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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!


I would say the two main reasons I decided to attend MSPP were because of its sense of community and field placement opportunities for first and second year students in my program.  From the first time I visited MSPP I … Continue reading

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Today I attended my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.  As part of our Substance Abuse and Treatment class we were ask to attend a meeting and write a paper about our experience.  Substance abuse is overwhelmingly prevalent in our society and … Continue reading

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My First Weekend-in-Residence

I survived my first weekend-in-residence for my Adult Psychopathology blended class.  I must say, I was a little anxious going in- okay I was dreading it- as the sheer thought of two days back to back in class from 8:30-5:30 … Continue reading

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Call Me Tricia

Today in my Psych Appraisal and Assessment class I assumed the role of Tricia, a 14 year-old girl plagued with a troubling family life.  The topic of this week’s class was doing assessments with families and couples, and after going … Continue reading

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Kicking Off the Second Semester

After an incredibly restful and relaxing break, I feel refreshed and ready to take this coming semester by storm.  After one week back I already feel in the swing of things and I’m looking forward to getting settled into my … Continue reading

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One Semester Down!

I have officially completed my first semester of graduate school and I am one night away from starting my second….time certainly does fly!  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in Fundamentals Week, doing ice breakers … Continue reading

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