Saturday, October 26, 2013

Changes. ..

Well it's been a while since my last post and a lot has gone down. I'm now a therapist for my employer's Ryan White clients and I'm an admissions consultant for a psychiatric hospital in town. I had to take a semester off to get a handle on my finances but I returned a few weeks ago (yay!) and that's been coming along. I've been super busy... and learning along the way. I counted my LMHC hours and I still have a ways to go. That's all I got on this end...I hope to post again soon!

Take care,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Progress and Lessons

Hi all,

This going to be another quick post.  I'm going through a lot of changes at the job and as usual school is kicking my butt. I'm installing Blogger right now so I can post on the go (side note:  the Galaxy S4 is pretty awesome!).

My new supervisor is amazing!  The LMHC internship at work keeps me busy.  I started studying for the NBCC exam (as in, worked on practice modules) this past week.  I plan on taking the exam when I'm on break from school in late September, ready or not.

I recently learned at work that you have to be careful of who you give the benefit of a doubt to at work, depending on the nature of your job.  There are people who are miserable or stuck in their life and instead of working on themselves, they choose to be jealous of or attempt to sabotage those who are trying to grow.  There are also people who think work is social hour focusing more on making friends than their job duties.  Both types of people make work miserable; having both types of people in the same work environment is complete and utter chaos.  If something is not right with your coworkers, say something to management and go up the chain until something is done.  Also, always do what is best for you and your career.  ALWAYS.  Protect your license at all costs and document everything.

I'll have another update for you when some things are finalized.

Take care,

Monday, March 18, 2013

Back Again...

Greetings All,

I did not realize I hadn't posted anything in over 2 months until last week.  It's been crazy in my neck of the woods.  I'm in the process of changing LMHC supervisors; I start clocking hours next week.  I also finished a semester of school last week in addition to working my part-time seasonal job.  I'm going to reinstall the Blogger app on my phone so I can post on the go.  I have more to say but that will be for another time.  Hope everyone's 2013 is going well.

Take care,

Friday, January 11, 2013

LMHC Supervisor Crisis

I think I said in a previous post that my LMHC supervisor dropped me because I wasn't seeing enough clients to make it worth her while (long story short) and I met with another LMHC supervisor yesterday and she told me the same thing.  So, I'm at a standstill right now as far as getting my LMHC and it's very frustrating.  I was told to volunteer to do psychosocials and assessments at my agency however I'm going to put that on hold.  She also told me that it would be a good time to study and take the LMHC exam so I think I'm going to scrounge up the money to do that.  I also have to renew my license (although I just got the thing *sigh*) soon.  I've also been looking for positions where clinical supervision is available so we'll see how it goes.

School is going alright.  I'm taking a class on eating disorders.  I'm trying to figure out how they can stretch eating disorders out for 10 weeks but I guess it's because of the resistance to treatment (when they do get treatment) and high relapse rate.  So far the emphasis is on prevention.  We'll see how it goes.

I hope everyone's 2013 is going well.  Be on the lookout for new posts.

Take care,

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Make plans not resolutions.

For 2013, I decided not to make resolutions.  I did it mostly not to feel like a failure if I didn't do it because the guilt from failing can be very dehabilitating.  Instead, I made plans and steps on how to carry out those plans.  The saying goes "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail" and this is  very true.  Here's a link to a post I had a year ago on New Year Resolutions and I hope it helps.

I hope everyone's 2013 is going well so far and be on the lookout for more posts.

Take care,

Sunday, December 30, 2012

What a Difference a Year Makes

A year ago, I was feeling crappy about the direction my life was going so I decided to do something about it.  Writing this blog has been one of the highlights of the year.  Also, I got a counselor position, started my doctoral program, and found a LMHC supervisor so I can start studying for the exam.  The year was going pretty well with the exception with some financial crises towards the end that I'm getting through (Christmas did not help at all) and my LMHC supervisor dropping me a few weeks ago (it's all for the best; she only wanted my money).  One of my friends has information for a LMHC supervisor who is much cheaper and hopefully more understanding of my current job and lack of clients I'm seeing.  I'm also looking for jobs that will get me closer to the 2000 hours I need.

School is going okay.  Honestly I don't like the program at all but it's a means to an end and I'm getting through the coursework portion of the program.  I'm also going to do my residency this summer and fall to start on the dissertation part of the program. I got the only C I can get in the program so I gotta watch my grades going forward so I don't get kicked out.

I just wanted to take some time to thank my readers for reading the blog and I hope you gained some insight and were amused somehow.  I wish all of you the best in 2013.

Take care,

Counseling Can Be a Dangerous Job

A couple of days ago, I was helping my department with HIV testing and apparently one of our clients carjacked a woman at gunpoint before coming to get tested.  Because they believed he had a gun, the police raided the mobile testing van regardless of whether client confidentiality was going to be broken (yes there were clients testing on the van).  I will say this:  having guns pointed at you does not feel good, especially when it is known that your local police shoots first and asks questions later.  The incident reminded me that working in people who are in need can be very dangerous.  There are many individuals in need who have made decisions that put them in dangerous situations.  There may be times where a mental health professional may be in the middle of the dangerous situation.  Hopefully an employer has whatever means to keep their employees safe.  Unfortunately, this was not the case at mine.  I hope that they will make the appropriate changes needed to keep us safe in the future.  I've been in some dangerous places but my current job takes the cake.  In any case, counseling, like any job, has its risks.  If you are a counselor or working with individuals in need and unaware of these risks, you need to reevaluate your life because you'll be in for a very rude awakening.