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The most important thing I learned in graduate school was a very simple sentence. I will never forget my professor Dr. Lawson saying, "You include the therapy."
"What the heck did that mean?" I thought.
What he meant was that my therapy comes from my experience. It also resulted in what I learned from life is the medicine that I would bring to people. It stuck out in my mind due to conviction in his voice when he was quoted saying it. At that time I had not necessarily learned enough about counseling to understand the amount of a guiding principle this may be personally. I knew that I was attending graduate school for counseling psychology because I felt God leading me in that direction. I was also wanting to hide the guilt from my past. I was wanting to keep it from my psychology teachers...
I was a little paranoid. I thought many times to myself that maybe we were holding onto me. I just knew we were holding secretly diagnosing me. Could they will use their secret psychology powers to locate the things I had done inside my previous Community Colleges In Orlando Florida Near Disney "experiences?" If they found would believe that a smaller amount of me as being a Christian, or as being a student? Ok, that's enough self -disclosure. You might learn excessive about me should you keep nagging me like this. Ok, fine. I'll tell you.
I became aware of a verse in Romans and it changed my entire life. Romans 8:28 says, "And we understand that God causes all things to be effective together forever to prospects who love God, to prospects that are called based on His purpose." I was immediately aware that Paul, who wrote this passage, struggled together with his own sin, and he was a prominent writer of New Testament books. If Paul could struggle together with his own life story and become certain that God was using his life to suggest to Jesus, then who am I to state that God couldn't use my entire life to suggest to Jesus? This made Dr. Lawson's point hit home personally.
Now, as being a therapist and as being a teacher, I draw on my entire life stories to normalize what individuals reveal in therapy and class. I don't want people to be paranoid about my "secret psychology powers." The truth is I'm a minimum of as broken because they are. I have days where my lady tolerates me, and my daughter just isn't impressed with how I push her on the swing. But one thing I have found is that just being genuine with my lady and my daughter works superior to wanting to be perfect or wanting to hide behind appearing to be perfect. Also as being a teacher, I find that individuals relate to my stories of experiencing stuttering problems as being a teenager (up to I was about 21 really). They like to listen to that I was suspended from college (twice, but who's counting) for bad grades.
People appreciate a humble individual who has learned from mistakes, a lot more than they respect an egomaniac. They would much rather hear that I was broken for many years, and after that developed a dramatic turnaround. So when I speak about overcoming failure attending school, the storyline doesn't result in me remaining school. I turned from my sinful choices, and after that went onto make straight A's through the entire all Community Colleges In Orlando Florida Near Disney and graduate school. When I think back to my days of failure, commemorate my current situation seem unreal. How does a stuttering, kid who can't motivate himself enough to appear to his classes, go onto make straight A's in graduate school? How does he be a licensed talk therapist and after that marry a speech therapist?
Because... God causes all things to be effective together forever, to prospects who love God, to prospects that are called based on His purpose. It's a much better, plus much more real story than the letters behind my name would lead you to believe. Billy Barnett MS, LMHC.