MSPP Student Ambassador
University of Rhode Island
2nd year student, MA in Counseling Psychology and Primary Care program
Greetings! I am a student in the MA in Counseling Psychology and Primary Care program and I have been serving in the Army for over 14 years now - four of those on active duty and the remaining in the Army Reserves. I have held many positions in that time, although currently I am a Reserve Drill Sergeant. Much of my desire to be a mental health clinician came from my military experience, as I have seen first-hand the terrible effects of trauma and I have seen the need for more competent and experienced clinicians. While I have always had an interest in the field of Psychology, witnessing the unseen wounds related to conflict solidified my resolve to pursue mental health as a career. I completed my first year practicum working at the Veterans at Chelsea Soldiers Home and I am currently interning at Eleanor Slater Hospital.
I cannot say enough about how this hands-on experience has benefited me. Not only has it broadened my perspective on working with military personnel and their families, it has greatly increased my cultural competence.