What led you to your current position: My journey to becoming a social worker was inspired by a lifelong passion for advocating for those in need. From an early age, I was drawn to helping others and saw the profound impact that social work had on the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities. This, coupled with personal experiences that exposed me to the struggles people face, fueled my determination to make a difference. I pursued a formal education in social work, where I enhanced my skills, gained a deeper understanding of human behavior and psychology, and learned the importance of empathy and active listening. Throughout my academic and professional journey, I've been motivated by a strong sense of social justice and a commitment to fostering positive change. My path to becoming a classroom therapist was influenced by a blend of personal and professional factors. It's a role I find deeply fulfilling and a continuation of my passion for working with children and have the privilege of providing support, guidance, and resources to those who need it most.
What inspires you to do this work: It is the profound impact it has on the lives of students. Witnessing the transformation in a young person who gains confidence, copes with emotional challenges, and begins to thrive academically is incredibly rewarding. Knowing that I can be a positive influence in their lives, helping them navigate the complexities of their emotions and learning, is a powerful motivator. Additionally, the opportunity to collaborate with educators and families, working together to create a supportive and inclusive environment, is inspiring. The belief that I can contribute to a brighter future for these students and empower them to overcome obstacles is what fuels my passion for being a classroom therapist every day.
What is a recent highlight you’ve experienced in the work or an important lesson you’ve learned in this role: A recent highlight in my role as a classroom therapist was witnessing a remarkable breakthrough with a student who had been struggling with severe aggression and self-esteem issues. Through consistent support and therapeutic interventions, the student began to open-up, express their feelings, and build a strong sense of self-worth. The real turning point was when they started good social relationships with peers in the class, something they had been terrified of doing before. It was an incredibly gratifying moment for both the student and me, as it showcased the power of resilience and the impact of our therapeutic work. This experience reinforced the importance of patience, empathy, and the value of a trusting therapeutic relationship in helping students overcome their challenges. It underlined that progress might not always be linear, but with persistence and a supportive environment, remarkable growth can be achieved.
Share your life motto or something unique about yourself: My life motto is "Embrace the journey, learn from every step, and never stop exploring new horizons." I believe that life's experiences, both positive and challenging, shape our growth and understanding of the world, and there's always something new to discover and learn along the way. (You can see that in my career trajectory; I am a professional Classical Dancer, and I was a Lawyer and now I am a Therapist)