I have earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Dickinson College, my Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University, and my Doctor of Psychology Degree from La Salle University. In addition, I have completed 4 separate externship training experiences, ranging from a community mental health center to a well-established private practice setting. I have also completed a full one year internship at the VA North Texas Health Care System, as well as a two year postdoctoral/fellowship at the University of Minnesota's Medical School in Human Sexuality. I have also completed research in the field of human sexuality/health psychology, as well as presented poster presentations at various conferences across the United States.
I believe learning can be both fun and enjoyable. In order for this to happen, one must create an environment which welcomes these two vital components. My most memorable learning experiences throughout my educational career have incorporated critical thinking while relating the material on a level commensurate with my knowledge at that time. Having material presented in a overly simplistic or overly complex fashion lead me to experience frustration, anger, and, more importantly, an inability to grasp the needed material. When my mentors connected with me on an appropriate level as I had outlined above, I found learning to be not only interesting, but both fun and enjoyable as well. More so, the development of critical thinking is vital to the applicability of this material in the "real world" environment. This is the exact approach which I bring with me in helping others learning basic, intermediate, and advanced areas of psychology.
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