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Left real estate career to pursue passion to help others as a counselor

Fred Theobald is dedicated to helping people who are in transition in their lives as a licensed professional counselor. It’s a surprising path for the man who had been a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry when he made the decision to pursue a long set aside dream of helping others though counseling.

After years of working in real estate, Theobald decided to turn an avocation into a full-time career and began his graduate studies at Argosy University, Dallas in a field he was always passionate about pursuing. He immediately went to work as a mental health technician at a local inpatient psychiatric facility, which exposed him to the variety of people he would be working with professionally. It essentially gave him an opportunity to practice the skills and theories he was studying.

“While at Argosy University, I made a concerted effort to involve myself with as many professional organizations as possible with the goal of developing a professional network within the local counseling community,” said Theobald. “I wanted to find mentors who are successful and active in the field, and learn more about the variety of opportunities available to mental health professionals in order to help me find my niche.”

Along with a strong academic foundation, the faculty and staff provided a “real world” perspective on his career, according to Theobald. “One of the most important aspects of my education at Argosy University is that I realized my academic work is only part of my life and career. Students there learn the basic tools in school, but they also learn how to use them once they enter the field,” added Theobald.

After graduating in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Community Counseling, he immediately passed the National Counselor Exam (NCE). He performed so well on the exam that he documented his experience by co-authoring a chapter in the book How to Pass the National Counselor Exam the First Time.

Following graduation, Theobald began a professional internship at a counseling center in a local church while continuing his work at the psychiatric facility. He was then invited to join another Argosy University alumnus who had a private practice and moved from the institutional side of practice to private practice.

Theobald currently serves as President of the Dallas Metro Counseling Association, sits on the Steering Committee for the Adolescent Symposium of Texas, is a contributing author on matters related to the field of counseling, and is one of the first Argosy University, Dallas graduates to graduate a member of Chi Sigma Iota.

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