Importance Of Psychology

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I chose psychotherapy as a career path early on. When my parents separated from a tumultuous marriage the court ordered us to see a psychologist and I was always eager to go to sessions. I grew up in a home where domestic violence was prevalent and spent my childhood with a traumatized single mother, a survivor of both marital rape and domestic violence. I would leave the therapist’s office I felt reassured and absolved of my issues at the time and it was an immense relief. I became very thankful for therapy. I saw the difference between my sibling and I, whom didn’t receive the benefit of therapy and is still dealing with issues stemming from her childhood. I declared psychology as my major as an undergraduate because I knew that is what …show more content…
Joining a group on campus opened an entirely new field I did not even know I was interested in. With my average grades, I thought that psychology was not for me; I became bored with big lectures and the lack of connection I had, not only the classes, but the campus because I was a commuter student who only came to campus when I needed to. I researched and attended the club fair and I found a group that was led by the University Counseling Center, Project D.A.T.E. (Discovering Alternatives for Today’s Encounters), a peer education group that goes around campus and the community giving lectures on sexual assault prevention including legal definitions of rape and ways to stay safe on a college campus. With the group I had to attend a class every week and learn about a new topic about sexual assault including male, children, and special needs populations. I believe this attributed to learning to be culturally sensitive. Participating in the group for a year and a half, I increasingly involved myself in the logistics portion of the group. In the last year, I was on the executive board as the Secretary, I would write notes on our meetings and I volunteered to design the pamphlet and …show more content…
The curriculum prepares for a master’s level of psychotherapy and meets the state requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy which would be a great stepping stone to my overall goal. My objective is to assist clients who have issues with trauma in correlation to sexual assault and I aspire to promote healthy interpersonal relationships and sexual health. There are several classes that the program offers that I am looking forward to such as Ethnic and Gender Issues counseling and psychotherapy and the Crisis and Trauma counseling which is definitely the scope of field that I am hoping to concentrate on. A specific course assured what I had looking for throughout my college career which was my concentration; the sexual dysfunctions course I took, as part of the Human Sexuality minor, focused on case studies and diagnosing them from the DSM-5 sexual dysfunctions criteria and devise a treatment plan. The curriculum in the course helped discover my focal point which is sex therapy which coincides with interpersonal relationships, crisis intervention and trauma. I plan to become a Certified AASECT Sex Therapist. My overall professional goal is to continue my studies and obtain a Ph.D in clinical psychology and work at a non-profit organization similar to Strength United working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I would like to continue to educate,

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