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The most important thing I learned in graduate school would have been a very easy sentence. I will never forget my professor Dr. Lawson saying, "You will be the therapy."
"What the heck did that mean?" I thought.
What he meant was that my therapy emanates from my experience. It also meant what I learned from life will be the medicine that I brings to people. It stuck outside in my head due to the conviction in his voice when he was quoted saying it. At that time I had certainly not learned enough about counseling to know just how much of an guiding principle this is to me. I knew that I was attending graduate school for counseling psychology because I felt God leading me because direction. I was also wanting to hide the guilt from my past. I was wanting to keep it from my psychology teachers...
I would have been a little paranoid. I thought more often than not to myself that maybe these were on me. I just knew these were secretly diagnosing me. Could they will use their secret psychology powers to uncover the things I had done inside my previous All Colleges And Universities In Orlando "experiences?" If they learned would they think a reduced amount of me like a Christian, or like a student? Ok, that's enough self -disclosure. You might learn an excessive amount of about me should you keep nagging me this way. Ok, fine. I'll let you know.
I became aware of an verse in Romans plus it changed playing. Romans 8:28 says, "And we understand that God causes as much as possible to work together forever to the people who love God, to the people who are called as outlined by His purpose." I was immediately conscious that Paul, who wrote this passage, struggled together with his own sin, and that he would have been a prominent writer of New Testament books. If Paul could struggle together with his own life story and become positive that God was using his life to point to Jesus, then who am I to convey that God couldn't use playing to point to Jesus? This made Dr. Lawson's point hit home to me.
Now, like a therapist and like a teacher, I draw on playing stories to normalize what people reveal in therapy and class. I don't want website visitors to be paranoid about my "secret psychology powers." The truth is I'm at the very least as broken as is also. I have days where my spouse tolerates me, and my daughter is just not impressed with how I push her on the swing. But one thing I have found is always that just being genuine with my spouse and my daughter works superior to wanting to be perfect or wanting to hide behind coming across as perfect. Also like a teacher, I find that people relate with my stories of having stuttering problems like a teenager (until I was about 21 really). They like to hear that I was suspended from college (twice, but who's counting) for bad grades.
People appreciate a humble person who has learned from mistakes, greater than they respect an egomaniac. They would much rather hear that I was broken for many years, and then designed a dramatic turnaround. So when I speak about overcoming failure in college, the tale doesn't lead to me remaining school. I turned from my sinful choices, and then went on make straight A's through the remainder of All Colleges And Universities In Orlando and graduate school. When I think back to my era of failure, it can make my current situation seem unreal. How does a stuttering, kid who can't motivate himself enough to actually show up to his classes, go on make straight A's in graduate school? How does he be a licensed talk therapist and then marry an address therapist?
Because... God causes as much as possible to work together forever, to the people who love God, to the people who are called as outlined by His purpose. It's a far better, plus more real story compared to letters behind my name would cause you to believe. Billy Barnett MS, LMHC.