New Year’s Resolutions for Beginning Counselors

New Year’s Resolutions for Beginning Counselors

New Year’s Resolutions for Beginning Counselors  © Jessica Richards, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern  December 29, 2014   Resolution. Let’s start with that word for a second. To have a resolution means that you need to resolve something that is wrong and make a firm decision to do or not to do it again. As a new therapist, we already know that making a firm decision to “not do something ever again” sets anyone up for failure from day 1. We have been trained to map out long term goals but, not to just stop there. We are taught to break those long term goals down into 3-5 short term goals and work from there. We have also been conditioned to expect failures as well as, setbacks and continue anyways. We have been taught how to be resilient, empathetic, understanding and motivating for our clients and when we take a step back and evaluate our own New Year’s Resolutions the same way; we will also be more successful at meeting our own goals. So with that being said, let’s look at a different word “transitions”. To transition means to develop, evolve and pass from one stage to another. I personally like this word a lot better than resolution, especially for a new counselor. We are constantly transitioning and evolving from one stage to another and a New Year is just another time for transitioning. I have put together a few goals, for the New Year, which may help new counselors transition into the next phase of their career. Define what success means to you As you leave grad school,...
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