Hi fellow PA's. I practiced as a PA about a decade ago. I had children and began investing other interests such as mental health, spirituality and counseling.
I am now ready to go back to work and I've been thinking about my real love. It's sitting down with patients and really helping them with their lives, their emotional lives, their relationship with themselves and others. Helping them get honest with themselves about their troubles and sincerely find a solution. I guess it's bit like coaching and counseling without prescribing meds. I use a method called Non -Violent communication that really helps patients heal emotional discords.
I was initially going to start all over and get a degree in counseling or social work. But I have many years of counseling training and am very successful at it in private practice. So going back to school would really just be to satisfy employers. I sincerely feel that I have the skills and much training to be a therapist/counselor.
My question is does anyone know of PA's who focus on the mental counseling aspect of health without prescribing meds? I do not want to get into prescribing meds. I have seen countless patients heal through mental healing without the use of drugs. Am I way off track with this job description, is a PA and prescribing always go together? or Can you point me in the direction of others already doing what I would like to do? I want to decide whether to get re-certified as a PA or go back go in an entirely new direction and get a whole new degree as a mental health counselor. Where can I get answers on this?