Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 1/13}

Yes, this is a bit cheesy, but it’s been awhile and we need to break the ice.  Please answer the following about yourself: (1) Name?  (2) Where are you doing your internship (how’s it going?)?  (3) What has been your most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic?  (4) What are your thoughts about graduating soon, including being in the middle (end?) of a pandemic?

 

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41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madison
    Jan 06, 2022 @ 14:16:27

    My name is Madison Goodrow. I am enjoying my internship at Spectrum and am surprised how much I enjoy working with the population. My most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic has been working out five days a week. I am very excited to graduate soon! I will admit the idea of not having school is a strange future to think about.

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    • Eileen Kinnane
      Jan 06, 2022 @ 17:50:46

      Hi Madison – I am glad you are enjoying your internship! I am in a similar boat with you in being surprised at how much I enjoy working with the population I am with. I have also been trying to exercise more but I am definitely not keeping it consistent to 5x/week. That’s impressive! I hope you have a successful semester!

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    • Francesca DePergola
      Jan 08, 2022 @ 13:03:02

      Hi Madi! I am very happy to hear that you like your internship and have surprised you a bit; that is always exciting. I agree with you that it is a strange idea to think that we will be done with school soon since we have been in the education system for practically our whole lives!

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    • Althea
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 15:45:23

      Hi Madison, I aspire to workout at least 3 times per week but I’m lazy. That’s a lot of dedication you should be proud. I am so looking forward to not have to think about school or do another paper or write another blog post, so the idea of not having school is exhilarating.

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  2. Eileen Kinnane
    Jan 06, 2022 @ 17:32:46

    Hi Everyone! My name is Eileen Kinnane. I am doing my internship at Hopkins Elementary School in Hopkinton and am really enjoying it. I was a little skeptical at first because I wasn’t sure I was going to like working with younger kids as much as I do. My most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic has been writing letters to my friends and listening to audiobooks. I am very excited to be graduating soon and moving onto a life without finals. I am a little nervous about the job search and the LMHC process but am excited to take the next step in my professional journey.

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    • Allie Supernor
      Jan 08, 2022 @ 08:31:13

      Hey, Eileen! So glad to hear you are enjoying your placement in the school system, I know how eager you were to get started there. I am also nervous about the LMHC process but I try to remind myself to look how far we have come. I was terrified for my first semester of graduate school!

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    • Haley Scola
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 16:38:52

      Hi Eileen,
      I have also always been skeptical about my population but have now learned to love it. It’s funny how things work out like that! Life without finals sounds like music to my ears but I’m also a little nervous about the LMHC process. We have been taught so well though that I think ultimately we will both be fine!

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    • Michelle McClure
      Jan 12, 2022 @ 17:11:00

      Hi Eileen! I have also been enjoying listening to audio books lately. It is something I used to enjoy when I was younger but just stopped doing I guess for years and then I just started again and I wonder why I ever stopped! It is so relaxing and enjoyable to close your eyes and listen to a good book. Its even better when you have a glass of wine and soak your feet in a foot bath…absolute bliss.
      Best,
      Michelle

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  3. Allie Supernor
    Jan 08, 2022 @ 08:29:37

    My name is (1) Allie Supernor. (2) I am doing my internship at the Child and Adolescent Team with Department of Mental Health. I thoroughly enjoy it. When entering this program, I was incredibly hesitant to work with youth. Like my peers above, I am finding myself pleasantly surprised. I like working with 12–17-year-olds the most. I like my placement with DMH but find the system bureaucratic, which can make it feel challenging and unjust at times. However, I am becoming very familiar with the diagnostic criteria and that’s good. (3) My most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic has been spending as much time with my family as possible. I am still taking suggestions for more coping skills during this unprecedented time. (4) The thought about graduating soon is so liberating. Working fulltime and doing this program is something I am most proud of. And yet, I am ready to finish! We are in the home stretch.

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    • Francesca DePergola
      Jan 08, 2022 @ 13:07:22

      Hi Allie, I am glad you are enjoying your internship as well! It is great that you are becoming more acquainted with the diagnostic criteria. As for me, that isn’t a strong suit of mine! I am also happy to hear that you could seek quality time with family and friends through such a difficult time like the pandemic. I am very excited for you and all my peers to graduate soon!

