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Re: therapy for mental health professionals... allisonf

Posted by Penny on August 22, 2003, at 10:14:27

In reply to Re: therapy for mental health professionals... Penny, posted by allisonf on August 22, 2003, at 10:00:21

Yeah, my therapist and I were talking about it again last night at my session and she said she thinks that being in therapy makes a therapist even stronger. She doesn't want me to feel like I have to be 'finished' with therapy just because I want to be a therapist.

A friend of mine said, when we were talking about being in therapy, that she decided (regarding the length of time in therapy) that if she wants to spend the rest of her life learning more about herself, then so be it. I must say I agree. After being in therapy for four years, I think it really makes me a better person.

I was a pretty good student (Dean's List) in college, and I have a lot of volunteer experience, though mostly working with children with emotional and behavioral problems. I really want to go to UNC-CH School of Social Work, since UNC is my undergrad alma mater and it's where I currently work and I live in Chapel Hill. But it made me nervous last night when I was looking at the US News graduate program rankings and UNC was pretty high on the list for social work. I figure I will apply this fall, but then apply again next year if I don't get in. I really don't want to leave the area if I can help it. I enjoy living in Chapel Hill. UNC-Charlotte has a master in counseling program and *I believe* has just started an MSW program. But now that I'm back in Chapel Hill, I really really don't want to leave.

I guess if it is meant to be, it will be.

We will both succeed!!!

I really do believe that our experiences with the mental health system, mental illness and being in therapy will make us much better therapists.





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