MSPP Student Ambassador
4th year Clinical PsyD
I am a fourth year PsyD student originally from Philadelphia. After completing my undergraduate degree at Tufts in Child Development and Clinical Psychology, I worked as a community based case manager based out of Chelsea Ma. During that year, I was able to experience first hand what a number of different mental health settings are like. It became very clear to me that I loved working in the field but there was a gap in my learning; I needed more theoretical understanding. I went through the common debate of PsyD/ PhD / Masters like many people pursuing graduate training in psychology, but after visiting MSPP for an open house, my answer was very clear.
I was incredibly impressed by the theoretical depth the courses and professors offered in conjunction with the hands on learning that I loved. I took the typical first year course load that offered a foundation to important history, concepts and diagnoses in the field. Starting clinical training can feel like jumping into the deep end of a pool, but it always helps to remind myself that I have to start somewhere, and my mistakes have been my biggest learning experiences. This year I am working three days per week as a therapist at Simmons College Counseling Center. I have adored my time at Simmons and it is amazing to look back on the last few months and see how much I have learned. In second year, you also begin to learn and implement theories through courses like Psychodynamic Theory and Family Systems Theory.
In the future, I hope to pursue a private practice and be involved in some capacity with training graduate students. I really value supervision and also hope to develop a group of colleagues with whom to consult and work. At this point, I'm particularly interested in Feminist, Systems and Humanistically informed therapy. I also have a strong interest in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and its use in the treatment of trauma. If I were to offer any advice to incoming students it would be to breath and pace yourself. Everything feels big at first, but it passes and you can look back and feel proud about how far you've come. It's all about taking care of yourself and not being afraid to ask for guidance when you need it.