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    • Erin Wilbur
      Jan 10, 2022 @ 17:06:10

      Hi Allie, I can definitely relate to the thought of graduation being liberating. I’ve also continued to work full-time while completing this program, and it’s definitely a feat! We’re almost there!

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  4. Francesca DePergola
    Jan 08, 2022 @ 12:59:36

    Hi, I am Francesca DePergola. My internship is at the Center for Human Development (CHD) in West Springfield, where I live. It is going pretty well, other than the covid outbreak in the office recently, which unfortunately forced us to go remote! I would say my most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic was keeping up with my self-care. I was never the type of person to put myself first and take care of my needs, but I learned that sometimes it is the best thing you can do for yourself and others. I am very excited to be graduating soon and wish the pandemic didn’t exist during the entirety of my graduate education, but I am very grateful for the experience I have had the past two years!

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    • Erin Wilbur
      Jan 10, 2022 @ 17:08:44

      Hi Francesca, I’m interested to hear more about your internship this semester, I haven’t heard of your placement site! It’s also great to hear that you’ve been committing to improving your self-care during the pandemic, it’s something I didn’t focus on much either and have been trying to start doing. We can’t pour from an empty cup, especially in this profession!

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    • Haley Scola
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 16:42:44

      Hi Francesca! Self-care IS so important. It’s good you had a chance to practice it so now you can ‘practice what you preach’. Self-care is one of my favorite/most reliable coping skills I’ve used throughout my life so if you ever need any new tips let me know! I agree with your stance on how the pandemic has impacted out learning. I think it’s important we learn these skills so early on because now I feel as if we’re a bit ahead of the game!

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    • Trey Powers
      Jan 16, 2022 @ 11:41:13

      Hey Francesca!

      I’m sorry to hear about the outbreak at your internship. I’ve noticed it’s a bit difficult having to transition all of my own clients to virtual. Some people just aren’t telehealth material! Hopefully we will all be able to go back to seeing our clients in person again soon. I’m glad that you’re trying to implement more self-care into your routine. I often forget that if I don’t take care of myself properly, it can lead to me not taking the best care of my clients as a result, so it’s great that you’re taking some time for yourself. It seems like Prof. Kennedy’s constant reminders of self-care really stuck with you!

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  5. Tim Keir
    Jan 09, 2022 @ 17:28:24

    Hello all! I’m Tim Keir. For my internship I am both working at the RFK Children’s Action Corps residential program, as well as observing and assisting at the Perkins Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic. It’s going alright in my opinion. It feels like everyone is fighting to stay afloat, both clients and staff, but we’ve all managed so far! I’ve been fortunate to be going through this pandemic with my two roommates who have largely kept me sane through every turn. I’ve played it extremely safe throughout the pandemic, so I’m just looking forward to going to a concert again! I’ll also be happy to return to only 40 hours a week working. It hasn’t really crept in yet that graduation is on the horizon. I think once I pass the oral exam I’ll truly begin to feel more confident about it happening! One more semester, we got this!

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    • Eileen Kinnane
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 10:59:02

      Hi Tim! I agree with your feelings of people fighting to stay afloat. At my internship, I sometimes feel I need to step up and help the people who have more responsibilities than I do. I’ve been working hard at keeping professional boundaries and sticking to my tasks and expectations as an intern. I definitely feel that graduating will start to become more real after the oral exam. For me, the oral exam has felt like the “almighty” accomplishment that I’ve been working towards for so long, and it doesn’t feel real that it’s so close now. I hope you have a great semester! And I’m with you in the dreaded wait to get back safely to some live music.

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    • Zoe DiPinto
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 11:02:37

      Hi Tim! I am amazed that you are working more than 40hrs a week. It shows true dedication– you deserve a concert soon!! I get what you mean about both clients and staff fighting to stay afloat at the moment. I truly believe we are living through a mental health crisis along with a global pandemic. It can sometimes feel overwhelming to feel the weight of importance of our work at the moment. I’ve been reframing that worry as “at least the demand for clinicians is high and we’ll find jobs!” But in all seriousness, it’s so valuable to be a clinician who knows their limits to prevent burn out. We are better workers, role models, therapists, and people if we know when to stop pushing ourselves. Goodluck on your oral exam!

