I’ve heard that some people use their careers in the mental health field as an extension of their own therapy. It’s not always a conscious act and it doesn’t mean they’re neglectful of their clients’ needs. One counselor told me his psychological training alerted him to troubles in his marriage. It got him to therapy, which made him a better husband and therapist.
Lately I wonder if part of me goes to therapy to satisfy my interest in psychology. Or maybe I’m interested in psychology because I want to know what I’m talking about during my sessions. As a perfectionist, I want to be “the perfect client.” My perfectionism being, of course, one of the main reasons I’m in therapy.