I am very excited to announced that I am a new contributing expert over at The ALOHA Way magazine! And I am in some pretty good company. Check out those other contributing experts above…and those are just some of their expert team! My first article for The AHOLA Way is on 5 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn from a Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology, but before we get to that I want to tell you about ALOHA because I think they are just fantastic.
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The company is the embodiment of holistic wellness. In addition to creating high quality food products, their magazine promotes wellness in every sense of the word by covering a wide range of topics from nutrition to exercise to meditation to relationships to the environment, and so much more. So, here is an excerpt from my first contribution to their beautiful message of holistic wellness:
In a counseling psychology graduate program, student-therapists garner a wealth of knowledge regarding psychological theory, human development, relationships, mental illness, assessment, trauma, coping strategies, ethics, counseling, and human behavior, among many other psychology related topics.
When I enrolled in graduate school to become a psychotherapist, I knew that I would graduate from my program with the tools and knowledge to be a skilled and effective therapist. But I completed my program with so much more than that.
In becoming a therapist, I learned many invaluable life lessons. I learned why humans behave the ways we do. I learned what it means to be “triggered.” I learned why we develop maladaptive behavior patterns. I learned how to be an astute listener. I learned how to hear the emotions behind people’s words. I learned how to be supportive. I learned how to truly be non-judgmental. And I learned the gift of empathy.
And with these lessons, not only did I complete my graduate program as an effective therapist, I also completed my program as a kinder, more empathic person. And that may have been the best lesson of all…