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    • Renee Gaumond
      Jan 18, 2022 @ 12:35:31

      Hi Tim,
      I relate to you on the thought that once the Oram Exam is over with, then it’ll seem like graduation is on the horizon. The exam is such a major milestone in this program, that once it’s over, then we can focus on what comes after. I assume that this might be the case when we’re up for licensure as well. A lot of effort will go into studying for it and you can’t see the end of the hill until you make it over the peak.

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  6. Erin Wilbur
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 17:04:26

    Hi everyone! My name is Erin Wilbur, I’m doing my internship at Harrington Hospital’s Co-Occurring Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program. It’s going well, and has definitely helped with my anxiety surrounding public speaking, as I’m running a lot of groups. I think my most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic has been allowing myself time to relax and do “nothing” – I don’t always need to be productive! I’m feeling excited about graduating soon, as continuing to work full-time during the program has been exhausting. I think passing my oral exam will make it more real, so we’ll see!

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    • Zoe DiPinto
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 11:14:16

      Hey Erin! That sounds like a very interesting and challenging placement. I haven’t had the pleasure of running a group yet, but I can sympathize with the anxiety you must feel. I wonder what you like/don’t like about working in a hospital setting. I’ve been working in a trauma agency which I assume is very different! I’m starting to wonder about what settings will be the most interesting to work in after graduation. And yes you are right! I’ve also been trying to reframe relaxing as a way to be productive so I can be a balanced worker and student. It’s hard to know when to stop when we are this busy. Goodluck on the oral exam!

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  7. Zoe
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 10:54:34

    Hey everyone! I’m Zoe DiPinto (She/her) and I’m doing my internship at LUK crisis center. I’ve been working in standard outpatient therapy for mostly adolescents and adults with trauma. Still feeling the stress of imposter syndrome, but gaining confidence!
    I have a few coping skills that have been keeping me sane which are mostly dancing, yoga, reading, and writing. However, I’ve been finding that the most valuable coping skill lately is being mindful of the present moment without wishing years of my life away. I believe the pandemic was making me want to hit the “fastforward” button on life, but I’ve been challenging myself to slow down and soak up good moments instead.
    Feeling proud to be graduating in May despite the pandemic! I’m also feeling a bit nervous about finding a job that I enjoy that will pay me a livable wage without an LMHC license for the first two years. I’m sure others can relate to the financial sacrifice of getting the Master’s degree with the internship. I assure you, I’m not in it for the money, but so far it’s been difficult finding job prospects that will pay an unlicensed clinician a salary to cover expenses, and I wonder if COVID has an impact on that. Looking forward to learning more about how the licensing and employment world works!

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  8. Zoe DiPinto
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 11:04:30

    Hey everyone! I’m Zoe DiPinto (She/her) and I’m doing my internship at LUK crisis center. I’ve been working in standard outpatient therapy for mostly adolescents and adults with trauma. Still feeling the stress of imposter syndrome, but gaining confidence!
    I have a few coping skills that have been keeping me sane which are mostly dancing, yoga, reading, and writing. However, I’ve been finding that the most valuable coping skill lately is being mindful of the present moment without wishing years of my life away. I believe the pandemic was making me want to hit the “fastforward” button on life, but I’ve been challenging myself to slow down and soak up good moments instead.
    Feeling proud to be graduating in May despite the pandemic! I’m also feeling a bit nervous about finding a job that I enjoy that will pay me a livable wage without an LMHC license for the first two years. I’m sure others can relate to the financial sacrifice of getting the Master’s degree with the internship. I assure you, I’m not in it for the money, but so far it’s been difficult finding job prospects that will pay an unlicensed clinician a decent salary, and I wonder if COVID has an impact on that. Looking forward to learning more about how the licensing and employment world works.

