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About abrigovmspp

Hi! My name is Valerie. I am in my 2nd year of the MA Counseling program at MSPP. I am also a student in the Latino Mental Health Program. I am originally from the New York City area and I transplanted to MA to study for my Masters. I look forward to writing and sharing my adventures throughout the semester.

Empowerment Through Education

As I mentioned in my last post, at the maternity hospital in Guayaquil, part of the rotation assignment includes delivering HIV/AIDS-related “charlas” or “talks” to pregnant women. Even on Day 2 this task feels somewhat overwhelming when looking at the … Continue reading

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Educating the Educators and Beyond

This week in Guayaquil, Ecuador has been a unique experience. At Fundación VIHDA, we were  trained in HIV education and prevention. While I have participated in HIV training in the past, these services have been designed to meet the specific … Continue reading

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Job Hunting!

Now that I know I passed my Capstone course (Woo-hoo!!!), Graduation is pretty much a sure thing. But just as soon as the cortisol levels started to come back down to Earth, here I go spiking them back up again. … Continue reading

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It’s the Little Things…

… Like peeling grapefruits. Tonight I stood calmly in my kitchen for the first time in a while appreciating that I could do a reasonably simple task without feeling rushed. Of course peeling grapefruits takes a bit of skill, but … Continue reading

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Processing Away as the End Comes Near

Yesterday I gave my Capstone presentation to my (thankfully) very small class and with just a few hiccups and 45 minutes of remembering to take in oxygen, it’s over!! While there still remain 2 very important assignments before I can … Continue reading

Excited-Tired

Is that a real thing? I’m not sure! But it sure feels like a real thing when I’ve been awake so late that now the birds are keeping my eyes open… No, I’m not doing a good job of self-care … Continue reading

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Finding Encouragement

Since the start of my academic career at MSPP, the support and encouragement from faculty has never faltered. Whenever there is confusion with an assignment ,or students are just feeling overwhelmed and need some time to debrief, the professors have always … Continue reading

Less Termination Anxiety

At the end of last month, I wrote about how one of my clients walked out of our session declaring he would not be returning. I’ve seen him twice since then. During the last session we met, we ended on … Continue reading

Pressing On

Every transition is anxiety-provoking. This latest one of transition from the awkward space of young adult to “Hello, you’re in the real world now!” is pretty intense. On one hand there is pressure to get it all right now. I’ve … Continue reading

Future Planning

Planning for me can become problematic because life just keeps moving right along without me, whether I am part of the action or not. My fear is that one of these days I am going to be so busy creating … Continue reading

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