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“The Year of Great Expectations”

In the Fall of 2005, I began my journey as an undergraduate student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to prepare for a career as a criminal lawyer. Then I decided to alter my major from Criminal Justice to Forensic Psychology.

At this time, I was working at Staten Island University Hospital as a Personal Care Aide. I would encounter patients with daily life issues and substance abuse problems. Having a background in Psychology I wanted to understand how substance abuse affects the mind. This motivated me to want to learn more about substance abuse, so I decided to obtain a Certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. As an intern at Daytop Village, in May 2011, I assisted the clients with abstinence skills by using techniques from the Cognitive Behavioral Model. This was a gratifying experience promoting change.

In Fall of 2012, as a graduate student I was introduced to multiple courses that focused on Cognitive Behavioral Theory. I realized that Cognitive Behavioral Model is a powerful tool for promoting change. My goal is to use my educational background, work and personal experience to create a positive therapeutic atmosphere for others. Educating others on the process and benefits of change and become a positive agent in my community is my overall focus. As an agent of change, I am currently preparing for my Ph.D. concentration in Clinical psychology.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” -Maya Angelou