Psychotherapy Personal Statement

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…
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 resource card that peer educators distribute during any events or lectures. As part of the group, especially the administration portion of the group, made me feel like I was making a change. I had a professor advise me that when I really like to do something I needed to explore some more, I decided to minor in Human Sexuality. The topic is broader than I believed, I …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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