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Today I define what a counselor, licensed professional counselor, therapist, social worker, psychologist, and psychiatrist are.
When you are struggling with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, or other various mental health issues; it can be hard to know who to get help from. I talk about their level of schooling and what they are able to do in practice, and how it will feel different to someone going to see them for help. As you will hear, most of these mental health professionals do very similar things, and to you (the client) it won’t feel much different.

Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychologist pretty much do the same thing. They will see you in their office for 50 minutes, listen to you and offer some helpful tools and techniques. The most important thing to remember when picking a mental health professional is that you like them, feel they hear you and understand you, and you know you are working together to get better. That’s it! It doesn’t really matter how much schooling they had or how long they have been practicing, you just need to like them.

I also think it’s important to know what their specialties are so that you know you are getting the help you need most. I hear from many of you that feeling like you aren’t getting any better or being given helpful tools can be really frustrating! Finding someone who specializes in what you are struggling with can help lessen the likelihood of that happening.

I hope you found this helpful! I know finding the right professional can be scary, difficult, and often confusing. I hope this video helped clear up any confusion around who can do what and who we can look to for help. Please share! You never know who may be wanting to reach out for help and doesn’t know where to even start. xox

February 21, 1848: First publication of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.

On this day 169 years ago, the Communist Manifesto was published: “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Proletarians of all countries, unite!”

Via New Communist Movement (Russia)

Just to clarify...
  • psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. This is the person you would go to to get your prescription medication. 
  • psychologist has a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) in psychology. In the sense that most people think of psychologists, this is the person you would talk to in therapy; however, he or she does not prescribe mediation (except in a select few states). Psychologists hold a wide variety of other jobs though, including research positions, teaching positions, and working in hospital settings.
  • licensed mental health counselor has a master’s degree (M.A., M.S.) in psychology, counseling, or a related field. Many of these individuals provide counseling and psychotherapy. However, holding a master’s degree in psychology does not make one a psychologist. 
  • clinical social worker has at least a master’s degree (M.S.W.) in social work. They also can provide therapy, but also work in case management, advocacy, and hospital discharge planning. 
  • Further, there is a difference between counseling, which is typically provided by someone with a degree in counseling or social work, and psychotherapy, which is typically provided by someone with a degree in psychology, although the terms are commonly used interchangeably. 
Can I become a social worker in Canada if I got my degree in the states?

If I move to Canada and had my degree in the USA can I get a job there or do I need to go to college in Canada and get my degree again? Is it possible to just retake my exam for a license?
Cause honestly fuck living in the states. It’s getting to scary and I’m not going back to mexico. Too much bad blood with bad family there. I’ll be dead in a week. If anyone can help please I need to know what I have to do.

I don’t care about Melania and Ivankas fashion, I don’t care what the Trumps ate for lunch, I don’t care where their boy goes to school. I CARE about the fact that people are  slowly ( and in some cases rapidly) losing their rights.

If you are not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. 

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Being in therapy as a therapist is something that I think should be a requirement. If we are putting all of our energy into other people and helping them with their problems, we need to put just as much energy into ourselves and our mental health? In a way, it’s like saying “practice what you preach” and I think we have to. I also think it’s vital to know what it’s like to be on the other side of the therapy situation so that you can have more empathy and understanding for your clients.
As for the question, I feel that I was much more critical of my therapist when I was in graduate school. I assume this was because all day everyday I was hearing and learning about therapy. Therefore, I was hyper aware of the techniques they were using and why they were asking me what they were asking me. However, as an out of graduate school and practicing therapist I don’t find myself quite as critical. I am more in the mindset of submit to the process and get out of it what you can. I do believe that being a therapist means I am more aware of the different types of therapy and what I feel works best for me. I have also tried out many different types, styles, as well as genders and I have found my perfect fit.

Being a therapist and treating others who either are therapists themselves or studying to do so, the only real change is that I don’t explain things as much. I assume they understand certain terms (although I do check in to be sure) but I don’t have to beat around the bush as much to get them to see my point. Other than that, therapy with a therapist is very much the same. I always refer back to my thought that it’s more about the relationship and whether or not they like me and want to work with me. If they do, then we can get amazing things done together! I hope you found this helpful and interesting!! Please share this video and your thoughts! xox The exact question is as follows:

“Hey Kati, I am one semester away from graduating with a B.S. in psychology and will (hopefully) be attending graduate school to become a therapist. I have heard from you and several other professionals that it is critical that therapists participate in therapy themselves. As a clinician, what is this experience like? Since you know therapy so well, is it difficult to submit to the process as a client? Is it easy for someone in this position to be over-critical of their therapist or over-analyze themselves? On the flip-side of this question, if you have ever had another therapist as your client, how did that impact your approach?I would greatly appreciate your sharing any insight you may have!”

