UBC Counselling Psychology M.E.d
What drew you to studying counselling psychology?
I love psychology and I love counselling! Helping people heal or thrive is a great honour, and a passion of mine.
I am from Mexico, where I did my undergrad in psychology and a masters in counselling. I moved to Vancouver in 2019 and wanted to make sure I was well prepared to work in the field here in Canada.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
In Mexico, I worked for 5 years in a university community centre. It was a fulfilling experience because I got to supervise undergrad students practicum and be part of their academic journey and personal growth; I also was able to help vulnerable people by providing low-cost counselling and workshops.
More recently, well, I am about to finish my first year of the MEd in Counselling Psychology at UBC. New program, new university, new country, new language; all of this over zoom during a pandemic. What a mix, eh?
What’s a moment from your time at UBC that you think you’ll be talking about for years?
I think an important moment for me was when I finally met my CNPS 578 classmates in person. The nine of us were very excited about finally get to see and talk to each other. We met on a park on Halloween day 2020. Cold weather but heartwarming.
As you look ahead, what are your career goals?
At this moment, I am exploring different options to work in Vancouver and I am open to opportunities. I am particularly interested in social justice and human rights, and I would enjoy working in a community based setting that serves women or immigrants. I also want to continue studying to keep learning and improving my counselling and research skills.
Who are your therapist heroes? Who inspires you?
To be honest, I am a fan of Freud and I have all his books (lol). This is because in Mexico psychoanalysis is very popular and some of the best instructors I had during my studies in Mexico were either psychoanalysts or psychodynamic oriented therapists. I tried psychoanalysis myself and it was an interesting experience.
I am currently more interested in other counselling theories and interventions, but I think I will always have a sweet spot for Freud and his legacy.
That being said, I think the real heroes and inspiration are the great professors, instructors and classmates I have been so fortunate to share classes and spend time with.