I don’t remember much about grad school orientation day. I do remember being completely dismissive about the whole affair, wanting nothing more than to just hit the ground running. I remember a speaker saying, “Life happens while you’re here.” I laughed off that comment and thought, Life won’t “happen” until four years from now when I’m finally in the real world doing what I love. Like the rest of that speech, the rest of orientation day remains a blur.
Articles by Yolanda Gonzalez, MS, LMHC, PsyD
I have been in the mental health field since approximately 2010. I have a B.S. in Pre-law and Political Science with a minor in Psychology. I also have a dual M.S. in Mental Health and Marital, Couple and Family Counseling, as well as a wholly separate M.S. in Psychology. While I immediately enrolled in a doctoral program for Clinical Psychology, I also became a license mental health counselor and have been working as such since 2012. In 2018, I completed my Doctoral in Clinical Psychology specializing in Forensic Psychology. I have earned my practicum hours at various sites, such as community mental health centers, children’s hospitals, and local jails and prisons. I currently perform per diem and on-call work for a local jail, and my private practice specializes on perinatal and postpartum mood disorders (PMAD’s) and on psycho-educational testing. I am a mother of four beautiful children under the age of 6, all of whom I had during my post-graduate studies.
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