Graduate School Looked So Easy on Paper
You Started School to become a counselor... now you're thinking you might just need your own therapy
So you're sitting there, avoiding writing that 10-page paper whose due date is sooner than you'd like.
You're supposed to get some "personal therapy" hours at some point during your degree, so shopping for a counselor feels kind of productive. Enough to deserve a study break, anyway.
When you started this program, you were excited to help other people. But after a couple of classes you started to wonder a few things:
- You might have an anxiety disorder, or ADHD, or both
- Why your relationships suddenly seem so... dysfunctional
- Am I even cut out for this??
Wait! Before you spiral into self-doubt and cope by reorganizing something, maybe it's time to give yourself some REAL self-care.
Therapy... for the emerging therapist.
I know that much of the time, classes start to feel like really expensive therapy. You're spending hours in self-reflection and talking to your fellow students (who are probably happy to practice their new counseling skills with you).
But here is the difference with real counseling:
- You won't be judged for feeling "messed up". I won't critique your ability to help others just because you're struggling now.
- You can stop trying to "therapize" yourself. Sit back and let me do that.
- You can include your spouse in sessions. Ironically, counseling school is really good at creating distance between married couples. We can talk about that, together, and help this be a positive experience for both of you.
Of course you know you're not alone in feeling overwhelmed. But I've been there and know how hard it is to reach out for help. I would love to be on this journey with you now.