This a real picture, and it makes me think that, sometimes, we forget to look at the beauty that surrounds us. It is all too easy to miss a picture perfect blue sky when papers are due, laundry must be done, and we are saddled with a long “to-do” list. Maybe, just for now, put down the lists, and take a look up!
Gisela R., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort #futurecounselor
#humansofcmhc #snowday #snowday2018 #thursdaythoughts #thursdaymotivation #sky #clouds
There was no third trimester. My son was born three months premature, and it changed my life forever. I became a part of this amazing, inspiring community of special needs parents. Too often, these parents prioritize their children’s mental health at the expense of their own. So I decided to be a part of the change I want to see, and I knew the CMHC Program at Molloy was the place to start. I was drawn in by the program’s emphasis on authenticity, empathy, and service, and they did not disappoint. I’d been to graduate school before so I just knew what to expect...or so I thought. However, this time around, I’m not only growing as a student, I’m also growing as a person. The CMHC community is as amazing and inspiring as my parenting community. Once again, my life is being changed forever, and I am so grateful. Maya W., CMHC Graduate Student, 4th Cohort #HumansofCMHC
Yesterday was my 34th birthday, and as I reflect on my two plus years within the CMHC Program, I am so proud of my cohort and how much we’ve grown and evolved. We’ve all worked so hard, and are finally doing the actual work with real clients in the field. Yesterday, I spent my birthday at my internship site, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Dani B., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort #HumansofCMHC #FutureCounselor
Coming up on my last year in the program is an incredible feeling. If you would have asked me where I would be 2 years ago, it was not here, and now I cannot imagine my life without having had all of these experiences. Being a part of this program has already set me up with a job in the field, as well as helped me get closer to my dream of working with kids. This semester, in particular, I am grateful to be working one on one with Dr. Wood, who is helping me get a better understanding of a key piece of the work I will be doing with Death, Dying & Bereavement. This has been such an incredible experience, and I cannot wait to keep going with our work. I guess you can say I am really living my dream!
Samantha B., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort
Since starting the CMHC program, my decision to pursue something that I have always enjoyed doing has been affirmed by learning about just how exciting and rewarding a career in counseling can be. In just a short amount of time, my cohort and the faculty members have made me feel right at home. They have enabled my confidence in the program’s ability to help not only my academic and professional growth, but my personal growth as well. I am so grateful that I get to be a part of such a wonderful program in the midst of the intellectually intensive environment that is Molloy. I look forward to a future that is filled with more learning, and meaningful memories!
Amy W., CMHC Graduate Student, 4th Cohort
#humansofcmhc #futurecounselor #molloycmhc
I started seeing my first therapist at the age of 25 even though I know I should have sought help for my anxiety sooner, but I am not letting that prevent me from making the most out of each of my sessions. I recently started getting back into drawing and painting, something I haven’t done regularly since I was in middle school, but I am not letting that gap prevent me from re-accessing my creative side that I know is still there, despite how long it’s been dormant. When I turned 26, my partner gifted me a keyboard, and the thought of trying to learn an instrument now is terrifying, but I am not letting that prevent me from starting lessons as a beginner. The other day, someone told me that I have to learn how to slow down, and take some time to live in and appreciate the present moment. It has taken me many years to be able to look beyond the apparent simplicity of this statement, and understand it for what it is truly worth because, lately, life has been moving in a lot of unexpected directions. I think there is also something to be said for the simultaneous feelings of doubt and certainty in myself that have been coloring my outlook as of late. In my 3rd and last year, I am working on being able to apply this same energy to my classes and internship, and someday, to my sessions with my own clients. Elizabeth P., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort #HumansofCMHC
One year ago, today, I lost my home to an electrical fire. From the moment I received the call, I was surrounded by a circle of caring that went around and around and around. From the graduate assistant who gently took the phone out of my hands, to the program director who kept in constant loving contact, to the faculty who sat on the floor with me for hours, to the faculty who prepared for battle in case my professors insisted I still hand in homework. From the students and colleagues I know personally that selflessly gave and gave and gave, to those who still don’t even know it was me. From my sister and her partner, to my cousins and my parents. To my friends, oh my goodness, to my dear friends. From my partner at the time, who was incredibly heroic, and to my brave little puppy, who survived without missing a beat.
