In 1991 I received my State License to be a Marriage, Family Therapist (after six years of education, Internships, and 3000 hours of practice under supervision.). Prior to that I was a Biofeedback Trainer, another type of counseling for ten years. Since then I have seen thousands of clients with many, many problems involving mental health issues. The person below is a composite of all of those clients (females, males, LGBT, young, old, children, teens). I love my work. But I am starting to wind down my private practice thinking about retirement. Maybe next year sometime. Time will tell.
I received a huge compliment today when I got a call from a client I first saw in my very first office, she said 25 years ago, asking to be my client again. Wow! I'm glad I'm still working so I can see her now.