This being my reality, I have grown to enjoy listening to people’s problems and difficulties and trying to help them to the best of my abilities. This isn’t really a “hobby”, but it is related to what a psychologist does. Even though this is the case, one of the aspects that most interest me about psychology is analyzing people, understanding what they are going through, and doing my best to help them. I have been doing this with most of my family and friends since I was little, seeing as my mother needed my help a lot of times and the fact that my friends use my
The first one is the fact that people cannot be think as separate from their relationships. Since relationships are one of the core factors in our life, it would be inevitable to be effected by them in different ways. The way we chose to deal with these relationships may be maladaptive and we need to learn a better way of dealing. PIT enables the therapist and patient to work on the present feelings and thoughts, which may arise in current therapeutic relationship. Even if these feelings and thoughts appears in the therapy sessions, they are also patterns of thinking and feeling in real life settings.
Kabat-Zinn (1993) defined mindfulness as “helping people live each moment of their lives, even the painful ones, as fully as possible.” Mindfulness is related to self-care in that it encourages individuals to look inward at thoughts, feelings, and attitudes occurring in the moment. Professional psychologists are forced to deal with difficult emotions that can arise in session, which can bring up their own personal histories. Shapiro, Brown, & Biegel,(2007), studied the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on participants in training to become professional therapists. MSRB “is based on the premise that enhancing the capacity to be mindful, to attend to present moment experience in a receptive manner will over time, reduce the identification with self-focused thoughts and emotions that can lead to poorer mental health (Shapiro, Brown, & Biegel 2007; Kabat-Zinn, (1990).” The study by Shapiro, Brown, & Biegel (2007) was done to examine the benefits of engaging in MSRB as a form of self-care. The results found that increasing mindfulness was associated with declines in perceived stress, anxiety, rumination, and increased self-compassion.
Cultural Self-Assessment As a human services major, I have learned to explore more about myself. I have learned about my values, and my belief system; in addition, I have become aware of my biases, flaws, and my internalized stereotypes and prejudices. As I go along with each one of my human services classes, I begin to learn more about myself. However, there is one thing that has not changed since before I got into this major, and that is, that there is always hope for people. For me, hope doesn’t come from religion, it could come from those around us, and even from within ourselves.
Cheerleading has taught me so many life lessons and has given me the opportunity to meet new people from all over the country and learn from their accomplishments. I learned that even after failure one must learn from his or her mistakes and to make those improvements where necessary. It was not about proving those who doubted me wrong, but to give those who had the same desire an example. It also helped me serve as that kind of ambassador for the school. This has helped me look at the world and ask myself what is missing from it that I am able to provide.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always felt this heart aching pain every time I see someone in trouble, feeling down, and etcetera. And I have also felt like a super hero when I am able to make someone happier, even if it is by taking the slightest smile or laugh out of them. Growing up I was not sure why I was like this. A couple of weeks ago, I found out through a strengths assessment in StrengthsQuest that one of my top strengths is empathy. Which makes a lot of sense because I am definitely able to feel the emotions of the people around me.
This process of understanding who I am, allowed me to realise that I want to become a clinical psychologist. I developed a clear plan for my volunteer and work experiences and how this has contributed to my skill level. I realised that I wanted to become a clinical psychologist because I want to focus on making effective connections and establish a professional relationship with my future clients. I hope that by establishing a professional connection with my client I would be able to help them with their mental health problems. I wanted to use my ideologies to determine my future direction and I want to keep it aligned with my goals.
Over the semester I have learned many new aspects of social work that have helped deepen my understanding of what social work is really about. This course has taught me things that will help me become a better person and will also help me with my future working with children. Self reflection is a key skill to have when working in social work. We need to understand how we are, and our social location, influence everything we do with social work. My beliefs and values would be beneficial for being a social worker because I have a caring no judgment, personality that allows me to be a neutral and to listen to people.
Vision and Opportunity: Career/ Educational goals and purpose Having a personal plan for the future helps us in having a clear path to follow toward achieving our goals. Regarding this, I have written the goals that I want them to be achieved after graduating from the college. To write my goals, I have brainstormed my thoughts about my interest areas which helped me on deciding which goals I want to achieve. The first goal is being a professional psychologist as I spend a lot of my time reading about psychology and how people problems can be solved in a psychological way. I want to achieve this goal because I believe it will help in solving a lot of people problems in a way where they can be comfortable to talk and share their conditions.
The definition of psychology had undergone several revisions in the past. It is currently define as a discipline engaged in studying behaviour and mental processes. The field of psychology is ever expanding and diversifying and several sub fields of psychology have been developed. A study of psychology can help our society to improve life. Many of issues would disappear if we have knowledge about psychology because when you learn psychology, you can understand everyone’s reason for doing everything and why someone would act a certain way.
To enhance my experience I would like to work with veterans, adult homeless, and the mentally ill. My objective is to be admitted into the Master of Science degree program with an option in Rehabilitation Counseling, where I can grow and take on new challenges. Ultimately, I would like to assume further educational and gain work experience that would allow me to work more effectively with people with disabilities. Most importantly, I would like to work for an agency where I can build a career in counseling and possibly management. I am driven to be the best at what I do. I tend to work hard toward my goals and fulfill all work assignments in a timely manner.
My Thoughts Exercise: Assignment #7 Anaïs Nin On Truth and Reality 1. Page 206. “The change came from within; it was a force which could solve conflicts and dualities.” My Thoughts: This quote was in regards to Dr. Rank’s therapy sessions with Nin and her realization of this huge experience with fixing herself inside. Nin speaks of strengthening her “creative will” or how she refers to it her “stubbornness” and how this exercise from Dr. Rank shifted to changing her personal life and the after effects were explosive. I found this quote to be enlightening and life changing.
One common thing each article involved was that it related directly to HE321 health counseling and the curriculum we covered in class. Mental health does not only affect individual but it affects our society as a whole. As a counselor you must help clients with issues from depression to substance abuse and help clients not only overcome their challenged but develop into healthier human beings mentally as well. Each article was articulated, well balanced and well supported with evidence. Each article also integrated CBT and a client centered approach in a clinical setting in order to create the opportunity for clients to develop skill needed to prevent relapse and treat their problems with substance abuse.
I took classes like KIN 220, CST 105 but the most helpful overall was KIN 250 which was though by my most favorite professor, Mrs. Poole. The course helped me realize the importance of physical activity by providing me understanding how PA can improve health, it can help people with mental problems, and it can help people to connect with each other. Physical activity has a big impact on health and also mental health by providing them a way to change their body into what they want it to be. Physical activity can help with connecting with others by helping you push yourself out of your comfort level and try something new. This course helped me prepare for my career by providing me the information I needed to be successful.
Throughout my clinical rotations, I found internal medicine to be most rewarding. It requires critical thinking, problem solving skills and deductive reasoning to reach a diagnosis through the data obtained from the patient. But what differentiates a good internist from a great internist is good listening and interpersonal skills. I believe this is where my undergraduate in psychology gives me an edge. In my undergraduate psychology, we are taught the importance of good listening and communication skills which makes the patient feel important, comfortable and establishes a good doctor-patient relationship.