Welcome to the Defining You Counseling and Consulting Blog!
I hope that you find the future posts on our blog to be helpful, informative, and interesting. The upcoming topics from me and other therapists here at Defining You will be pulled from common situations that people go through in life, such as the effects of divorce, feelings of social anxiety, and life role transitions. Topic suggestions are encouraged!
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the owner of Defining You and give some background on why I decided to become a professional counselor. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in psychology. I knew that I was going to major in psychology when I attended Central Michigan University for my undergraduate degree. I also minored in Family Studies and Human Sexuality.
My first challenge in my career occurred after graduating from college and not having a clear idea of what to do with my education. It took a few months of networking, applying to jobs, interviews before I found a job doing Market Research. While this career path was challenging and interesting, I wasn’t helping people in the way I wanted. I returned to school, attending Oakland University, to complete my master’s degree in Counseling. After completing my master’s degree, I then completed a post-master’s specialization in Mental Health.
Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of people. I have worked with individuals dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. I have worked with children who are adjusting to step-parents and having two homes instead of one. I have worked with cognitively delayed adults and children on the autism spectrum. I have worked with adults transitioning to new roles as parents and teens transitioning to college. As I have helped these people, they have all made an impact on my life and reaffirmed my decision to become a counselor.
A quote from Maya Angelou is often in my mind: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I keep that lesson in mind whenever working with others. My number one goal in each therapy session is to give you my full attention, to make you feel heard, and be present with you in that moment.