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Let's talk about SELF, baby; let's talk about you and me; let's talk about all the good things and the bad things...

Posted on April 27,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

This semester, I took my first-ever course on psychodynamic theory (Professor Weiner - what what), and it was the jam. I think I have always naturally gravitated toward a more psychodynamic outlook; this class, however, maximized my understanding of such theory, particularly adding more structure and dimension to my understanding of the relationship between early-attachment experiences and self.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth

SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD!!!

Posted on April 21,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Neil Diamond at Fenway. xoxo.

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In Boston, It Ain't Easy Gettin' Somewhere, but We Always Get There in the End

Posted on April 18,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

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Tagged Personal Growth, Around Boston

Baby Got BARCC!... 2013 BARCC Walk for Change!

Posted on April 08,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

With my best peeps at the BARCC walk. :)

Boston is a big-time "walk" city. You'll be moseying down the street - minding your bidness - and all of a sudden, you'll find yourself walking in a "walk" - I've accidentally supported all sorts of causes.

And yesterday Boston hosted two major walks: the MS walk, which one of my roommates attended, and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Walk for Change. Although I was bummed that I wouldn't be able to support my roomie in the MS walk, I attended, as a BARCC volunteer, the Walk for Change and had an amazing time!

This year's walk was particularly exciting for me as I was accompanied by my partner and some of my closest friends. Also, many people from my MSPP practicum site attended as "Team Wheelock," including the director of the counseling center and my fellow intern Emily. And of course, I ran into many of my fellow BARCC workers.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, although it was a little cold. (Honestly, given my adrenaline rush and hyper-stimulation, I didn't even realize how cold it was until I reached to grab something out of my pocket and realized that I had lost all fine motor skills) The walk started in Cambridge and wrapped around the Charles River, where the MIT crew team was practicing and behind which Back Bay stretched. It felt amazing to wind our fervor and support for this cause throughout this beautiful city.

Whether it's to support a cure for MS, the end to sexual violence, a cure for breast cancer, or Boston (ahem, Freedom Trail is the walk to end all walks), participating in a walk is a great way to explore and appreciate the city and support a fabulous cause. See ya out there. :)

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Around Boston

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer

Posted on April 01,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Erika, Emily, Dana, and me at the "after party" for MMRP. :)

On Thursday, MSPP held its performance of Eve Ensler's A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, an event that I co-directed with my friend Erika. In some ways, I am glad that the event is over as it was a lot to take on (and as I no longer have to daily spell out the super long, comma-filled title of "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer"). But I will miss being a part of this small group and endeavor that inspired me so much.

Given that I was co-running MMRP (yay acronyms), I sometimes was more consumed with managing the details and technicalities of the event (i.e. running auditions and rehearsals; figuring out AV and food stuff; contacting potential donors and collecting donations for the silent auction; etc) than thinking about and celebrating the event's empowerment-themed message. But Thursday finally came, and after a day of running around ragged - setting up the donated gifts for the auction, arranging chairs, printing out signs - the performance finally began. With no more responsibilities left, I felt like I could finally hear and listen to the words of the monologues: with every punch...; another self that floated above me...; to the graveyard by the river, I chose freedom...; over it...; it could have been anywhere...; one in three women...; etc. etc. etc. The words hit me hard, and I often found myself tearing up; looking into the audience, I saw that others were getting a lil' verklempt as well. As somber as some of the pieces were, they were poignant, and I felt empowered by the fact that the woman's voice was not just speaking - it was being heard. Nine of us spoke, and the audience, which was comprised of about 50 people, listened. I hope that that those audience members will now use their own voice to pass on the message of MMRP to others, so that the One Billion Rising movement can continue to spread.

I am so glad that MSPP had this opportunity to experience A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer and I especially appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of this event and overall movement. For all those who are interested, I recommend that you check out V-Day events in your area and become a part of this movement as well. :) xoxo.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Social Responsibility

Ain't No Party Like A Slumber Party b/c a Slumber Party Don't Stop (until you get too tired to play any more Scattergories...)

Posted on March 23,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Me and Asha :)

It's been a long - although productive - week. I feel like I finally "get" what I'm doing, at least in relation to my stage in the learning process. My sessions with clients feel rich and productive, and although I still have a lot to learn, I now feel pretty comfortable dealing with uncertainties that arise in session. MSPP's performance of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, which I am co-running, is coming along. We had our first group rehearsal on Thursday during which each participant performed their monologue, and we all provided feedback and discussed the overall theme of the event. As the event also features a silent auction, I was successful this week in collecting many gift donations from local businesses. Lastly, I had to perform a case presentation at my practicum site, and it went well; my fellow interns and supervisors provided excellent guidance and suggestions regarding my work with the particularly client.

