Counseling is her passion

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Friday, April 8, 2011


CHILDREN require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction and this is true for adults, too. Gina Ruelo Lamzon definitely knows everything there is to counseling children and young adults as she was the guidance counselor, from 1997 up to 2000, at the Holy Cross of Davao College - High School Department.

Now she is busy as a college guidance coordinator and the officer-in-charge of the Psychology Department of the same institution.

With a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1988, she immediately became a psychometrician from 1988 up to 1997.

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Ma'am Gina said she was satisfied with being a psychometrician, just in a corner busy with paper works, until the previous guidance counselor of the high school department who was a friend recommended her to be the new guidance counselor as her friend was resigning.

"Actually, wala jud ko nag-aspire nga ma-guidance counselor, gusto ko sa daplin lang ko doing my thing, checking papers pero nalipay pud ko because it paved the way for more opportunities," Ma'am Gina said.

After three years of being a high school guidance counselor, another opportunity came by, as she was taking up her Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling, she was again recommended and encouraged to be a College Guidance Coordinator as qualification wise, she is most certainly ready to take on that challenge.

She recalled the difference of being a guidance counselor for high school students for they can be easily reached out to, while college students tend to feel uneasy when called to the guidance office because some may have bad experiences with their guidance counselors when they were still in high school.

As a counselor, she said the priority should be the students and making oneself readily available to students is what she tries hard to fulfill. And for students to know that there are people to talk to -- professionals who can help them with their problems.

"Mga bata man gud karun dili na makigstorya, they are into the techy stuff, like posting their feelings at their Facebook wall and are just seen often texting, they need to talk to someone to be able to express their feelings," she said.

Being the secretary of the Davao Association of Guidance Counselors-Philippine Guidance Counselor Association Davao (Dagco-PGCA), she is very proud to be a part of an organization that helps other guidance counselors in private and public institutions.

Dagco-PGCA Davao held a two-day seminar workshop, themed "Enhancing Counselor Skills for More Effective Practice," where workshops were conducted on the following topics: Basic Counseling Skills, Tools for Educational Assessment and other developmental programs and approaches.

For the first time in history of Dagco, counselors from the public schools dominated the scene, which they are very much happy for the optimistic response of the participants and for the full support of Dr. Susana Theresa P. Estigoy, DepEd 11 regional director and Dr. Edward S. Aquino, Ched 11 officer in charge regional director.

"I want my fellow counselors to enjoy what they're doing, and be open to oppurtunities to be able to help and continue to grow as a person and still maintain their professionalism," Ma'am Gina said.

"Not putting limits or boundaries to what you can do" is a lesson she has learned as she was herself timid and shy before opportunities come knocking on her door.

She intends to stay being a guidance counselor as she is pursuing her graduate studies in Psychology and urge students to be advocate of volunteerism.

Taking risks and not be contented in one's comfort zone helped her to become who she is today and will surely help her through the years.

She is married to John Nelson Lamzon and she is very proud of her four children, who makes her strong and feel loved.

Being with her family relieves her from stress and when she has problems she seeks time to talk to a higher power, someone greater than herself.

Ma'am Gina loves to go to the mall as well, window shopping makes her feel at ease.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 09, 2011.

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