Misha N. Granado, MPH, MS, is the founder and principal consultant of Love Grows: The Relationship Consultants. Her bachelors in Psychology, master’s in Community Psychology and a master’s in Public Health (emphasis Behavioral Health) have helped her to grow professionally.
What is your current position?
“I am the founder and principal consultant for Love Grows: The Relationship Consultants, a boutique firm specializing in healthy relationships. In this position, I conduct individual and couple counseling sessions, facilitate relationship workshops and give lectures about healthy relationships and love. Additionally, I write editorials about relationships and recently published my debut book, B.L.O.O.M. Becoming Love to Overcome Obstacles in Me, An Inspirational Journal for Women on a Journey to Self Discovery and Love.”
Did your education prepare you?
“Yes, my academic career was very rigorous and included internships, rotations, comprehensive exams and writing and defending a thesis. I also sought out additional experiences to supplement my classroom training such as teaching at a university and international travel to obtain first-hand knowledge about family structure, culture and norms.”
Do you have advice for others interested in psychology?
“Seek opportunities outside of the classroom, travel abroad and collaborate with professionals at other institutions or other departments. Obtain a mentor, identify professionals who are doing what you desire, research their work and schedule an appointment to meet or chat with him/her. Go to the meeting with specific questions and the reasons why you would like to him/her to become your mentor.”
“Join professional organizations and get active. Remain current. Subscribe to magazines, journals, attend conferences , etc. to stay abreast of the field. These are also great places to network with other professionals and individuals in academia; these are individuals who are affiliated with graduate schools and potential career opportunities. Become the best, if you have a fear of public speaking, take a class. If you are not proficient in a particular area, seek a tutor. If you are nervous about interviewing (graduate school or a job), practice with your mentor or others. Do everything you can to become excellent not only as a professional but as a person.”
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