As a young child, I remember having an inquisitive mind about human nature and the emotional experience of other people. When I was 12 years old, however, my focus turned toward my own personal pain. My parents went through a very conflictual divorce. My mom felt my brother and I needed to be in therapy in order to help us understand and process our feelings of confusion and sadness.
Over the next several years, while meeting once a week with a therapist, I came to realize that I wanted to help and support people the way this lady was helping and supporting me. The experience of the therapy process and this caring woman made a significant impact on me, and I knew then I wanted to make the same impact on others.
This passion continued on in me through middle and high school.
Once in college I immediately declared my psychology major, and the rest was history. The next few years were consumed with working toward my masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
Over the past 15 years, I have worked in various clinical settings from outpatient clinics to inpatient units, residential treatment facilities and schools. I currently see clients in private practice, consult at a local special education school for neurologically diverse high school students, and write a weekly column for BellaOnline!
As the mental health contributing editor for BellaOnline, my goal is to provide you with information, support and guidance. I believe writing on the internet is the best way to reach people far and wide who may benefit in some way from receiving information.
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