Questions about being a mental health counselor.

by Marco

I just wanted to know if I could interview somebody next week for my health project on cocaine. It would be very appreciated if you could take a little bit out of your day to help me.

Here are the questions I'd like answered:

How long have you been a professional in your field?


Where did you go to school?


What is a typical day like for you?


What is your typical patient profile?


How many patients do you see a day?


What are the treatments for nose damaged that is caused by cocaine?


What is the worst patient profile you've ever seen?


Thank you for your time and energy it means a lot.

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Here is the response to your questions.
by: Debbie Wicker

How long have you been a professional in your field?

I started mental health counseling in the fall of 2009, prior to that I have done career counseling for more than 20 years.


Where did you go to school? I got my undergraduate degree at the university of Wisconsin and my masters at Concordia University of Wisconsin. I am also a board certified Christian Counselor from AACC.


What is a typical day like for you?

I see clients two days a week and run a support group every other Monday.

I usually start at 8:00 am and see patients straight through until 4:00 pm. After I'm finished with my patients I spend an hour charting what occurred with each patient in each session.


What is your typical patient profile?

That varies but depression and anxiety and substance abuse are common issues that my client struggle with. I also am seeing more patients with personality disorders like borderline and narcissism, which are more challenging and lengthy to treat.


How many patients do you see a day?

usually 6-8


What are the treatments for nose damaged that is caused by cocaine?

That is a medical issue and often requires plastic surgery to correct it.


What is the worst patient profile you've ever seen?

That's hard to answer but certainly those actively contemplating suicide are the most challenging in the moment. But those with psychosis offer a longer term challenge.

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