There are many careers open to those who want to use their talents to help others. Those with a degree in Psychology can pursue training to become a clinical psychologist and work with those who need mental health assistance. Clinical Psychologist Stacey Glaesmann talks about how her education has helped her to open her own private practice.
What degree program did you study?
“I have an Associate Degree in English from Blinn Jr. College (1991), a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from UH Central (1993) and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from UH-Clear Lake (2002).”
What does your current job entail?
“I have a private practice in Pearland, TX. I use different theories and modalities to work with adult individuals and couples. My specialty is postpartum mood disorders, but I see people for general personal growth, stress management, depression, anxiety, couples therapy, pre-marital therapy and drug/alcohol problems. I establish a rapport with my clients, which is ESSENTIAL for their growth.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“Yes. It is a requirement to maintain a professional license, but it is also enjoyable because I pick topics that interest me. I have gone about as far as I can on the subject of postpartum mood disorders and have enjoyed continuing education on topics such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), treating personality disorders, the Rational Recovery approach to drug and alcohol recovery and mindfulness for the therapist and client.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“If someone already has an undergraduate degree and is applying to grad school, volunteering can help boost your chances. Make sure you have the personality for this kind of work. Many skills can be learned, but you need to be an empathetic, open-minded, non-judgmental person before you can add other skills to that. If you hate listening to people or you think folks are just complainers, then this job is not for you. You also have to take care of yourself emotionally much more than many employees in other fields do. If you’re not already practicing self-care, start now.”
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