All the same, the week left me cognitively zapped. Given that my fellow girl friends also conveyed this sense of work-induced over-tiredness, we decided that our late-twenty-something-year-old (non-eight-year-old-school-girl...) selves would throw a slumber party. Before you get confused or throw out some "pillow fight"-focused wise crack, hear me out. The "event" was held at my friend Asha's place in Back Bay. Asha, who works in finance, actually lives in a nice, normal apartment complete with real furniture that she picked out herself. I live in some rundown-ish Allston apartment, one that serves the basic function of "providing shelter," filled with furniture attained through Craigslist, the same website through which some crimes have been committed; most of my student friends live similarly rugged existences. So, yeah, I love being at Asha's place; it always feels like being at some museum exhibit regarding "how non-student people with an income live." My friends Meredith and Jackie showed up as well, and clad in pajamas, we spent the night drinking wine, eating, playing board games, and having spontaneous sing-alongs to Jeff Buckley and Fiona Apple tunes. No one mentioned work. Although it was weird to have a "sleepover" that didn't involve building a fort, playing truth or dare, or braiding hair, the gathering was an awesome way to end the week as it really served to undo that work-induced stress.

So even though I have transitioned back into normal, non-slumber-party life filled with regular seven-to-11-pm parties and school work to do at coffee shops, I have officially denied and gone against the idea that people over the age of 15 cannot have slumber parties. So now the question is: how long do you have to wait to ask your friends to have another slumber party?

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Happy Women's History Month!

Posted on March 17,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

In honor of Women's History Month, MSPP is putting on a production of Eve Ensler's A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer. My friend and SCC Co-Chair Erika and I are organizing and running the event, an experience that has, thus far, been incredibly inspiring and exciting. As part of advertising for MMRP, Erika and I had been asked to provide quotes regarding our thoughts on the issue of gender-based injustices and female empowerment. Today I wanted to share the message that Erika had provided:

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I Like School Work in June. How about You?

Posted on March 05,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Today was the first day of registration for summer classes. I signed up for Clinical Practice of Psychodynamic Theory and Positive Psychology for summer session I, official confirmation that I won't be able go with my college friends on their ridiculous Europe vacation. :( But whatever. I get a kick out of summer classes; although the material is more dense due to the time constraints, the atmosphere on-campus feels lighter and more carefree, and you sorta develop these "summer" bonds among fellow classmates.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Around Boston

Putting the "Ew" in "Lit ReviEW"

Posted on March 03,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Actually, I kinda enjoy writing this lit review (it's for my Clinical Seminar class); I got a late start on it, however, and it's due on Wednesday, so.... "ugh," "ew," "boo," hiss, and whatnot. I have set up shop at a cafe with my friend who keeps distracting me with stories about this guy she likes who sounds like a sonofagun. (Love ya, girl)

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Around Boston

Balancing School and Hanky Panky

Posted on February 23,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Kishore and I at the Chinese New Year celebration at his department's weekly happy hour. His school apparently doesn't know the meaning of the term "economic recession."

Someone suggested that I write a post in regards to maintaining a personal (esp. romantic) life amidst a hectic academic/work schedule, given that many prospective students have concerns about this. Let me first say that I have my weaknesses - I can't leave a voicemail message without rambling; I have no idea how to rip off a piece of saran wrap without getting it all tangled; I can't turn in a practicum-site contract on time for the life of me - but when it comes to relationship stuff, yo, I got this one.

First off, I'd like to say that, given that my partner Kishore and I are both graduate students and therefore, both have crazy-busy schedules, I think that redefining our notion of "a relationship" was significant. Yes, Kishore and I each have separate time-consuming interests and responsibilities, but how can we work with all this in a way that is fulfilling?

For the most part, we often try to include each other in our academic lives, particularly by helping each other out with work. For instance, Kishore participates as a subject in many of my homework test administrations. For my first-year Psychological Assessment course, he was my subject for the IQ test. This year he served as a subject for a Rorschach administration. (... although he's been driving me a 'lil nuts ever since I told him that the results imply that he's an "over-integrator" of information. Over-intergrate this, Kishore: TOUGH - COOKIES) As Kishore is a biologist, I always proof-read and edit his papers and often go to his lab to help him with "cell contouring" (I actually have no idea what the heck I'm really doing - I just draw circles around a bunch of images of zebrafish ear cells for hours, and then Kishore says "Thanks!" and buys me dinner).

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