On Being a New Therapist: Week 3It’s the end of Week 3 of being a counselor, and my internal gas gauge is on “E,” with the “low fuel” light on. Usually, I am awake before my alarm goes off, but this morning, it woke me up, and I was none too happy to hear it. The marathon of classes, clinic and work continues.

My caseload is full now: I have six clients. It’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to think about. Each one presents different counseling challenges since each is in a difference place in his/her life. However, I am finding it easier to remember details about their lives than I thought it would be, and making connections between comments in previous sessions to what they are presenting when we are together is coming easily as well. I was concerned about the challenges of not having my own office and the “shuffle” that goes on between sessions that prevents me from taking a minute to settle and focus before greeting my client. The situation is far from ideal, but it isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.

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On Being a New Therapist: Week 3

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  1. I would like to be able to go back and read this series from the start. It would be helpful if you could post/link back to the first in the series and allow it to be followed through in some way for those of us who missed the first one. Thanks!

  2. I second Jayhawk’s request!

  3. With the guage at “E”, I’m wondering what you’re learning about self-care…

  4. I really enjoy your posts/updates on how life is going as a new therapist…I hope these blogs/updates keep going for a while..I really enjoy reading them!

  5. PS..Jayhawk and Andramere..just scroll to the bottom literally right after the section where you can submit a comment(it’s the related posts section) and click on other posts by Kate Thieda..click on her name and voilà…you are good to go!

  6. Thanks, Jessica and John! I was looking for them to have the same name in the series – On Being a New Therapist – Week 1 and Week 2. I made a bad assumption. Thanks again for the reference and links!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this series. Being a student and thinking of pursuing grad school for counseling it is GREAT to be able to read through someones experiences and get a feel for it myself. Thanks for writing these on top of everything else you do!

  8. Brings me back to when I was starting out as a therapist and all the anxieties/fears I had. As for note-taking, in time you realize it’s the themes/patterns in therapy that matter, as well as the interpersonal dynamic, rather than the exact statement a client makes. It gets easier with time, you become more confident and trust your instincts a whole lot more.

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