Hello and welcome to my blog! I have my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a certificate in Addictions Counseling, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. I’m currently a counselor on a college campus. I absolutely love being a counselor, and although I stare at a lot of pain and difficult situations in the face on a daily basis, I love getting to play a part in someone fighting towards health and happiness in their life. I think the journey is beautiful.
Although I deal with a wide range of issues every day, here are some of my favorite topics to discuss: healthy boundaries, wellness, anxiety, depression, negative thinking/self-talk, perfectionism, and self-esteem. In my blog, I discuss the topics I see many of my clients struggle with, give practical advice you can easily implement into your life, share the occasional recipe, and discuss my own wellness journey!
Some of the other interests I have include traveling (you can see pictures on my blog from my January trip to Ecuador), public speaking, spending time with friends, coffee, dance, and working on my own levels of health and wellness.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What's the reason behind your choice of anonymity in this blog?
I completely understand that sometimes people feel uncomfortable not seeing a picture, location, or other personal information about the writer of the blog, and as a blog reader, I like to have some pictures to put with the words that are written. However, due to my profession, I have chosen to not include my name, location, or workplace on this blog. With counseling, there needs to be a clear boundary line between counselor and client, and when the client has too much personal information, this boundary line isn't upheld. It can also be potentially quite unsafe for clients to have personal information. If you have further questions on my decision, you can check out this link.
Will you ever share personal information about a client as a means of teaching others or passing along information?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! This would be a major violation of confidentiality, and would be incredibly inappropriate. I tend to use the generic phrases of "a client" or "clients", and this usually speaks of people in general, either friends, family, clients, or colleagues who have posed various questions. I will never divulge specific client information.
Disclaimer: I am not a certified professional in fitness or nutrition. What I share on this blog is based off my own personal knowledge, experience, and opinions. Please consult a professional if seeking exercise or diet advice. While this blog does discuss aspects of mental health and wellness, this blog is not meant to take the place of therapy or professional psychological or counseling services. Please contact a mental health professional if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or another person, are unable to care for yourself or those you are responsible for, are abusing substances, or feeling as though you need help or support in your life. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or having a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.