1. How long have you been a therapist?
2. What made you choose this field of work?
Loves hearing people’s stories and what defines them, different experiences and learning experiences.
3. What was your educational path? Where did you go to school?
Sarah went to WMU for bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, then after graduating she changed what she wanted to do and got her master’s degree in counseling.
4. What is the most interesting part about your job?
Hearing private thoughts and getting to know people’s fascinating lives and who they really are.
5. Is there anything you wish you had known before becoming a counselor?
How life-changing it really is and how fulfilling it is. How much it impacted her to hear all the stories. She wished she would’ve started sooner.
6. What’s your biggest obstacle in working with someone who is struggling?
Teaching people how to solve their own problems for themselves, because there are so many times where people come in and struggle with addiction, and she can’t solve it for them—she needs to work with them so they can really do something for themselves and make change. It’s very hard to watch somebody struggle.
7. How do you like the career path you chose?
If you could go back, would you have made any different decisions? She really likes the career path she chose. She would’ve studied more about addiction, and she would’ve specialized during her master’s instead of generalized study, and she would’ve also talked more with people in the field beforehand.
"One of the most interesting things that I learned from interviewing Sarah was about how you really learn the personal things about people's lives and how that can be hard as a counselor. When you want to help someone to make change for themselves but they are really seriously struggling with an addiction. I also thought it was interesting that you can learn the different ways that someone reacts to things and how people process what's going on in their lives and how they solve their problems. As a counselor you guide people to help them solve their problems, but everyone reacts differently so you learn about the person to help them do that. It was helpful talking to Sarah because I saw that you don't always start out in the area that you want to work in but you still can in the end."
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