Integrative Career Counseling has allowed me to see and hear the myriad ways people experience work, how the work we do affects our development and our view of our selves. My own work continues to enlighten me on the extent to which innate capacities, personal values, purposeful striving and the desire to be a valuable part of something impact the motivation, definition, decisions and challenges people face in the work they do and wish to do. My experiences in counseling inspired me to create this Interview section to highlight personal expressions and experiences of work. I thank the many individuals who share their perspectives and reflections in these interviews.
The work we do and the professions we choose to embark on shape aspects of our identity. In turn, our identities influence our work and the specific roles we exercise in that work. We bring our work to life not only through our skills and capacities but also through our personal values, attitudes and motivations. In this interview with Khashayar Farhadi Langroudi, Psy.D., we discuss his work as a psychologist and how that work is shaped by his personal values and his views on compassion, diversity and qualitative approaches to mental health.