Welcome to The New Counselor.
My name is Noé Ríos, and I’m a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in South Texas. I completed my graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling with a mental health track at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017, and have an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology.
When I completed the graduate counseling program I knew there would be challenges, but I was ready to dive headfirst into the field and start changing lives! That was in August of 2017, and though I’m certain I’m achieving what I set out to do, school didn’t prepare me for some of what I’ve encountered over the past few months.
What sorts of topics can you expect to read about in this blog?
- Ethics – Definitely, ethics! I’ve been working as a counselor less than half a year, and already I’ve had to make decisions about situations I’d rather not have encountered.
- Scenarios – Some of what I’ve come across no classroom could have prepared me for, and writing about it not only helps me think of other possible ways to approach it, but might give you an idea of what you can expect.
- Exercises – I’ll write about some of the exercises I conduct in group and individual sessions from time to time.
- Resources – Whether it’s legal rules we need to follow in Texas, codes of ethics for LCDC or LPC practitioners, or breakdowns of treatment modalities, there are numerous aspects to our counseling profession that we need to keep in mind as we work with our clients, each of them a universe unto themselves.
- Thoughts – Because I can’t keep them all to myself.
What else can I write?
I like jogging, beaches, coffee, metal detecting, and reading. And, I love what I do!
Thanks for visiting, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send a message.