I (still) don't understand this frequent insistence that you must go through the experience yourself in order to "really" be good at helping others with it. My specialty is psych, and, believe me
, no one has ever suggested that you must have schizophrenia in order to really understand what they're going through and be good at working with schizophrenics.
My subspecialty is child
psych, and I have
had quite a few people over the years ask if I have children myself, and express surprise when I answer "no." However, my own observation (over many years of practice in a variety of roles and settings -- I started out as a staff nurse, but have been a child psych CNS for many years) has been that not having children is, in many ways, an advantage
in child psych -- it certainly avoids a lot of the boundary issues and role conflicts that I've seen some parents (working in child psych) struggle with in those settings.
Go for it!!!