It was as if I stood in one place and my community circled and circled, and kept me standing until could do it on my own.
I want to serve others the way my community has served me. I want to be a circle of caring for those who need to be kept standing until they can stand on their own. I want to serve my community as it has served me.
Theresa E., CMHC Graduate Student, 4th Cohort #humansofcmhc #futurecounselor #molloycmhc
I owe it to being an athlete in helping me realize my true purpose in life; helping others. Being an athlete, you begin to identify your role when it comes to working as a teammate. I quickly recognized my passion for leading others and pushing them to the best version of themselves. I could never let anyone settle for less than what they are capable of, and although I was tough on people throughout my athletic career, this program has given me the tools I needed when it came to understanding the importance of being thoughtful of everyone’s differences. I have learned that not everyone can be handled in the same ways, and everyone has their own story that shaped them to become who they are today. I now have a more open mind and am excited to incorporate the passion I hold for bringing out the best in others, while also being aware of their individual differences. I noticed myself developing into a more confident person throughout my first year and am truly eager to see how much more I will grow throughout the remaining time in the program! Kayla R., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #HumansofCMHC
Follow your soul, it knows the way. Over the past year, I have roamed through an incredible journey where I have collected countless lessons and stories, which have deepened my understanding of the world and of myself. My true bliss in life has been my love to travel, which led me to discovering the appreciation I hold for other cultures and people. In my own journey to becoming a student of this program, I recall my experience of a summer spent in Malta. On a night at the salt pans of the Mediterranean Coast, the position of Jupiter was just right; where the planet was visible, remarkably the brightest star. A moment like this made me appreciate the power we hold to choosing our life narratives and choosing to see the beauty in darkness. The wisdom and knowledge I have gained from this program, my professors and peers, have created another dimension to wanting to see the world and accepting our differences and embracing our similarities. I can say that I am curious more than ever to learn and understand the unique human-being and our constructs of the past, present, and future. I am grateful for how far I have come and am excited about where I am going. Danielle M., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #HumansofCMHC #FutureLMHC
Joining the CMHC family has been all that I thought it would be and more. Molloy’s program has always called to me, but it wasn’t until I was considering other programs that I understood why. In interviewing with other programs I would ask, “What kind of counselors graduate from here?” Most responded with how employable their graduates were, how marketable they were to prospective employers, or even how their graduates had jobs weeks after graduation. The responses I got from the CMHC faculty, however, stood out because they were reflective of some of the most important personal qualities that a counselor possesses: empathy, self-reflection, unconditional positive regard, and cultural competence. Those are the things that make a true counselor.
Kiera L., CMHC Graduate Student, 4th Cohort
#humansofcmhc #4thCohort #futuremhc
Life is a journey and everyone has a right to choose their route. As future counselors, we are here to help people throughout their journey. I’m Nouna; I’m originally Persian and have traveled a lot to follow my dream of becoming a counselor. I’m very passionate about what I learn and can’t wait to practice it in the real world. Being here and being apart of the CMHC Program at Molloy College is one of the best decisions that I’ve made. CMHC Program faculty and my peers are like family to me and I’m so blessed and grateful to have them in my life. Nouna J., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #HumansofCMHC
Entering this program has felt like the natural next step in my journey of figuring out how I can continue to best serve the people in my community, and, eventually, learn how to best serve people around the world. Now that I have officially started, I am even more confident that my choice to study at Molloy was the right one.
I found my way to the CMHC program after years of training at a musical theatre conservatory, and completing my undergraduate degree in creative arts and health. From here, I discovered drama therapy and Dr. Laura Wood’s work, and, finally, after all of that, it all started to really come together. While I pursue my master’s degree, I will simultaneously be an alternative track student training to become a certified drama therapist. I am so grateful and ready to take on these opportunities and any unique challenges that may be thrown my way. The time has come to dive in, and I am ready!
Francesca J., CMHC Graduate Student, 4th Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #worldmentalhealthday #mentalhealthawareness
Lack of knowledge breeds biases and causes enmity and pain where none should exist. As a student in this program, I am truly grateful for the knowledge that is been imparted to me by my knowledgeable professors. Over the past year, I have been able to look deeper within myself thanks to the engaging classes I have taken so far. From this, I have been able to adjust the way I relate to the world, and to the people that inhabit it. I have also come to realize that I was holding on to traditions, and as a result, was distancing myself from certain populations. Each day, I am learning to embrace the change that has taken place in my personal life, and I am confident that I am now a better person because of this program.
