“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
– John C. Maxwell
The story of how I decided to become a helping professional begins with a teacher in secondary school. His course in family studies inspired me to change my application for post-secondary programs. I had planned to pursue a career in science.
I enrolled in a psychology program and this led to opportunities to support others. I had roles in a daycare, an elementary school, and a university. I hoped to become a helping professional. I considered graduate programs in speech-language pathology, developmental psychology, and social work. I appreciated that social work allowed me to join others throughout their journeys.
In 2010, I completed a Master of Social Work degree. Since then, I have supported others in different settings – medical centres, counselling agencies, schools, and communities. I have also pursued training that includes attachment-based therapy.
It has been a privilege to be a helping professional. I have learned that although our past may have affected our present, we have an opportunity to change our future. I believe that when we dig deeper to understand the lessons the past offers us, we can grow stronger to create this change in our lives.