I’m Stephanie, and I’m currently about halfway through my MS in Counseling (LPC) at SMU. My areas of interest include trauma and abuse, mood disorders, and substance abuse as well as issues around gender, power, and trust. I’m interested in Gestalt and Family Systems theories as well as Social Justice and Feminist approaches to counseling. I love to travel and go to concerts, but these days I’m way more likely to spend my spare time binge-watching stand-up comedy with my cat, Oliver, than going on any big adventures. My life goals include visiting every continent, cage-diving with great white sharks, and successfully painting my nails with my non-dominant hand. A few of my favorite things are coffee, kittens, and queso.

Starting 2016 Off Strong: Self-Care in the New Year

Starting 2016 Off Strong: Self-Care in the New Year

It’s January, which means for most of us, that it’s time to take down the holiday decorations and get back to the grind.

For me—and I’m sure for a lot of you, too—it feels like I never had a break from the grind. With work, classes, and the holidays all placing demands on my time and attention, I’ve felt a little overwhelmed, like I’ve been trying to keep afloat in a sea of final papers and wrapping paper.

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To me, an important part of managing self-care is managing stress. While that is a big category, with a lot of possibilities, a fe... Read More
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Fiddlesticks. Can I edit this? The line "I not only make the best use of time, though, in addition to feeling in control, is activ... Read More
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Introducing Stephanie and Her Road Map to Grad School

Introducing Stephanie and Her Road Map to Grad School

My name is Stephanie, and I'm working on my Masters of Science in Counseling (LPC) at SMU. I've taken a somewhat indirect path to graduate school. In fact, my undergraduate degree is in Writing & Rhetoric. I was especially interested in editing and creative nonfiction, but I often felt like I was on a road trip without a map--like I wasn't moving towards a meaningful destination. I finally had to admit to myself that I was interested in working with people and their stories on a deeper level than I could reach through editing and writing.

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Hi Stephanie! Glad to be on this journey in your cohort. My own story is leaving behind a life spent in 33, 34 really, years of en... Read More
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Hi Jsulli214--good to hear from you! It definitely takes courage to trade a successful career to go down a new route and follow yo... Read More
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I had to think about what self-care really is. For my last year of work, and first year of school, grad school WAS my self-care. T... Read More
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