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About agareaumspp

Hi! My name is Ashley Gareau and I am a first year student in the Master’s in Counseling Psychology program at MSPP. I graduated from Lafayette College in May of 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology and moved to the Boston area shortly thereafter. Following my undergrad years I assumed a position at Children’s Hospital Boston working as an Administrative Assistant for one of the physicians. While working at Children’s I spent a lot of time volunteering with patients on the organ transplant unit and discovered a passion for health psychology. Alas, I decided to attend graduate school for counseling and I have hopes of applying to Psy.D programs when I am done with my master’s. When I’m not studying or doing work (which is rare these days!) I can be found doing yoga, knitting, playing with my dog, or spending time with my family and friends. Also, I absolutely love the outdoors and try to ski, hike, and bike as much as I can! Welcome to my blog and I look forward to sharing my journey through graduate school with you all!

NOLA 2012

Hello Everyone!  Sorry that I have been out of the loop for a little bit, but I just got back this past weekend from my trip to New Orleans.  As I previously have written about, I was one of eleven … Continue reading

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Building Self-Esteem Through Expressive Therapies

When was the last time that you took five or ten minutes out of your busy day to check in with yourself to see how you were feeling?  With everything that we all have going on these days, it is … Continue reading

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And My Internship Search is Over!

Two months and four interviews later, I have finally secured an internship for next year!  I will be interning in the pediatric behavioral medicine department at the Dimock Center in Roxbury and I couldn’t be more excited!  I’m going to … Continue reading

Posted in Counseling Psychology

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Last Friday for my substance abuse class, my group and I gave our presentation on family issues relating to substance abuse.  I must say, I think this was one of the best group presentations I have given so far in … Continue reading

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My Very First Session as a Therapist

Today I met with my very first client and conducted my first therapy session as an independent clinician.  Just as a reminder, I started up my practicum placement in mid-January as my first placement didn’t end up working out.  So, … Continue reading

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Spring is in the Air!

It is absolutely beautiful here in Boston!  68 degrees and sunny- who could complain!  Two days of sixty-degree weather and I feel like a new person.  It is amazing how much the weather can affect one’s mood.  After a couple … Continue reading

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First Blended Course: Complete

As of last night at 11:15pm I officially finished my Adult Psychopathology blended course.  I think I have mentioned this class before, but just as a reminder blended courses are primarily online with the exception of one “weekend-in-residence” where we … Continue reading

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C.A.R.E.

This April I will be going on a service trip to New Orleans as part of MSPP’s C.A.R.E. (communities assisting relief efforts) team.  Earlier this fall I attended an information session about C.A.R.E. and after learning more about opportunities to … Continue reading

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Busy Bee

Now that I am over a month into my second semester, I have fully settled into the swing of things and I am finding myself quite busy these days.  I thought I would give all you prospective students out there … Continue reading

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My Journey to MSPP

In my last post I wrote about some of the reasons why I chose to attend MSPP.  I thought it might also be helpful to share my journey before deciding to apply to counseling programs, as I can recall the … Continue reading

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