I became a professional Christian counselor because God has created me with the characteristics and talents that it takes to be a great counselor. I recognized these characteristics when I was a teenager, as friends would often come to me for support or advice. My friends felt that I was a good listener and a safe person to talk to.
However, counseling wasn’t what I wanted to do when I was in college. I planned on going into engineering and was really drawn in by what I could possibly create with those skills. I was passionate about building things and creating experiences for people to enjoy. I have always loved rollercoasters, so I imagined myself creating rollercoasters and amusement park attractions.
I spent time getting additional learning support from my algebra and calculus professor outside of class. The math professor, who I knew personally, was my grandparents’ church pastor. He told me that I should seriously reconsider my engineering major because math wasn’t my thing and he didn’t want me to struggle.
With his advice in mind (and knowing he was right), I reflected on what else I wanted to do, but more importantly, what I was good at… something that had very little to do with math. What did God want me to do? What talents has God blessed me with? I didn’t spend much time thinking about it, I changed my major to psychology because I knew that I was suited to help people.
Being a counselor is a form of art, it requires creating experiences for people. The therapeutic techniques and strategies are like art, in the way that I can deliver it and use it to meet my clients’ needs. I customize each session and they are person-centered.
I got to use my God-given talents and I’m uniquely made to be a counselor. Honestly, thank God for the message from my math professor, otherwise my life could have been like a rollercoaster crash, ha! I am happy and enjoy doing what I do.