Phillip C., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #molloycollege
Counseling encompasses more than just talk therapy. Sometimes we incorporate other modalities such dogs, as in pet therapy. Mercy Behavioral Health Services is an innovative internship site. Rally and Glen ( the pet therapy canine companions) are frequent visitors who provide a safe, fun, healing environment. These therapeutic canine companions accompany their owner and art therapist MaryAnne. MaryAnne also provides multiple mediums for the clients to express themselves. You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words!” It’s so true, many times what a client is unable to say verbally can be expressed in their artwork.
Kathleen M., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy
“Let us give thanks for our shadows
for they are there in the first place
because of the presence of light.” ― Kamand Kojouri
The symbol of the Yin Yang reminds us that there is a balance in life of darkness and light. It is hard when you are struggling to remember that there must be bad times so that you can truly appreciate and recognize the good times. I hope to teach my clients that balance is important in any aspect of life whether it be balance in relationships with others, balance in how you spend your time, or balance within yourself. It is something that I plan to work on everyday throughout my counseling career and my personal life. #staybalanced
#HumansofCMHC #Graduatestudent #Cohort2
Ashley A., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort
I started the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Molloy College this past September. When I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Creative Arts, I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take next. ———————————— Throughout my time during undergrad, I created numerous artworks that showed how the stigma of mental health can affect an individual who is suffering. The idea of advocating against this stigma stemmed from how my Croatian culture’s view of mental illness affected individuals who were suffering. ————————————
As I continue on my new path in this amazing program, I look forward to creating new ways to reach my community and society to work towards removing mental health stigma. ––––––––––––
Jessica B., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort ––––––––––––
#HumansofCMHC #molloycmhc #molloycollege #futurecounselor #LMHC
I have been at Mercy Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services Clinic since January. I’m mainly working in the partial hospitalization program. Each week is a new experience as some clients are discharged and others come into the program. It has been particularly rewarding to see a client who was coming since February graduate. I’ve seen her start in Partial when she was very distressed; go into the intensive out patient program(a step down program) and finally graduate to the out patient clinic. She has made great strides and I’m glad I was there to her progress! #HumansofCMHC
Kathleen M., CMHC graduate student, 2nd Cohort
#molloycollege #molloycmhc #LMHC #socialwork #clinical #clinicalmentalhealthcounseling #mercyhospital #rockvillecentre #nassaucounty #suffolkcounty
I remember when I first received the postcard from Molloy College in the mail. It read, “Open House for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Molloy College, and please join us.” I immediately thought to myself how a mental health counseling program would be a great fit for me since I was a compassionate and empathic person when dealing with people. I thought that it would be easy since I had numerous years of experience working with the public and dealing with people with mental health issues.
I attended the open house in April of 2015. While listening to the faculty speak on the requirements for the program I felt positive that this would be a definite program of interest for me. My only dilemma was that I lacked some of the requirements for entry into the program such as my GRE, and a few Psychology courses. Despite not having all of the requirements to enter into the program I was determined to figure out how I could get what was needed to enter into the program.
I remembered the day I actually met with Dr. Laura Kestemberg, we spoke for a while during that interview. After speaking with her and listening to her encouraging words about the Clinical Mental Health program at Molloy College, I decided that The Clinical Mental Health Program at Molloy College would become my future endeavor.
Over these past three and half years I have had many academic challenges, but one of my academic highlights came while in a class being taught by Dr. Laura Woods. It was during her class that I realized my interest of study would be in existential / humanistic therapy.
Over these past few years it has been a privilege to be taught by some of the best mental health professionals around and I am thankful for the entire team. Without their continuous encouragement and support I would not have made it as far as I have. Currently, I am finishing up my internship at Calvary Hospital on their Hospice bereavement pastoral counseling unit. It’s been a joy to have had this experience. I am looking forward to working within this capacity of car counseling in the future. #humansofcmhc
L. Keeby-Fredricks, CMHC graduate student, 1st Cohort
My name is Elizabeth and I am a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department.Due to many nor'easters this winter and spring, we have not had classes for 3 weeks. Unlike my undergraduate experience many years ago, I am missing my classes very much!
