Myprofessional goal is to obtain a Master’s degree in counseling with aspecialization in clinical mental health counseling and become a LicensedProfessional Counselor. I myself am a veteran and would enjoy creating a betterprofessional and private environment for soldiers and veterans who have beenaffected by deployments to help them overcome their personal and socialproblems that have negative influences on their lives. Asan in individual I was always interested in interpersonal relationships and assistingin strengthening peoples mental and physical well-being, some of the mostimpactful moments have been heart-to-heart conversations with people expressingtheir family, emotional and career issues. As a veteran, I have witnessed theshortage of qualified mental health professionals within the military community.I decided to pursue the counseling profession to improve the community that hasbeen beneficialto my intellectual growth, and my educational pathway. I begin myservice in the military at the age of 18, and I was surrounded by countless soldierswho were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
The disorderwas so common that those who suffered from it believed that it was normal, and oftendecided to not seek professional help. Others often did not seek help becausethey were afraid of being labeled as “crazy” or “unstable”. One of the mostcommon issues as to why soldiers did not seek professional help was because theratio of providers to clients throughout the Department of Defense, was utterlydisproportionate.
My personal experiences have put me in the position to truly relateto the conflicts of my clients which will in return increase credibility withmy clients, and should contribute to a solid client-therapist relationship. Witha degree in clinical mental health counseling, I would definitely be able to makea difference in the military community. Manyskills that I possess are vital to the mental health community in terms ofperceptual, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, I am a very diligent personwho is often praised for my observation skills along with my empathy.
It’salways been very important for me to help others overcome their own difficultiesand diminish their burdens through therapy. Happiness and wealth are the keysto living longer and fulfilling lives and they both start from within. Asa psychology professional, I look forward to an extensive career helpingpatients realize their fullest potential, and discover happiness in lifethrough the development of healthy relationships with both family and society. As a full-timeworking mother and wife, the distant learning format of education will opencontinuous doors of opportunities. Participating in your program will test myintellectual and emotional growth and greatly enhance my professional skills inhelping people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives through thedevelopment of positive and sustainable relationships. Nova SoutheasternUniversity quality clinical mental health counseling program is precisely whatI was looking for because it allows me to continue to support my familyfinancially while pursuing an excellent education. I am looking forward to theimmersion in the study of counseling strategies, intervention models, and theearly diagnosis and prevention of problems that NSU provides.