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    • Althea
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 15:39:18

      Hey Zoe, I had to respond to your post because when I saw “Still feeling the stress of imposter syndrome” it made me laugh out loud at my internship. God knows I feel that way sometimes but I find it easier working with younger kids, they don’t realize or judge me when I mess up or repeat myself hahahaha. I like that you dance I’m going to be trying to do more exercise this year. Covid fast-forward button count me in because I have had enough and would love to go traveling without restrictions or worry because the beauty of working at a school is that I get vacation days sometimes a whole week. I am also hoping to find a job in a school because that’s my happy place but will I be able to find one without a license that’s the questions. I’m also looking forward to graduating too.

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  9. Althea
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 13:26:33

    Hi one and all, my name is Althea Hermitt-McPherson. I have been doing my internship at Glenwood Elementary School in Rutland, MA. My internship is going great this easily was my best decision ever. I like the schedule 8:45am -3:45pm and I love working with the 5-10 age range. My supervisor and the school adjustment counselor I get to work with are so helpful and nurturing. I can safely say I’m living my best life. The most adaptive coping skills I have been drawn to during the pandemic is music, spirituality and faith. I am very excited about graduating soon I can remember when I just started I was very apprehensive because I hadn’t been in school for over 10 years and haven’t been to school in the United States but now that it’s almost over I’m confident, grateful and relieved. I’m super excited to work in a school after graduation. I really don’t want to hear the word Pandemic, Covid 19, Omicron, Delta, Flurona, Delmicron anymore its killing my vibes.

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    • Selene Anaya
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 17:46:06

      Hey Althea! The school schedule is the best and that is one thing I have learned throughout internship is the beauty of school-based outpatient therapy which is something I am super interested in now! The 5-10 age range was something I really thought I would like, but they are actually super challenging (or is it the parents…). But I’m glad you found your population and that you have a helpful community. That has definitely helped me throughout my internship as well. Music is such a great coping skill, in fact, my Spotify said I listened to 112,000 minutes of music last year, oops. I love to hear that you are confident after this program and I am very excited for you. Hopefully, this pandemonium will be over soon…such a vibe killer.

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  10. Haley Scola
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 16:36:02

    Hi! My name is Haley. I’m completing my internship at Spectrum Health Systems. I always thought addiction would never be a population of interest but, now I see a long term career. The working environment is one I’ve never experienced–everyone is open and happy to help one another. Questions and feedback are always welcomed which I also think is so important. I feel super lucky to be completing my internship here.
    My most adaptive coping skill during this pandemic is HIIT workouts in my little at home gym I made, yoga, and decorating.
    I am so excited to graduate. I feel confident in my knowledge and abilities now that I’ve put them to practice over the past two semesters. On one hand I feel ready to be done with school but, on the other hand being a student has been a huge part of my identity for basically my entire life.

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    • Selene Anaya
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 17:40:42

      Hey Haley! I am so excited for you that you see a long-term career with this population!!! That is awesome!!! I can’t wait to have that feeling. It’s also super cool that you made a little home gym. I’ll definitely need to get some recommendations for that sometime. I feel the identity thing about being a student. Although, before my agency closed for winter break, I had a taste of going to work and coming home to no homework or any extra work and that was so nice. I know we will always be learning and doing research and stuff throughout our career so that has helped me prepare a lot along with reminding myself of how much time I’ll have to actually relax, cook, and do other random things after a work day!

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    • Brigitte Manseau
      Jan 15, 2022 @ 21:51:07

      Hi, Haley! That’s awesome you enjoy working with a population you hadn’t previously considered working with! The environment sounds perfect for an internship because they are open to feedback and questions. I just started working out and I have found it really helps my own mental health. That’s really cool you have created your own gym so you are able to continue working out through the pandemic. I feel like once I graduate I might have a mini identity crisis because being a student has been a major part of my identity too!

