Many counseling training programs require participants to go through individual counseling so that they can have the experience of being the client. Although my program did not require that specifically, I had several experiences as a counseling client before I even entered graduate school.
Looking back on the times when I have sought counseling for myself, I discovered that it's always when I'm in a transition phase - in the space between what was and what will be - in limbo.
One of my favorite counselors once told me a story about transition that has stuck with me. He told me that in years past, the military did not assign a chaplain to each ship - instead the chaplain had to serve several ships. Since the ships were often out to sea, they would arrange a mid-sea rendezvous so the chaplain could transfer to the next ship. The transfer process included stringing a rope or wire from one ship to the other. Then attaching a basket to the wire. The chaplain would then climb into the basket and be pulled across to the second ship. Imagine if this was happening on a stormy day - the basket is swinging back and forth in the wind, the wire would be taut and then suddenly go lax and drop the basket toward the rising waves. As the basket moves toward the second ship, the lights from the first ship start to fade into the night, while the lights from the second ship are barely discernible. At some point, the fog might roll in - completely obscuring the destination.
Transitions can be just like that - you have an idea of where you are going, you are on a specific path, but then life gets stormy and you wish you could go back to where you were, but you know you can't do that. It can be scary out there on that wire, but you just have to keep going, trusting that the destination is still there, trusting that you have made a wise choice in taking this path.
"So stand in the rain, stand your ground, stand up when it's all crashing down. You stand through the pain, you won't drown, and one day what's lost will be found." - Superchick
Stay strong, stay the path.