Reflective Essay On Becoming An Effective Counselor

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It is challenging to know what to include in this assignment. The magnitude of things that have happened over the course of my studies – I could go on and on. I never doubted my ability to be a counselor, so that was with me throughout my time at Antioch. My confidence came from previous work I had done, from who I am as a person, and my lived experiences. There is no doubt that my education has improved my ability to be an effective counselor, but my own suffering and resiliency has played a significant role in my ability to connect with clients. There are some things that cannot be taught by school or practicum or internship. I started the program thinking academia was a place for people with more privilege than I have, and I still feel …show more content…
It feels unjust in countless ways; it actually is painful for me. I am going to give it a try and hope I can do it without getting too angry. I spoke up during my internship – it was not received well by upper management. However, marginalized and underserved populations are the people I want to work with. These are people I have been working with for over a decade. How do I work with the people I want to work with and not have my soul crushed by a corrupt system? Sometimes I think I should be in public …show more content…
Truly. It has been a gift and honor to have my clients trust me and be vulnerable with me. I had the privilege to watch them grow and challenge themselves. It is an incredibly intimate profession, and connecting to the humanity of each client impacted me. It is a loss for me and for my clients, but we all can sit with that. I do not have judgment toward myself for having feelings of loss. I spent over a year with the majority of my clients – several I worked with weekly. They are important to me, and it does not feel like a natural break in relationship. My clients have been sharing their gratitude, but I am grateful for them as well. I learned a lot from them. Plus, they allowed me into their lives. That is not something that I take lightly. Furthermore, I had a diverse caseload. I worked with clients out of prison, a client who does not speak English, a transgender client, a client with a developmental disability, clients from different races and cultural backgrounds. Also, one of my clients was a sex offender – I had no idea how much I would enjoy working with that

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