Healing; What I love the most.

Scholarship Entrant: Michele from Erie, CO
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Michele: 66

If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be to become a therapist and work with adults struggling to overcome the effects of complex childhood trauma. Because of my own experience with severe parental neglect, abuse and abandonment, I can speak first hand of the amount of work that it takes to overcome that type of upbringing and to become a healthy, functioning and thriving adult.
The side effects of complex childhood trauma are disastrous and far-reaching. Studies have shown that survivors of complex childhood trauma are affected in areas of attachment and relationships, the physical health of their bodies and brains, their emotional responses, dissociative disorders, behavioral disorders, cognitive dysfunctions, a poor self-concept, a difficult time sensing or planning for their future, long-term health consequences as well as devastating economic hardships.
Having an innate understanding of the work that it takes to overcome these devastating side effects, coupled with my deep compassion for those coming from similar circumstances, my deepest passion is to become a therapist, witnessing and helping to facilitate survivor’s healing journeys. I am currently starting my senior year of college to obtain my Bachelor’s in Contemplative Psychology. From there I will attend graduate school and obtain my Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology. After I graduate, my desire is to open my own private practice working with those that are in need of great healing from a childhood that left them battered and scarred and help them to become secure, happy, healthy and functioning adults.

Vote for Michele: 66

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