Hello, good to see you!
My biggest goal in life is to make the world a little bit brighter. Right now I’m doing that by studying to eventually become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I know a lot about faith and mental health, and every single day find how they play a role in daily life. For several years, mental illness made my life extremely difficult, and I kept all my thoughts to myself. Then I started to share my heart with select family, friends, and groups of people. Now, I claim my story and am proclaiming that no matter who you areor what you have been through, you are loved and worthy and exquisite. My experiences may be similar to yours, or they may be vastly different, and those are both excellent reasons to keep reading! Join me in this journey of finding beauty in the mundane and meaning in suffering.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies from the University of North Florida (UNF), and am currently in my second year of graduate school, also at UNF, in the Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program. I am the President of UNF’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the Academic and Professional Counseling Honor Society International, which focuses on mental health advocacy and counselor professional development. I am also currently working on completing a 1,000-hour internship at Jacksonville University (JU), where I provide mental health services to students in the Student Counseling Center. In the community, I serve on the Board of Directors for Hope Street Inc., a non-profit organization that provides education and support to organizations and families about evidence-based practices for healing complex developmental trauma. After I graduate with my Master’s Degree in August 2019, I will spend a few years working towards earning my independent licensure. Ultimately, I desire to focus my career on providing services at the intersection of faith and mental health, including individual and group counseling, outreach, workshops, research, and writing.
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In Joy, Monica
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others.