Author Archives: Ashley

About Ashley

I'm a 2nd year Counseling Psychology student, currently on track to graduate in June! My internship site is the F. L. Chamberlain School in Middleboro, MA. Last year I worked at Seven Hills Behavioral Health in New Bedford. I also work in the Arbour Health System at Pembroke Hospital on an acute psych inpatient unit. Got any questions? Let me know!

10 Tips for Writing Capstone (and Surviving!)

So here it is: Ashley’s guide to writing your Capstone and surviving. If you’re a Master’s student, you’ve heard this term (“Capstone”) since you started. It’s the terrifying “thesis” project you have due at the end of your Master’s career. … Continue reading

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A Million Tomorrows

Why do bad things happen all at once? If you’ve never thought about it, it’s absolutely true. For instance, this crazy blizzard that we’re just getting over completely screwed me over in so many different ways. Not only did I … Continue reading

My [Short] Journey to MSPP

You could say that I was born to be in the Psychology field, but that I didn’t realize it until it slapped me in the face right before I started undergrad. Before a very specific moment in time, my goal was … Continue reading

Lets Talk About Self Care

Self-care is hard to come by in my life, as I imagine it is for most of the people reading this. When I’m not in class or at internship, I’m at my job at Pembroke Hospital. 90% of my week … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

One of the things I think MSPP doesn’t do enough is tell their students how hard goodbyes are. There is no feeling quite like saying goodbye to a client, after forming a firm, positive relationship with them. This is especially … Continue reading

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The Next Step

A new year, a new set of goals. Two years ago I graduated from Endicott with my Bachelors degree, and this June I graduate MSPP with my Master’s. It’s experiences like this that are particularly exciting, mostly because a whole … Continue reading

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The Last Day

Happy Apocalypse, readers! Or for you non-believers, happy last-day-of-internship! If you’re a geek like me, you know that the above picture references The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. For all you other people, it’s just a creepy picture of a … Continue reading

Taking A Stand

Today was a historic day for me as a counselor-in-training. “Why, Ashley?” You may be asking. I’ll tell you. It begins with a story, starting a week ago (last Friday). I run a group at my internship site called “Meeting … Continue reading

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DSM-V and the Future

Today the DSM-V was confirmed by the APA’s Board of Trustees. This means that, finally, the new edition of the DSM will be published and used by professionals. Especially exciting is the number of changes made to diagnoses or criteria, … Continue reading

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This Topsy-Turvey World

Today I was driving home from the gym and I saw the strangest thing: someone had Christmas lights strung across the inside of their SUV. The inside! If I wouldn’t have gotten into an accident, I would have done a … Continue reading