The mission of the program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, practices, and values of the counseling profession: empowerment, resilience, optimal development, multicultural competence, and holism in order to promote the well-being of individuals, families, and the diverse systems that support them.
1. How would you contribute to the fulfillment of the program’s mission given your personal and professional characteristics and accomplishments, your academic background, and your experience?
-I believe that equal rights are important for all men, women, lgbtq+
– I come from foster care and my mother was deported
-I served 8 years in the army and overcame 2 years in combat as a woman
-I had a pituitary adenoma that though it was non cancerous was big enough to affect my mood and cause symptoms during my second deployment.
I had trouble with depression and ptsd during my undergraduate studies causing my GPA to be low but I was able to graduate
-after my graduation of my BS in clinical psychology I was able to complete a year of my Grad school with a 3.87 GPA (during Covid Pandemic and being a first time mom to a new born) but need to transfer to the Chicago Pschool of Psychology Washington DC campus because my son was diagnosed with Autism and I found a program to help him with early intervention in the DMV area.
-I wholeheartedly believe that therapy and mental health are just as important as physical health and have seen the importance of if through all my life.
2. Upon successful completion of the program, how do you see yourself contributing to the profession as a clinical mental health counselor?
I have worked as a psychiatric rehabilitation specialist since 2018 and have been an interpreter for non English speaking families during therapy sessions.
Being able to be a bilingual therapist (Spanish and English) will allow me to work with clients in diverse latin communities that don’t have the access to mental health.
As of now I am interested in working with underprivileged communities, children