PHD Online, Educational Counseling

For the past three years, since graduating with my masters in clinical and counseling psychology, I have given myself over completely to the mental health and counseling profession. My work in the non-profit sector has given me real-world experiences, challenges and situations irreproducible in a classroom. I have given of myself and provided counseling for individuals, families and groups, and worked with a diverse clientele including abused and neglected children, adolescents and their respective families. My fluency in English and Spanish has proved invaluable, making me more of an asset to the non-profits and clients I've been privileged to work with. I'm very proud of the work I have done, seeing my clients make positive and beneficial changes in their lives. While this has been an enjoyable and, frankly, rewarding experience, I am finding that there is more I want to do. It is my opinion that I will quickly exhaust the possibilities in this current environment. In order to accomplish my ideals, I've discovered that I need to go to the next level. This is where a relationship with Argosy University begins.

In the family counseling I've been involved in, I've found that interventions are cathartic moments defining moments that rapidly lay the fertile compost necessary to improve relationships, particularly between parents and their children. Argosy would enable me to pursue more research into performing effective clinical interventions and the therapy thereof. Moreover, my work in clinical psychology has been a tantalus for me of many subjects I want to delve further into, including mental disorders, repressed thoughts and feelings and how they contribute to the development of psychological disorders, such as depression. A doctorate of education in counseling psychology will be the vehicle necessary for me to give back to the field and to educating others in these and, I'm certain,many more topics, as well as slaking my thirst for more exploration into these areas.

My foundation in teaching, four years in the making, has shown me that my place is not only in the clinical practice, but in the classroom. The workshops I have designed, and conducted as well as the group therapy situations I have orchestrated, continue my educational career. I am not just leading a group discussion, I am a teacher, and when we teach, we help solidify our own education. While my aspirations include eventually teaching psychology and counseling courses as a college professor, I am highly interested in being a clinical supervisor in my own private practice. It is my understanding that a course of study with Argosy will include the requisite education necessary to bring my plans to fruition. It is my intention to bring my passion for the field to the health and counseling profession both as an educator and a counselor.

It is my enthusiasm, dedication and critical thinking skills that have gotten me this far, and have led me to this moment, eager to succeed in your doctoral program.  Together, through this relationship, I hope to enrich both of our experiences.

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