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Name: Aimee
Age: 38
Country: USA

Hello! I’m from Ohio, USA. I’m a social worker at a local hospital. I have no children but three fat cats. I live with my boyfriend; he’s kind of awesome. I love to read, watch movies, write, scrapbook, paper crafts, be outside, photography, travel, and learn about other cultures and languages. Right now, I’m trying to learn more about Buddhism, the history of the feminist movement, and Italian language. I’d love to have someone with whom to exchange letters, postcards, craft ideas, and/or book recommendations.

Preferences: I’d prefer a female penpal who is somewhere around my own age (you know, ten years either way). I have no preferences regarding race, culture, sexuality.

You start out in 1954 saying ‘nigger, nigger, nigger.’  By 1968 you can’t say 'nigger,’ that hurts you. It backfires. So you say stuff like 'forced-bussing,’ 'states rights’ and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now. You’re talking about 'cutting taxes’, and all of these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and the by-product of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites.
—  Lee Atwater (an advisor to Ronald Reagan explaining the “Southern Strategy”)
You know you're a social worker when...

You know you’re a social worker when…

1. You think $40,000 a year is “really making it”.

2. You don’t really know what it’s like to work with men.

3. You know all the latest lingo for drugs, where to get them, and how much they cost.

4. You’ve started a sentence with ‘So what I hear you saying is…’

5. You’ve had 2 or more jobs at one time just to pay the bills.

6. You tell people what you do and they say “that’s so noble”.

7. You have had to explain to people that not all social workers take away kids.

8. You use the words 'validate,’ 'appropriate’ and 'intervention’ daily.

9. You spend more than half your day documenting and doing paperwork.

10. You think nothing of discussing child abuse over dinner.

11. People have said to you “I don’t know how you do what you do”.

12. You’ve never been on a business trip or had an expense account.

13. You know a lot of other social workers who have left the profession for another.

14. You’ve very familiar with the concept of entitlement.

15. Staying at a job for 2 years is 'a long time’.

16. Your phone number is unlisted for good reason.

17. Your professional newsletters always have articles about raising salaries…but you still haven’t seen it.

18. You’re very familiar with the term 'budget cut’.

19. You can’t imagine working at a bank or crunching numbers all day.

20. You’ve had clients who liked you just a little too much.

21. Having lunch is a luxury many days.

22. You’ve been cursed at or threatened…and it doesn’t bother you.

23. Your job orientation has included self defense.

24. You have the best stories at any cocktail party.

25. Your parents don’t know half of the stuff that you’ve dealt with at your job.

26. You know all the excuses clients use for a failed drug test by heart

27. People think its a compliment if they mistake you for a psychologist

28. It’s a common occurrence to walk through metal detectors.

29. You’re thankful that you have a license without having to go to school for umpteen years like a psychologist.

30. You work odd hours and wonder why others can’t also be as flexible, or why we have to be the only ones who work strange hours.

31. Despite the poor reputation of a social worker your job has you interacting with those in higher authority positions (lawyers, doctors, judges, state representatives, superintendents, directors, etc)…and they come looking for you in a panic when they need you…

32. You can make just about anything a client does into a strength.

33. You laugh at things “normal” people would be shocked by.

34. You constantly struggle with the work/life balance.

35. You find it hard to get babysitters as you don’t trust anyone with your children.

36. You’re exhausted but you keep smiling!!

37. Hearing the worst news stories does not shock you in the least bit.

38. You think nothing of saying the words vagina, penis, or anus in a daily conversation

39. You assess your date (in your head) while out on a date just to see if they meet criteria for any DSM IV diagnosis.

40. Your mother tells people you are a psychiatrist or psychologist. For the umpteenth time, I’m a social worker.

41. Your significant other has learned that when someone greets you in public not to ask “who was that?”

42. You know the suicide crisis phone number, the food shelf and the community shelter phone numbers right off the top of your head

43. Your friends/family/acquaintances/co-workers will approach you with a “hypothetical problem” to help them with and you can’t charge them for your advice.

44. When people ask for your help, they expect you to have all the answers and solution to problems that do not even exist, immediately. We’re social workers…not magicians.

45. You know where to find “free” anything (clothes, food, equipment, transportation) but you are not eligible for any of them yourself.

46. You are considered an “expert” with financial assistance for your low-income individuals but you can’t keep your own checkbook balanced.

47. You have a file or a list posted in your office on “Stress Reducing Techniques.”

48. After a long week of solving other people’s problems, you recognize that you haven’t dealt with your own at home

49. You don’t know what “sick days” are and you call your vacation time “long mental health breaks” or “burn out prevention days”.

50. The clinical staff find the patient/family situation appalling and in urgent need of intervention and in your “social work” opinion, you don’t really think it’s all that bad. You’re pretty sure you’ve seen worse.

51. You love/loathe the idea of role-plays and know that they aren’t something perverted necessarily.

52. You’ve found yourself in a group situation with other social workers discussing a super deep topic, and someone says that they’re happy that they were able to have the conversation with other people who “get it” and everyone immediately agrees.

53. You really do have the best gossip around, but have to make sure to remove any possible identifying information first.

54. You really know how to enjoy a good bottle of wine 

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