Transitioning to become a therapist
April 16, 2014 12:22 PM Subscribe
Evidently, I am a very good listener. Is there any realistic chance of using this to transition to either a career or a side-job as a counselor of some sort?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Recently, it's been brought to my attention that I am a good listener and that people like to talk to me - like, multiple people from multiple departments have recently told me, independent of one another, "You're really good to talk to, you're a good listener, it has helped me talk things out." One person made a sort of Monday morning "appointment" to come by and talk through their issues of the week. To be clear, I don't do anything to instigate this, but it's something I've been aware of and am becoming more aware of. Bartenders tend to spill their guts to me rather than the other way around, and I'm not joking about that.
I don't know why this is, but it's got me wondering if there might be any ways to use these powers for good. I'm at a point in my career where going back to school to become a full-on psychologist is not an option, but are there other counselor-type roles that might be beneficial to someone? Are there non-woo accreditations for something like this? Are there volunteer opportunities that would benefit from someone like me, or (long shot here I suspect) is there any realistic vector by which this might become a career?