I began my practicum in January, putting the skills that I have learned in this program into practice. I have been facilitating my own group therapy classes and would not imagine being able to do so without the ongoing support and instruction of my professors.
I am grateful to be in my own personal therapy at this time as thoughts and feelings are coming up for me. Counter transference must be attended to as well. Counseling has helped me to ground myself and be a more present student counselor who can empathize and have unconditional positive regard for all. I highly recommend it!
I look forward to my future and second career as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Elizabeth M., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort
#HumansofCMHC #molloycollege #molloycmhc #mentalhealthcounselor #mentalhealthcounselorintraining
Going back to school for my Masters in Mental Health Counseling has been a long goal of mine. I wanted to be a therapist for as long as I can remember, and I am excited that it’s now coming closer to a reality. I feel lucky that I’ve had great experiences in previous graduate training and teaching in psychology - I was trained as a social psychologist. But I always felt that something was missing. Since starting Molloy’s program in the fall, I now feel like I’m getting the clinical training I’ve always wanted. Obtaining this degree is not only important to me professionally, but personally as well. I want to show my daughters that they should always go after their goals. This program has also emphasized the importance of working on your own issues as you evolve as a counselor. As I get older, I try to keep in focus what is really central to my happiness - family, friends, support, and experiences that challenge me and make me grow. I take any opportunity I can to get out of my comfort zone and see what the world has to offer. Here’s to change!
Diana M-P., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort
#HumansofCMHC #molloycollege #molloycmhc #psychologist
Who doesn't wish that life was just one big comfy couch? Unfortunately, the older you get, the unlikelihood of this becomes more apparent...but, what if you could be your own big comfy couch?
My name is Kathy, and I am a second-year student in Molloy’s CMHC program. My biggest takeaway from the past year has been how important it is to get to know yourself; I know it sounds silly, but what you learn just may surprise you. The mind is an incredible thing, as are the facets that makeup one's individuality, but, if you're not careful, some of these qualities can slip away without you even knowing.
The insight I have gained this year allowed me to see how I have constrained my personality over the years to best suit those around me. This program has shown me how I can break this cycle. On our first day of class, we were told that this was where we would discover and explore our counselor identity, but I have found so much more than that— comfort, in my own skin.
Kathy T., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort
#HumansofCMHC #molloycmhc #molloycollege #furturelmhc #furturecounselor
Black History Month is a month were Black people can feel proud of their history and where they came from. It is especially important for me to celebrate Black History because of representation.
Representation in the black culture is very important in our community. As a person of color and as a person of color that is going into the counseling profession, I know what I represent to many others who look like me.
I represent a symbol of hope, motivation, empowerment, and understanding. There are not many Black counselors in the counseling profession, so being one coming into this profession, I give black people hope that coming to therapy may be a safe place, may be a place of understanding and being heard.
It is important that during Black History Month and beyond that us counselors are aware that many people of color may not feel comfortable with going to counseling because of lack of representation and fear of not being heard or understood. It is up to us counselors to use empathy for those who we do not fully understand their lives, and for us to advocate/help them through their adversities and celebrate their triumphs.
Tatiana M., CMHC Graduate Student, 1st Cohort
#Humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #molloycollege #therapist #blackhistory #blackhistorymonth #graduatestudents
Hi my name is Samantha. I’m a second year student and I have started my practicum/internship at the Mental Health Association of NYC Crisis Call Center. This has been such an amazing learning experience for me. There are so many different kinds of contact that can be made and the support you get is above and beyond. It can be overwhelming sometimes. When I become overwhelmed I remember what Dr. Wood taught us in skills. I ground myself. Feeling my feet on the floor and really sink into my body and I am ready to help the best I can. It’s important to be grounded when talking with clients so that way you can give them the support they need and focus your attention where it needs to be the most. It’s not only good to be grounded when your with a client but even when your doing homework or need some self care time.
Samantha B., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort
#HumansofCMHC #molloycollege #molloycmhc #graduatestudent
Black History Month is a time for remembrance and also a time for celebration.
I believe it is important for counselors to be involved in Black History Month to learn about past events, oppression, struggles and accomplishments in order to gain insight and awareness which will enable us to be culturally competent counselors. Our program teaches cultural competence but we must continue to educate ourselves and being involved in Black History Month is part of that education.
