Once, with a mere 10-minute’s notice, I was asked to speak to a class of counseling students. I had absolutely nothing prepared, so I scrambled to do a small brainstorm. I asked myself: “What did I need to hear 15 years ago?” I wrote this list on the blackboard:
Ivy league degree
Registered play therapist (RPT, SB-RPT)
Certified addictions counselor (CAC)
When class started, I went to the board, circled “counseling license,” and then crossed everything else out. I told the class, “Your goal is not to collect certifications or degrees, ...