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Seven Great Reasons to Become a Counselor

Updated on February 24, 2015
Becoming a counselor can be a tremendously rewarding vocation
Becoming a counselor can be a tremendously rewarding vocation | Source

Introduction

Becoming a counselor can be a very rewarding vocation for people that are interested in helping others through difficult times. Although it is a demanding career choice, there are several good reasons why people make the decision to spend their time listening to and helping others at difficult points in their lives.

This extremely rewarding vocation, requires patience, compassion, understanding and listening skills. In this article, we'll explore seven of the main reasons why you might be considering a role as a counselor.

  • You help people in their time of greatest need
  • You see people change their lives for the better
  • You help others find their inner strength and awareness
  • You improve your listening and communication skills
  • You find out surprising things about yourself
  • You practice understanding, compassion and awareness
  • You have a personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding career

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You help people in their time of greatest need

Counselors often provide either ongoing support or care relating to a specific situation and they are a first point of contact and safety net when other people need them most.

Whether a patient is recovering from substance abuse, has health problems, is dealing with relationship issues or needs some other kind of rehabilitation, a counselor is there to help out. They often act as a sounding board and a safe place for patients to share their anxieties and opinions, helping the patient to come to terms with difficult situations finding ways to cope.

You see people change their lives for the better

Although counseling might not be successful in every situation, more often than not a counselor will see the people that they work with change their lives for the better. Patients might learn to accept their current situation, take steps to improve their lives or find better coping mechanisms, all through the assistance that a counselor provides.

Your influence and counseling can have a direct and profound positive effect on other people's lives
Your influence and counseling can have a direct and profound positive effect on other people's lives | Source

You help others find their inner strength and awareness

A counselor can provide an objective perspective for a patient and help them to see things from a different point of view. This can help to shift awareness and encourage people to support themselves and find their own inner strength. Through working with a patient, counselors can encourage them to become more self-reliant and help them to rebuild their self-confidence.

We're not just unfeeling plastic; counseling can make a huge difference
We're not just unfeeling plastic; counseling can make a huge difference | Source

You improve your listening and communication skills

Counseling is a profession that is based on listening and understanding in profound detail. It relies on truly hearing and understanding what a patient has said, considering the best way forward and communicating in a compassionate and thoughtful way. A counselor will find plenty of opportunities to hone and sharpen their listening and conversational skills.

A good counselor learns to carefully listen and understand what they are being told, directly and indirectly
A good counselor learns to carefully listen and understand what they are being told, directly and indirectly | Source

You find out surprising things about yourself

Although counseling is mainly about the patient, a counselor can sometimes learn surprising and interesting things about themselves. The topics that a patient shares may be compelling or challenging and can cause a counselor to consider their own perspectives and opinions more deeply.

Counseling careers

You practice understanding, compassion and awareness

Being a counselor requires high levels of emotional maturity, combined with understanding, awareness and compassion for the people that are being helped. This can lead to a deeper appreciation of a counselor's own skills and in the courage of the patients that they are supporting.

You have a personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding career

Some people have a strong natural aptitude to be counselors. A combination of great interpersonal skills, an understanding of therapeutic techniques and the strength of character to truly help others means that counseling can be extremely fulfilling. On a more practical level, becoming a counselor is also a solid career choice with plenty of job opportunities and a good salary.

In closing

It takes a special person to become a great counselor. Although there is lots of hard work involved in getting the right qualifications and learning the right skills, it's a very rewarding, well-respected and personally fulfilling vocation.

Which aspect of counseling appeals to you the most?

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      Paul Maplesden 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Mark, if you have any suggestions for strengthening exercises, please do post them in the comments so that other people can see them or include links to useful strengthening exercises elsewhere.

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      Mark Johann 2 years ago from Italy

      This is a tough job but rewarding indeed. Counseling is a noble job since it may harm ourselves listening to various problems.

      I wish you put some strengthening exercises for counselors to gain energy to listen to problems since we could be vulnerable sometimes.

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      Paul Maplesden 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for the comments; I do hope that the article encourages more people to take up the career - We need more good counsellors.

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      Angela Joseph 2 years ago from Florida

      Great points on being a counselor. Like you said, counseling is a demanding job, but it holds great benefits both for the patient as well as for the counselor.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Paul, your articles are always great and unique. I think I will start to play the role of counselor.

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      Paul Maplesden 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      That's a very good point - The counseling needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the patient. I think that the best counselors do clarify back that they are understanding correctly, and I can see why that's an essential skill.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good post. You touched most all the basics.

      One important thing is listening and asking questions. Mental health therapists may say to themselves "I've heard this story before" and make a judgment on what the client is saying.

      But people are so diverse. One size never fits all. And patients may have multiple issues--including home, family, and work--that get caught up in the mix. So it's important never to "judge a book by it's cover." That's why one can say, "If I hear what you're saying, you're saying that ..." Then the client can clarify any misunderstandings.

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      Paul Maplesden 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Jan, thanks for the kind words. I certainly hope that it encourages people to go into the counseling profession as I believe it can have a very positive impact on people's lives.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for this informative article, Paul, on the postice aspects of becoming a counselors. More of us a certainly needed. I hope more young people will consider going into the counseling profession. You've hit on all the reasons they would enjoy it. Voted up, useful, and interesting.