What is your motivation for being a counselor and not a social worker? Why not a psychologist?
To be honest, I really don’t want to become a psychologist for several reasons. The first being that I did not want to study psychology. I took a psychology class in high school and I loved it and then I took another intro and child psychology class in college and loved that too. However, as I moved through more courses in psychology I wasn’t as infatuated with it as I started with. I wasn’t interested in the science of psychology and understanding how the human brained worked and functioned and why people did what they did. I was more interested in finding solutions to helping people with their problems. I was interested in techniques and motivation and coping strategies that would help individual clients work through their problems to live happier and healthier lives. I was more interested in focusing on each individual and their thoughts and feelings and not my interpretations of what they were dealing with or their thoughts. I cannot say that I am totally put off by social work. At one point, I thought social work was just workers who removed children from their home and placed them in better living environments and I felt those experiences would be too traumatic for me. I soon found out my assumptions were wrong. “It can be defined as the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and
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