Many of us feel distress in our lives and if the words of psychotherapy’s father (Freud, see above quote) can be taken at face value, this distress likely stems from one of two things, our relationships or our inability to find dignity and satisfaction in our work.
Good News and Bad News
People experience career concerns for a number of reasons. While one can experience a need for career counseling without a concurrent disease or disorder, there are a number of negative effects of diseases and disorders on career-related factors.
With that said, any form of psychopathology (i.e. disorders) is predicted to have negative effects on upward mobility, job performance, job satisfaction, job placement, and work-life balance, to name a few. Other factors, like living in a society that implies you should (or shouldn't) pursue a particular field, can play a role in your career decision making, which can result in ruling out potential occupations that would offer a higher degree of personal fit.
How do I know if I need career counseling?
There's no one specific way of knowing, but here are a few things that can clue you in. If any of the following sounds like you (and even if you're reading this page), then you might benefit from a career counseling session.
- chronic indecision
- lack of confidence or belief in your abilities
- feeling stifled by gender roles, norms, and expectations
- hitting a "glass ceiling"
- difficulty prioritizing the unique traits you have
- fear of making mistakes (often associated with perfectionism)
- feelings of dissatisfaction
- difficulty planning or strategizing
- challenges with relationships at work (e.g. supervisors and lateral colleagues)
- difficult answering to or working with superiors on projects
- lacking a sense of identity
How do you approach career counseling?
Well, in simple terms, we start with you. In particular, we start with an assessment. This isn't necessarily a formal assessment (although it can be). The idea is that we want to get clear on what you're wanting out of your career, what's going wrong for you currently, and what your personal values and goals are - all of this will help us help you. Once we get clear on that, we can figure out how to best move forward with you and your career development, which may include sharing resources, education, homework, resume or CV reviewing, interviewing skills, and so on and so forth. That's not an exhaustive list, but it is a start of how we approach career work.
Additionally, and a bonus for you, we've got a therapist that specializes in career counseling and development. This is a bonus for you because career counseling can feel absolutely overwhelming for people. It can be wonderfully relaxing to be able to trust that your clinician is able to provide you knowledgeable support and guidance (without telling you what you should be doing).
Sounds like this is right for me. What next?
Again, this is simple. Simply contact The Counseling Hub by clicking below or reach out directly with a phone call. We look forward to helping you with your career development!