Life Outside the Shroud: Giving Counseling a Second Chance

I remember the first time I saw a counselor. As an attempt to prepare myself for meeting with my first psychiatrist, I sat on a faded blue couch in a room with a counselor who was supposed to help me feel more comfortable with whatever was about to happen that would change the course of … Continue reading Life Outside the Shroud: Giving Counseling a Second Chance

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Finding My Voice: Letting Go of Perfection and Embracing the Real Me

I keep writing blog posts, and then not sharing them. I have a whole Google drive folder of post ideas. Some are a few sentences with a fizzled-out idea, others are half-written without an ending in mind, and a few are final drafts that are left untouched. One of my goals for 2019 was to … Continue reading Finding My Voice: Letting Go of Perfection and Embracing the Real Me

The Beauty of Becoming: Navigating The Struggle to Fill My Creative Well

Against my initial doubt, I made it to 100. This semester, I am taking a graduate course called Expressive and Creative Arts in Counseling. Designed as more of an experiential class, rather than lecture-based instruction, my group of fellow counselors-in-training and I have embarked on a journey to “fill our creative well” so that we … Continue reading The Beauty of Becoming: Navigating The Struggle to Fill My Creative Well

“So OCD”: The Truth Behind the Quirky Adjective

I overheard yet another joke about someone saying that they are “so OCD.” Unlike this uninformed jokester, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the beginning of my second year of college. While sitting in the lab section of my Research Methods in Psychology course, the teaching assistant drew a diagram on the … Continue reading “So OCD”: The Truth Behind the Quirky Adjective

The Worth of Our All

Being able to introduce myself as a “therapist” has started to sink in a little bit. I recently finished my fourth semester of graduate school, and my first semester working in my internship as a Mental Health Counselor Intern. As part of my Practicum course where I received supervision from one of my Professors, alongside … Continue reading The Worth of Our All

Un-Engaged

I’m not where I thought I’d be. While speaking on a panel for a women’s day of reflection for the college Catholic campus ministry in my area, I sat beside three beautiful brides of Christ, who are religious sisters in the community of the Servants of the Pierced Heart of Jesus and Mary, as well … Continue reading Un-Engaged

The Juxtaposition of Suicide & Advent

I spend a lot of time talking about suicide. With each client that sits down in my cozy little office, at some point during their first session, I broach this topic. As a health professional, it is my utmost job to make sure that when people leave my office, they will be safe. Due to … Continue reading The Juxtaposition of Suicide & Advent

Let Go Of “Normal”

It’s time for a different goal. When talking with the many clients who come and sit in my cozy little office, I find out about the things they hope to achieve. In the safe, confidential space, I become privy to dreams and ambitions often unspoken. Since I work with college students, I ask about their … Continue reading Let Go Of “Normal”

Ask Me About Mental Health

“I went to therapy this morning.” This sentence is how I began the caption of my latest Instagram post. Wanting to upload a picture of myself in my cute new rust-colored jumpsuit (with pockets!), I entered into the perpetual struggle of figuring out what in the world I was going to write below it. I … Continue reading Ask Me About Mental Health

My Not-So-Important Name

After sharing with me from the depths of their heart for 50 minutes, they stood up to leave and asked me to repeat my name one more time. I have been a Mental Health Counselor Intern for seven weeks now, and it still feels so surreal. There are people in the world that, now, when … Continue reading My Not-So-Important Name