'm sitting there and I start making these strange noises? Its uncomfortable and embarrassing.
How can I learn to relax myself and focus on talking with people without my being paranoid that I'm going to make some embarassing noise??

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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taryn,

I really think what Frances says makes a lot of sense. Talk to your counselor about it and she could give you some direction. I hope that this works out for you. I have been told that I should have gotten into that profession but probably too old now.

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   Posted 3/27/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   

i understand where you are coming from, im a high school teacher and id like to branch out into welfare and be a guidance counsellor. helping people is my way of thanking all the people who helped me over the years. Good luck,

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   Posted 3/27/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taryn,

You can do this and remember to take it slow and easy.  Set small goals and try to stay in the moment, don't let the physical sx bring you down.

I wanted to be a nurse and I went back to school with 4 children at home..........I had anxiety and performing the skills checks in front of my instructors scared me to death...........it was that anticipatory anxiety that was getting to me as I feared failure.  I made it and went on to live my dream as a RN.  I even went into the area I was most in love with, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing.

You can reach your goals so do take the opportunity to go to school and become a counselor.  I know you would be very good at it.  We need people like you in the field.

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