A Day in the Life of a Mental Health Counselor Essay

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It is a privilege to interview veteran therapists who are exiting the counseling arena after a long career in the profession. I was honored to shadow Lea Keylon, a seasoned counselor, who on the eve of retirement set aside time for a student interview. The enlightening interview opened my understanding to the importance of proper diagnostic coding for insurance reimbursements, the financial struggles of private practice, and the poignant effect of forensic counseling on therapist (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010). Lea was eager to share her counseling accounts; however, the excitement of retirement planning could be seen in her demeanor. Private practice requires self-discipline, constant research for legislative …show more content…
Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010).
Private Practice Contentment and Distress
Lea, very graciously, invited me into a very small office space. Stating that her walls are not insulated, Lea placed a white noise maker box outside of her office door to distort our conversation (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010). Lea said being on her own, being in total control of her business, and being able to take her business wherever she travels (by way of a cell phone) are the positives of private practice (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010). Conversely, Lea stated not being a part of a larger organization and financial issues as a negative of private practice (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010). Lea said, "Private practice can be very lucrative . . . but it feels very exposed, exposed to mal practice" (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010).
Lea suggested obtaining a second source of income to compensate for cash flow problems due to the unpredictable flow of clients (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010). Mental health counseling at Denney Juvenile Justice Center is Lea's second source of income (L. Keylon, personal communication, March 26, 2010). Lea also has a state retirement