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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.

Let’s Talk About Termination Anxiety

“But it’s only February!” you say? Well, that’s exactly right. It is only February and I have already had a bad test run with my termination skills. During our weekly individual session, one of my clients was processing a number … Continue reading

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Two birds, one stone, as they say

Whether or not this post is being written by an author who has been awake for almost 24 hours is irrelevant. Today at internship was hilarious and almost unbearably weird… for more reasons than this writer can count. The fact … Continue reading

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What to do with a double major in Psychology and Spanish:

When I went “away” to college in CowTown, USA, studying was my least favorite pastime as a freshman. Having moved from NYC to a village that had its very own alfalfa plant sending a less-than-stellar aroma into the environment, I … Continue reading

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The Truth About Capstone

It’s not so bad! Today I submitted 10 annotations for my annotated bibliography. I could possibly be called “Queen of Procrastination” but even for someone like me, this whole Capstone business is manageable. It is stressful, yes, but the syllabus … Continue reading

About Those Boundaries

“It was beautiful, Val!!!!” said my client as she threw her arms around me for the hugest hug I have ever received from a non-family member or close friend. My client was recounting her 1 Year of Sobriety presentation at … Continue reading

Tonight I was going to blog about the instant connection I had with a client on the kids’ crisis unit last night at work. I was afforded a unique opportunity to connect with her through the sole fact that I … Continue reading

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Finding the Re-Frame

It has been a tremendous first week. I know exhaustion has started to hit when “dumb” things start happening. For example, I stopped at the gas station right after the grocery store a yesterday evening… And then drove home 40 … Continue reading

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The Documentation Blues and a little goal-setting to start the semester off right

It’s no surprise that human beings don’t love paper work. It can be monotonous and an altogether sleepy task. I did a wise thing before break: I made sure not to schedule a single client on my first day back to internship. … Continue reading

Facing the Facts

Tonight my mom asked me, “So just how much do you really know about what happened in Connecticut?” I admitted to her that really I didn’t know too many details because I kind of tried not to find out. After … Continue reading

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Survival Mode: A Strengths-Based Approach

Most folks probably have an idea of how a strengths-based model works: Rather than focus on the problem or what’s “wrong” with the picture, you start with identifying what does work, or the sources of strength. Not only can this … Continue reading

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