I no has tin heart?
September 7, 2010 1:09 PM Subscribe
How to tell if I might be a decent therapist? I already have a degree which could lead to a therapy license. Everyone seems to think I could be except me. Sorry for the story inside...
posted by ShadePlant to human relations (17 answers total)
Not that you all can predict the future or anything, but I am trying to sort out if I should become a therapist or not, on a personal level. I got my MSW in May and have been doing case management (with Spanish speakers) for the past 2-3 years. Now I'm starting my licensure supervision. The supervisor I have was also my first supervisor during one of my MSW internships, so she knows me pretty well. During our first supervision sesson last week, she said, "So when are you going to start doing therapy?" My boss has also asked me this and has offered me "hours" in which to do therapy, for example do case management 32 hours a week and see therapy clients 8 hours a week. My boss also sends me out in the community to do debriefings in Spanish and such when companies ask a mental health professional to come out.
I started my MSW program with the intention of becoming a therapist but I was almost "held back" a year in my program because school staff thought I was too emotionally immature. I was 22 and (see my previous question about my inability to hide my feelings) not equipped with any kind of thought/expression filter. I was allowed to continue with the program after I issued a general apology to the school staff for writing snarky internship journal entries and basically said I would straighten up. I still don't really understand how that got to that level; many of my supporters were baffled by it. My internship supervisor offered me my current full-time job soon after this.
I assumed, because of this, I would never be a good therapist. I assumed "everyone" thought I'd be terrible at it so I stuck with case management. However, after asking around, I seem to be the only one who thinks I'd be horrible. I'd be willing to try it but I'd feel bad if I did a bad job at it because it involves real, vulnerable clients. It's not like screwing up what I'm making for dinner. I like mental health work and am intrigued about doing therapy... Am just chock full o'doubt because I am introverted and reserved and slightly snarky. I get along well with most of my current clients, but I feel like in order to do therapy I need to be Rainbow Bright or something.