March 26, 2023
March 26, 2023
We are pleased to feature Guadalupe F Colvett, working with DirectShifts as a Licensed Counselor, Mental Health with experience in healthcare under her belt. She has had the privilege to provide services to clients in their homes, schools, and Partial Hospitalization Centers (PHPs), and advocate in the court system, group homes, nursing homes, and other settings. We asked her to share some of her achievements, experiences, and challenges faced as a mental health counselor with our readers. This will be a source of learning and excellent career advice to all new and aspiring counselors and healthcare professionals in 2022.
I have to highlight that serving as a tireless advocate for the less fortunate and underprivileged populations has been my most fulfilling role. Clinically, I have worked as a clinician, case manager, medical social worker, team leader, and community worker. My heart belongs to this profession, which is really more of a vocation for me. I get to utilize so many skills, and social work, especially in community settings, allows for creativity in ways of approaching diverse situations.
To put it simply, many years ago, I fell in love with my profession, and I have never looked back with regret. I do have many wonderful memories of the lives that I have been blessed to positively influence, as they did mine in turn.
Tips for a successful counseling career by Guadalupe:
DirectShifts, as an organization, offered excellent customer service to me. I felt supported every step of the way in learning to manage and work in a system with which I had no familiarity. No question was left unanswered, even though I had many. The timeliness of responses and a friendly and approachable attitude while remaining professional went a very long way toward reassuring me and ultimately facilitating my professional goals.
"Watch your thoughts; They become words. Watch your words; They become actions. Watch your actions; They become habits. Watch your habits; They become character. Watch your character; It becomes your destiny" Lao Tzu