Lori M., CMHC Graduate Student, 1st Cohort
#HumansofCMHC #molloycollege #molloycmhc #blackhistory #blackhistorymonth
My name is Gisela. I'm a second year Mental Health Counseling student who returned to school after a long absence. I walked into my first class with a brand new spiral notebook, a stomach full of jitters and a mind full of worries and concerns. I went home that night electrified by the challenges and possibilities. To be supported by caring faculty and amazing students is priceless. With a full time job and a family that includes four children, it is not easy, but the stress is greatly outweighed by the encouragement and spirit of the program. On particularly stressful days, I turn to homeopathic cures and lots of water😉
Gisela R., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort
My name is Zakiya McCormick. I always had a passion for helping others, and along the way, I learned that I was a great listener. When you are young, it is easy to think, "why not get paid for listening to people and helping them?" As I got older, however, I became more interested and invested in helping others. Initially, I was going to stop at just a Bachelor’s degree, but one of my father’s wishes for me when he got sick was for me to continue my education. He told me to follow my dreams and find something I am very interested in so that I could finish out school doing something I love. I stumbled across Molloy’s program on the Internet and saw it was a new Master’s program that was introduced to the school. Not only was I doing something my father wanted me to do, but I was also going to be a part of history: I was going to be a part of the first class to graduate from Molloy’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I knew right away this was going to be something “epic.” During my time in this program a lot has happened in my life, and a lot about me has changed. Support from the Director, faculty and students in the department that know my story have helped me so much along the way. It hasn’t always been easy, but I'm glad to be a part of this amazing program.
Zakiya M., CMHC Graduate Student, 1st Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
My name is Steven, and I am a first year student in the CMHC program. I feel really lucky to be a part of something so great. I really love how the program at Molloy makes each cohort feel like they are a part of a growing family. I chose to pursue my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling because I really want to learn how to help people who are facing very different, and very difficult, issues. Every day, for example, through the news or social media, I see how much injustice is directed toward people suffering with mental health issues. It is this injustice that inspires me to want to create change, and that is why I am so grateful to a part of this program.
Each week I look forward to going to class because each one is full of energy, and it is exciting to be in a room full of people that are so passionate about mental health. I love how each week the professors challenge us to think critically, and encourage us to voice our own opinions and thoughts. I love how the professors create a welcoming environment where the students are encouraged to open up and express themselves.
One of the best parts about coming to class each week is spending my evenings with some amazing people. The people in my cohort are so loving and caring, and I can feel each week that we are growing closer and closer. I am so glad that I am fortunate enough to be a part of this cohort, it is a great privilege, and I am excited to see where this journey takes me.
Steven L., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
I lean into the simple magic of this time of year. Whether it's baking bread from scratch, honoring my cat via (this extremely lifelike!) pumpkin portrait, or getting lost in an apple orchard, for me Halloween is a time to honor ourselves through self care and little bits of everyday magic.
Dani B., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
My name is Tina and I am so grateful to be part of the CMHC program at Molloy College. As a first year student I feel I could not have chosen a better option for myself. It took me some time to really decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and already, I am extremely satisfied with my choice. I have worked with children and adolescents with special needs for a large portion of my life and that really made me realize what I feel I was meant to do. It has influenced me to move forward to get my masters in clinical mental health counseling and continue working with individuals with special needs as well as others struggling with different issues in their life.
Every week, I always look forward to going to class and expanding my knowledge. It’s a great feeling to be interested in something I am extremely passionate about, as well as being in a comfortable and welcoming environment. The staff in this program is incredible. They bring so much energy to the class and have effective learning strategies that always keep me engaged. In addition, I have received so much support and encouragement from them and that is very important to me.
Aside from the staff being great and the classes being extremely interesting, I feel this program is already having a very positive effect on me. I have really broken out of my shell in such a short period of time and it feels incredible. I already notice how much I am growing as a person and will continue to. I feel like I’ve been challenged in a positive way and I am discovering news things about myself every day. My cohort is another significant reason why this journey has been so amazing thus far. My classmates are caring and try to help each other out whenever they can. I feel very comfortable around them and I love watching them grow as well as myself. To me this is very inspirational. It is a huge privilege for me to be part of the CMHC program and I’m so thankful and I am truly excited to continue this wonderful journey and see where it takes me.
