I do not think that completing all the requirements to become a licensed counselor makes you a competent counselor. I believe that this can go hand in hand with the particular client you are working with. If you ever went through something traumatic in your personal life it will continue to follow you in your counseling career. For example, if you were sexually molested as a child and became a licensed counselor this traumatic event would still follow you. Would you be competent with a client that was a child molester? Most likely if it was traumatic enough for you the answer would be no and it would be easy to be incompetent due to being uncomfortable, which would lead to you not being able to provide the effective care, support and encouragement that client would need. Just some food for thought.