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Timeout With Psychologist Udeme Okono.

Written By Lawson Elijah. on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 | October 17, 2017




Hello, fellow positivity advocates! it's another edition here on Positive Impartation. An interview with a Counseling Psychologists!
I met with him on a teens event hosted by my mother; Hossana Lawson. He spoke about the different kinds of personalities we have; The introvert, Ambivert and the Extrovert.

I admired the way he spoke! He captures audience attention swiftly, entertaining and as well, educationally.

We had a photo shoot afterwards which we promised to keep in contact. I sent him a mail on the 17th of September requesting to have an interview with him, and voila! He replied two days ago.!

Persistence and Patience are the keys, my friends. :)
So, let's learn from the prof!


Question One:
Good day, Sir, Can You Briefly Introduce Your self To our readers?
Thank you for having me.
My name is Udemeobong Okodi Okono. I am a Counselling Psychologist and a Broadcaster.
First Degree in Counselling, Post Graduate Diploma in Customer Relationship Management and presently putting finishing touches to my Master's Degree dissertation. I guess that's brief.


Question Two:
How do you feel about being interviewed On Positive Impartation?


I feel rather flattered but I consider it an honour. Having gone through your blog a couple of times, I am pleased to have been chosen to lend my voice to the great job you're doing.

Question Three:
Tell Us About Your career and why you choose to venture into it.


I am a Counselling Psychologist with a minimum five years in practice. In the last five years plus, I have been into series of training, recruitment and other forms of consultancy for notable private and government agencies such as the Nigerian Prisons Service, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Dove Schools, Ikot Ekpene, Obong Group of Schools, Etim Ekpo, Akwa Ibom State, Avarinda Model School, Mangalagiri, India among others. I also volunteer pro-bono Counselling Sessions every once in a while. 
I feel satisfied whenever I can help someone overcome a challenge or discover where he belongs.

About why I choose Counselling, I grew up to find out that I love to hold conversations, I would always want to help people in need and people who are troubled. Whenever I could not help, I felt really bad. 
My parents had noted all of that and at some point interpreted it to mean that I would do well in Law but somewhere along the line, in a class of fifty, almost everyone wanted to study Law. This among a few other factors completely turned me off.
My Dad presented two options to me when he realised I wouldn't study law; Marketing and Counselling.
Truth is, I didn't like mathematics and any other form of calculation at all apart from, of course counting money lol so I opted for Counselling after I was put through possible job prospects in the field.

Question Four:
Also, Discuss Your strengths as well as your flaws that helped/retrogressed you in your profession

Uhm... strength! I guess the fact that I love what I do is the strongest of it all. Even in the face of very complex situations; certain cases want to blow you away from that even after holding case conferencing sessions, headache from maybe client's unwillingness to divulge certain information that could help the case still builds a 'firewall' but again, the love keeps me digging till a solution shows up.

Earlier in my professional life, I would spend a lot of time sympathising with clients when they bring their problems and sometimes end up feeling broken even more than the client. Over time, I'd grown to realise that all that is needed is empathy just so the client will feel comfortable to discuss and also put the therapist in a sound emotional state to offer help.
Again, being someone that loves to talk, I needed to do some form of self-discipline in order to build effective listening skills. All of that had been put in perspective. 

Question Five:
What other interests do you have/Indulge in In your spare time?

I am a social media enthusiast. I love to hold intelligent conversations. 

I'm self-schooling on a wide range of interest areas like digital marketing, brand management, leadership etc.
I volunteer, talk politics and play volleyball.

Question Six:
How do you rate your Enthusiasm in your work on a scale of 1-10?

9.9999999999 lol. That's probably so it doesn't seem exaggerated at 10. But maybe I still ended up saying 10 lol.

Question Seven:
What is the most Frustrating Part of your career?

I'd say having to work without adequate facilities in place.
There's so much more to Counselling than advice-giving. Almost everyone does that even people without basic education can advise but dealing without specific human challenges such as psychological disorders will require test instruments and other facilities for the effectiveness of treatment.On the whole, the aforementioned may not really make the job frustrating but a bit more tasking than it should be.


Question Eight:
How was Your childhood, growth, experiences, dreams and limitations?

Childhood was interesting and chiefly religious.
I grew up in a somewhat comfortable home (what others would call average). I had access to quality education and basic facilities.
We rarely went out and so my learning revolved around how much my school and home environment could offer at the time.
I'd always wanted to hold interactions with large audiences, speak at seminars, conferences and share ideas with people. So far I'd say that I'm living my dreams.

Question Nine:
Now, If you were to change anything in the world, what would it be? and your reasons 
The one thing I'd love to change is discrimination of all kinds. Racial, gender, tribal, political etc. I wish for a world with people seeing each other as humans notwithstanding where they come from or reside, their gender, financial status etc.

Question Ten:
Define your model(If you have any)
In leadership/politics, Rt. Hon.(Barr) Onofiok Luke is my role model and I'm currently learning at his feet.
Media-wise, Akparawa Michael Bush is my mentor.

Question 11
Do you have any regrets over things you didn't do? we'll like to hear them
None at all

Question 12:
Do you encourage people to follow their passion?

Sure! I encourage people to do what they love. Do whatever gives you fulfillment as long as it doesn't cause discomfort to everyone else or the society.






Bonus question:
Tell us 8 random facts about your self!

I love contemporary gospel music a lot
I play the piano
I love talking
None of my friends is my age; they're older lol
They say I'm a very good listener
Very sociable
I love politics
Spaghetti and meatballs are to die for lol

Question 13:
Any last words?

Never make excuses for failure. Learn from the fall and walk. Society will not celebrate excuses but success and results.

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