Why Therapists Become Therapists. It’s In Our Blood.
I think that most therapists become therapists due to their own life journeys. I can’t speak for all therapists of course, but I can speak about my own life. I knew from the time I was in high school that I wanted to be a therapist.
Why Therapists Become Therapists
Everyone has their own trials and tribulations, challenges, pitfalls, and embarrassments. When I was growing up I went to therapy for years for a lot of my own issues. I hit rock bottom several times and for a long while did not see why I was here on earth, and frankly did not care.
It wasn’t until I got to college, where I moved to a new part of the state, not knowing but one person at the university (and she was a Junior and in a sorority!). I could start clean; I did not have to let people know things about me that I was trying to move on from. That was my new start at life, and I was able to be free from what everyone thought about me or knew about me, and just be a better person all by myself.
I often think about some of those dark times and am able to see them go by, and not affect me like they used to. There were days that were so troublesome and harmful, doing reckless things and thinking I was on top of the world. Now I can see how it all came crumbling down.
I am a therapist because I have been down some trenches and valleys but was able to pull
it together and find the motivation to make things right. I’ve learned that in my life there is nothing to regret because it is all those things that made me who I am today. I feel like I relate to others who have found themselves at the bottom and can give them the hope and skills they need to get out of the valley and summit the mountain.
That’s why I’m here on this earth, and I fully believe that. And in general, I think that’s why therapists become therapists. It’s a calling and it’s in our blood.
Katie Porter, M.A., LPC 832-298-6356 www.TheKatiePorter.com