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  11. Selene Anaya
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 17:35:28

    Hello! My name is Selene Anaya and I am an intern at Family Continuity in Worcester. I also do school-based outpatient therapy at Douglas Elementary School. I would say it’s going well! I’m learning so much outside of what we have already learned in the program and I am very lucky to have a supportive community in the office. I still feel a bit lost sometimes and find myself battling that imposter syndrome, but I know I have the support at my agency and my internship class which has been super helpful. I am also learning a lot about the populations I actually want to work with versus what I initially thought. I would say my most adaptive coping skill during the pandemic has been simply reminding myself to SLOW DOWN. I have gotten so used to waiting for this pandemic to be over that I have lost sight of taking things one day at a time. I have lived here for almost 2 years this upcoming August, so I have been giving myself some time on the weekends to get away and explore all that New England has to offer. It’s so beautiful here (coming from the midwest cornfields, it’s amazing). As for graduating soon, I’m terrified about the oral exam, but once that is over I think I’m ready to be done with school work. I have learned so much actually doing this therapy thing and I know I still have so much to learn. Not to mention, I am SO ready to get paid for this. I am really looking forward to this class and learning all about “what next?”.

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    • Michelle McClure
      Jan 12, 2022 @ 17:20:10

      Hi Selene! I remember when I started out working in this field many years ago with just a bachelors degree in Psychology and working with children and families thinking “its just a matter of time and they will realize I don’t belong here”. But I did belong there and I do belong here on my way to my masters in clinical counseling. The imposter syndrome is a thing, but with time your confidence in yourself and your abilities will naturally grow. Having a great professional support system also really helps. My professional support system was so great, that a few of them became close friends.
      New England is very beautiful and I am glad you are finding the positives and enjoying the Now.
      Oh and I am also completely terrified of the oral exam too! Dr. V. confident boost talk in the oral exam course helped but still nerve racking.
      Best,
      Michelle

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    • Tim Keir
      Jan 12, 2022 @ 21:28:22

      Hey Selene! Glad to hear we have another convert to the joys of New England life. Sorry about the cold though. You know I was just listening to a broadcast of a researcher who specialized in the impostor syndrome, and he himself was talking about how weird it felt when people called him an expert. It is truly inescapable! There is some relief in that though, since we’re not alone in feeling like we’re winging it. Anyhow I’m right there with you, the end is in sight, and it feels wild that we’re approaching the end. Time to get paid what we’re worth for our knowledge and skills! The terror of the oral exam will be the drive we need to do it right!

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    • Trey Powers
      Jan 16, 2022 @ 11:35:47

      Hi Selene!

      Long time no see! I’m glad to hear that things have been going well for you, both at your internship and with settling into life in New England. I’ll be interested to maybe hear about some of your experiences doing school-based work. I work in the school-based and outpatient division at my internship, but I’m only doing outpatient, so it would be nice to get your perspective on what it’s like working in a school setting versus in an outpatient setting. I think it’s a great idea that you’ve been trying to slow down recently during the pandemic. With so many things transitioned to online/virtual, it seems like there’s an expectation that things will get done faster just because of the speed that we associate with technology and the internet. I’m glad you’re trying to fight back against the pressure to speed things along.

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  12. Michelle McClure
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 17:07:20

    Hi Everyone! My name is Michelle McClure. I am doing my internship as an outpatient clinician at Community Health Link in Leominster, Ma. I absolutely Love my internship, my supervisor Kate is super helpful and fun to work with and I have a great client caseload of children between the ages of 6 and 16, mostly females but a few males too.
    My adaptive coping skill is probably focusing on school and studying to be honest. I also take some free time reading books for pleasure and learning new crafty type things, my most recent experiment is making homemade body butter using my rather extensive collection of essential oils added to the other ingredients. Using essential oils to distress is also a pretty good coping skill and more effective than you would think. I try to look at the positive side, hard as it is to see one I hate covid, of the pandemic as having more time at home then I would usually, more time with my family and appreciating the time saved by not having long commutes. I also really don’t like the cold and my car hates the snow so being at home warm during the coldest month is kinda a win for me.
    I am very excited and proud of myself that I will be graduating soon. I feel good about the knowledge I have gained over the time I have been in this masters program and the resources I have been given. I do love to learn and so I am a little sad as well as I really enjoy my classes but I am very happy to get some more free time back for myself and my family. I am also definitely looking forward to starting my career as a mental health counselor. It has been an amazing journey!

