Becoming a Counselor

Three Perspectives from the Trenches (First Edition)
Corrine R. Sackett, Rachel E. De Alba, and Heather L. Mack
©2021, 176 pages

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    Featuring highly relatable and engaging accounts from a counselor-in-training, a new counselor, and a counselor educator, Becoming a Counselor: Three Perspectives from the Trenches is designed to ignite important reflection and conversation regarding the journey of counselor development. Leveraging their distinct range of experiences, Corrine R. Sackett, Rachel E. De Alba, and Heather L. Mack provide insight into this process.

    The text covers an array of issues, including self-care and balance, discussing culture, confronting imposter syndrome, and cultivating skills. Readers are invited to reflect on the process of developing a theoretical orientation, embracing vulnerability and taking risks, managing countertransference, and learning from mistakes. Dedicated chapters speak to supervision, creativity in counseling, connecting with peers, and advocating for clients. Closing chapters underscore the joys of counseling, reveal what the authors wish they’d learned in graduate school, and acknowledge the challenge of becoming a counselor during a pandemic. Questions throughout the text are intended to elicit reflection and conversation around the reader's experience of each topic.

    Corrine R. Sackett is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an associate professor of counselor education at Clemson University. She holds a Ph.D. in counselor education from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Appalachian State University.
    Rachel E. De Alba is a licensed professional counselor associate, alcohol and drug counselor in-process, and a national certified counselor. She holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Clemson University and works at an addictions treatment agency in Greenville, South Carolina.
    Heather L. Mack is a student in the clinical mental health counseling program at Clemson University. She holds degrees in recreational therapy and American Sign Language.
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    "I am so excited about this book. There is certainly some guidance in the counselor education literature about the developmental trajectory for counselors in training and new professionals. This book, however, invites us into the world of becoming a counselor through the perspectives offered by Heather and Rachel, and through their willingness to be transparent and vulnerable. As they share their successes and challenges with us, Dr. Sackett's perspective helps to contextualize some of those experiences in terms of the educational process and provides her own insight into lessons learned and new paths forward. I appreciate the willingness of these authors to invite us into their experiences, and I look forward to using this book with my students, to help them normalize their own challenges and look forward to the next stages of their journey of becoming a counselor."
    Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
    American Counseling Association fellow
    Past-President, American Counseling Association
    Professor of Counselor Education – Virginia Tech