Interview With A Professional Counselor

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On a bright and crisp morning of March 25, 2015, I interviewed Joni Roche and learned what a typical day was like for this Professional Counselor. Mrs. Roche has owned her own practice for nearly eighteen years and has truly loved every single part of it. Mrs. Roche has received a Master of the Arts degree and is a Licensed Profession Counselor and a Nationally Credited Counselor. During my interview with Mrs. Roche, I truly learned so many things from different counseling techniques, what it is like to have a private practice and the good and bad things counseling comes with that people do not necessarily speak about. “I wanted to leave a legacy and have an impression on people” Mrs. Roche responded when I asked her how she made this career…show more content…
“ Loved my Masters program but what’s interesting is all of these degrees, you’ve got Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Workers and so on. And if you were to become a Social worker you will manage their cause but I did not want to manage anyone or their case. So being a Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is what I called trench counseling.” As soon as Mrs. Roche began to describe what trench counseling was to her and how deep it is, it really started to make me think of what was involved in the helping field. Mrs. Roche began to describe trench counseling as someone who would go through the trenches with their client and you are problem solving and helping them solve their problems. With all of this involved, Mrs. Roche said learned this concept from her Community Counselor Track, and this training with what made her feel most prepared when entering the helping field.…show more content…
Mrs. Roche seemed to be the ideal Professional Counselor for me to interview because I have always thought if I were to go in to the helping field it would involve me becoming a Professional Counselor and running my own private practice. Mrs. Roche helped me to see the benefits of having your own private practice and also the nitty-gritty details that no one else wants to do or talks about. This interview also helped me learn that it’s okay to show your clients your reactions because it lets them know that you are human and that you are listening and understanding to their problem they have. She also helped me realized the importance of being there mentally and physically for your clients in session and out of session. This could mean squeezing them in at the end of the day or having a conference call or a Skype session, just as long as you are there when they need you the most. She also helped me understand that it is actually really rewarding when you do not really see a client anymore that has “graduated”. But when you occasionally seem them year-to-year, you know that they are okay and healthy and that you helped them to where they are
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