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    • Tim Keir
      Jan 12, 2022 @ 21:36:49

      Hey Michelle! I’m happy to hear your internship is going so well. I hope you and your clients continue to grow. It sounds like you have quite the impressive skills to make your own body butter. It is cool that Covid has given us time to practice new skills like that, but I certainly would appreciate it no longer being around either. It’s good to look at the bright sides of things though and appreciate the ways life remains tolerable. Speaking of, I agree that it has been enjoyable learning over the years, but I too am excited to see the end approaching. We’re almost at the end of the long and winding road, and we’ve truly earned the opportunity to start our careers! Let’s finish strong!

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    • Allie Supernor
      Jan 13, 2022 @ 19:23:14

      Hey, Michelle! I am so glad to hear that you are almost through the program. I believe you and I started the program at the same time- back when we met in person! We have come so far. I am excited to see where the roles take us. We will all have to keep in touch post-graduation.

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    • Renee Gaumond
      Jan 18, 2022 @ 12:43:18

      Hi Michelle,
      I love that you mentioned taking time for your self by reading books for pleasure. I used to do this, but I’ve fallen out of it because I get intrusive thoughts telling me that I should be reading something for class instead. Reading for pleasure is such a valuable leisure skill, in my opinion. Fiction books can really help open the mind to new ideas and explore your own creativity. I also find it interesting that you make your own body butters. I assume the process is quite enjoyable and you get to smell all the nice things while making it. Then when you’re done, you get the satisfaction of making something as well as a product that you can use.

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  13. Trey Powers
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 17:31:58

    Hi everyone. My name is Trey Powers. I’m currently interning at the Lipton Center with Community Healthlink in Leominster. Things have been going well there lately, although with the spike in COVID cases we have been told that we need to be virtual through at least the end of January, which has been slightly problematic for some of my clients. I would say that my most adaptive coping skill throughout this time has been throwing myself into my work. The days that I have nothing to do often drag on and feel empty, but when I’m working with clients I find time passes more quickly and I feel more fulfilled by the end of the day. I’m very much looking forward to graduating soon, especially considering that I have been offered a job at the Lipton Center as soon as I am finished at Assumption. It will be nice to be able to spend more time practicing, continue working with all of my clients, and also get paid for it!

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    • Brigitte Manseau
      Jan 15, 2022 @ 22:03:56

      Hey, Trey! Congratulations on being offered a job at your internship!! That is super exciting they want you to be a part of their team long-term. It must be frustrating having virtual sessions with clients that struggle with telehealth. I have mixed feelings regarding virtual counseling sessions. I’ve found that it’s somewhat difficult doing therapy via telehealth although my experience has primarily consisted of working with young kiddos (ages 7-9). I’m happy to hear that working with clients has helped you get through part of the pandemic! It sounds like you’re thriving in the field.

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  14. Brigitte Manseau
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 22:23:24

    Hi, y’all! My name is Brigitte which is pronounced bree-ZHEET. Most people call me B though! I am an intern at Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services. I provide outpatient therapy at Grafton High School and Middle School. I have several clinic clients although my caseload mostly consists of school-based clients. I was skeptical about working with children. Through the internship, I have learned that I really enjoy working with kiddos and adolescents. My most adaptive coping skills include journaling, listening to music, and practicing tarot. I am very excited to graduate and see what life after grad school has to offer! I am nervous about the oral exam, so once that is out of the way I feel like I’ll be ready to graduate. In terms of employment after graduation, I would like to work with LGBTQAI+ youth and young adults. I’m nervous it’ll be tough to find a job/agency that primarily works with that population.

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  15. Renee Gaumond
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 12:29:32

    (1) Renee Gaumond
    (2) Genesis Counseling. It’s going well, so far. I’m learning a lot. The focus is substance use, though I wish I could get a wider range of clients.
    (3) My most adaptive coping skill for the pandemic has been wearing my mask. There has been many cases of exposures at my work and my mask has protected me from becoming positive. It also helps me feel a little safer when I wear it.
    (4) My thoughts on graduating soon is bitter sweet. I’ve been working hard to be where I am and it’ll be nice to have my efforts pay off. It will also be a weight off my shoulders when it comes to extra work and payments. I’ll also miss school because I enjoy the social aspect of being around like-minded people. I’m also worried about what it means for me to graduate in the pandemic. I think there’s a lot of things I have to learn before being able to shake off the imposter syndrome

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