NOTE: If you are interested in this service, do NOT state your interest in this thread!!! All interest must remain 100% confidential through private message (pm).
I wanted to make the community aware of a new humanitarian service that I am offering. Mental Health is applicable to everyone, early adopters and newbies alike
I recently posted another thread (which I closed) in which I questioned the ethics and legality of offering counseling without a license. According to the Illinois (where I live) Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act, no one may solicit counseling services as being "professional" or "clinical" without a license. Additionally, one cannot present his self as a professional if he is not licensed.Before you read further, please note that I am NOT in any way a professional counselor and I do NOT hold any clinical or professional counseling license of any kind.I would like to offer you, the community, an outlet to talk about your troubles and to help you to release and relieve your stress.
Hopefully, in the process, you may stand to gain increased insight into your problems and gain a renewed sense of hope and strength. The medium through which we can communicate is up to you; some may feel comfortable only talking via typing, others may be more comfortable in front of a web cam. I personally believe there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
These services will be available for BTC only
. Rates will only be discussed through private message (pm) for many reasons, but especially because of confidentiality and because of individual need. BTC should be sent at the end of each discussion.100% Satisfaction Guarantee
-- If, at the end of each discussion, you feel as though you are not satisfied with your experience for any reason, you may decline to send BTC. I will understand. Happiness can't be bought, sadness shouldn't
be bought.My philosophy/approach
-- Students, like myself, are taught a wide range of therapeutic approaches ranging from cognitive-behavioral therapy to psychodynamic approaches to existential ones. While I do not limit myself to one particular genre due to the contrasting needs of clients, I do have some very general beliefs that you may or may not resonate with:
1.) I believe in balance. I believe balance brings enrichment, and I can't help but see evidence of this everywhere in nature. In nature, all systems require perfect balance (what they call homeostasis) otherwise they will deteriorate according to entropy. Human beings are systems, too.
2.) I believe in "meeting you where you are". By this, I mean trying to understand your problem through your eyes, emotionally and cognitively. There is no one-size-fits-all helping technique, and that's because each person is in a unique situation and at a unique place on their road to happiness. Some may be more ready to move forward than others. We're simply not all the same.
3.) I believe hope is essential to moving forward. Without hope, the idea of a future can seem unbearable. Creating hope where there was none is, in itself, a huge achievement. But, it also helps build the motivation to achieve even more.
4.) I believe the human mind is a very powerful thing, and that beliefs and associations help form our cognitive and emotional image of the world. If we can form more rational beliefs and integrate more positive associations in our lives, we will be wiser and happier.
5.) I believe people are creatures of habit. Are you a pessimist? Maybe you're a really GOOD pessimist! What a talent! After all, you've been practicing pessimism for...2 years? 5 years? 10 years? Imagine if you spent that much time getting good at optimism! It's hard to change a pattern of behavior or thought overnight if we've been doing it for so long. The bad news about this is that now is the hardest time to change. The good news is once you start, it keeps getting easier.A little about me
I am a 2nd year grauate student at one of the finest social work institutions in the country. I am active in all classes and maintained a 4.0 GPA all last year. I have over 900 hours of internship experience in three different settings. First, I interned at my county's juvenile probation department conducting interviews with juveniles and their families and prepping case paperwork. Second, I interned as a counselor within a disadvantaged school district providing individual and group counseling to middle- and high-school students, most of whom were minority students. Currently, I intern as a counselor in the adult psychiatric unit in a local hospital. My current duties include conducting intake assessments, discharging patients, providing individual and group counseling, and connecting hospital patients with other community resources for aftercare treatment (e.g. residential care facilities or drug rehabilitation programs). I estimate that half of my total hours (~450) have been spent working face-to-face with clients.
As an undergrad, I was the president of Psi Chi, the national honors society in psychology, at my college. I presided over an organization of nearly 50 students and my tasks were to conduct meetings, delegate tasks to other Psi Chi officers, give speeches when necessary, and connect with other college clubs and community agencies to benefit the community. For example, I helped to coordinate with another club and a local church to provide a "reading club" where we helped teach K-5 refugee students how to read English.
I also consider myself particularly well-versed in East-Asian spiritual traditions (especially Hinduism and Buddhism) but have an interest in religion and spirituality in general. For those of you that have a deep spiritual side and consider this an essential healing element, I may be able to help. I have many years of experience in meditation (though I do not claim to meditate every day) and feel particularly comfortable imparting this skill as a coping mechanism for stress upon those who are genuinely interested.
On a final note, I encourage anyone that is interested in speaking with me to skim through my previous posts, especially if you are skeptical. I have posted many thoughtful, thoughtless, mature, immature, and some downright crude and childish posts. If it is hard to trust, respect, or like me, then it is doubtful that a therapeutic relationship will form.
I wish you all the best