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Why I Wanted To Be A Counsellor

By Natalie Williams March 2009

As I write this article, I am nearly half-way through my training to be a person-centred therapeutic counsellor. My decision to train to be a counsellor was a relatively easy one. I believe that sooner or later one finds a calling in life to which one feels accustomed, much like that pair of shoes you can never imagine living without.
I believe in the balance of life, and in so much as I have experienced difficulties, I wanted to create some of my own life goodness.

I wanted to leave a positive mark in the world, to be able to come home every night doing something I felt had great value and made a real difference. In doing that, I wanted to give myself greater value, by helping others toward their life goals by achieving one of my own: doing something I could be proud of. I wanted a stable career; one which I was in control of. I wanted to achieve a steadfast path by eeking out one road; rough as I knew it would be. I wanted to create a better life for me, and for my family.

By all the above, it's safe to say my decision was motivated by intuition, passion and self-belief. The feelings were there and so those feelings became thoughts, then questions: how can I pay for the training (it's not cheap!), do I have the time for the training, where can I do my training, what should I train in, and so on; all very important questions. I found that counselling had different methods, and different outcomes. It was far more complicated that I had imagined. Having time, enough money and being in a good place personally are all important factors to take into account.

I researched courses and discovered the BACP website which became my first port of call. There, I found the BACP course finder listing accredited courses and after completing my counselling skills course, I earned a place on the newly accredited diploma course in Person Centred Counselling with Liverpool Community College.

The training has been hard so far, but then again, I never expected it to be easy and I can say that my initial passion, although the bad days do happen, has not been extinguished and is now burning even more brightly. I can say, unashamedly, that I look forward to my new future filled with all the new skills I have gathered and those I shall learn along the way.

Nearly two years have passed by since that initial decision was made, and my answer would still be the same now as it was then. Why do I want to be a counsellor? Why wouldn't I!

Training to be a counsellor is not just something you do, but something you be, and I wanted to be a counsellor.