Tina D., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
As a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Molloy, I am not only gaining a great deal of knowledge related to the counseling profession, but I am also challenged to think critically and reflect on my own skills and capabilities as a counselor-in-training. I am excited to attend class every week just to see what I will be learning next. Every existential exercise we’ve performed thus far in Dr. Wood’s counseling theories class has given me a greater understanding of the therapeutic approach in action, as well as a greater understanding of myself; especially Gestalt’s empty chair technique. I am also greatly appreciative of how supportive and encouraging the professors, faculty, staff, and peers are in this program. Despite any obstacles that may arise throughout this journey, it is nice to know that we are all in this together. It is truly incredible for me to be a part of such an outstanding, enjoyable program that will ultimately advance my interests in the mental health career field and help me to develop professionally into a competent, successful counselor. I am looking forward to what is to come and continue this process of self-discovery.
Kaitlin H., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
My name is Winsome Rodney, and I am happy to be in the CMHC program. I love making people laugh, but becoming a comedian was not an option for me, so this was my alternative route! I am a mother to a wonderful 9 year-old whose name is Nyshia. She has inspired me to turn my life around and go back to school. My daughter is my everything. It is just the two of us, and she even helps me when it comes to my schoolwork. For example, she loves asking me what I learned in school on a particular day, and if she doesn't understand the topic,she asks me to explain it to her. Talking to her about what I learned in school helps me to see how much I have learned already in only one year of being in this program. Despite the daily challenge involved in juggling working, being a mother, and trying to find spare time to do homework, I love being in graduate school. What’s making this journey even more interesting and motivational is meeting all of the other students in my class and all of the professors in the department. All of these new and exciting people are so supportive and caring for one another throughout this journey. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me in this program and beyond!
Winsome R., CMHC Graduate Student, 3rd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
"Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears. It is a remedy- a tonic, orange juice for the ears."-Oliver Sacks
My name is Ashley, and when I’m not in class, I work as a music therapist, and I love what I do! It wasn’t always this way though. When I was in high school trying to decide what I would want to go to college for, my mom came home one day and asked me: “Have you ever heard of music therapy?” Well, like most people, I hadn't, so I did some research and fell in love. There is nothing more exciting than relating to people through music and using that music to help them grow, process, grieve and improve. I then chose to get my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to really improve my verbal processing skills which will better allow me to help people who truly need it. I have been encouraged by my clinical mental health counseling professors to incorporate music therapy into some of my student counseling field work with clients. I have been exploring this by using rhythm exercises in our group counseling sessions with children at a local school. The clients have really enjoyed having another outlet to express their feelings. I am planning to continue adding music activities into my counseling sessions. It’s hard to believe that I am in my second year of graduate school now in the CMHC program. The skills I am gaining through this program are helping me to become the best therapist I can be and I'm so glad to be taking this journey!
Ashley A., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort #humansofcmhc #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy #molloycollege
My first year as a CMHC student has come with challenges and discovery. At the beginning of our first semester, both Dr. Wood and Dr. Kestemberg expressed how crucial it was for students to seek out their own therapy. They shared that being in your own therapy allows you to be on the “other side of the chair” as well as work towards finding balance as a graduate student. Believing I was in good health, both mentally and physically, I put it off. However, the more we learned about the importance of self-care and self-knowledge, I recognized I needed to do some of my own work.
Throughout my life, whenever a friend needed me, I was always willing to drop whatever I had going on to help them. On the surface, this seems like a good thing, but there was a problem: I ended up neglecting myself. However, I am beginning to change this pattern. The support and encouragement I received from both my professors and the students in my cohort has truly been invaluable. No matter how defeated I felt, no one ever let me quit or give up on myself. After only one year, the motivation I received from my peers along with the help of my therapist, have improved my quality of life in every way. I believe I have made so much progress and even though I still have work to do, I am beginning to become comfortable finding my own happiness, and being comfortable with it being separate from everyone else’s. It is still hard to believe I am a second-year student in Molloy's CMHC program; to say we have accomplished A LOT in this short period would be an understatement. While painful at times, this experience has solidified, in my mind, how important a role I will one day play in the lives of my clients. I cannot thank Molloy CMHC enough for allowing me the privilege to be a part of this incredible program and am inspired to see where it will take me.
Kathy T., CMHC Graduate Student, 2nd Cohort, #humansofcmhc #molloycollege #molloycmhc #cmhcmolloy