Finding Her Calling
Guided by her drive to help others, Stephanie knew she wanted to study Psychology even before she arrived on campus.
“Professors Rachel Riskind, Anna Pennell, and Eva Lawrence sparked a lot of passion for me,” she says. “They were always very patient and would walk me through things if I needed help. There was an overall sense of well-being they gave me. The level of care they gave helped me grow.”
Soon Stephanie realized she wanted to focus her studies on becoming a therapist; she later decided to study counseling and applied for her master’s degree in mental health counseling. She chose the University of Central Florida for its reputation, play-therapy program, and location.
While there, she additionally completed the course work for the play-therapy certificate and realized she wanted to work with issues pertaining to adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Two weeks after her graduation in December 2018, she began working at the Renfrew Center, a treatment facility for those suffering with eating disorders.
“A lot of time is spent talking in groups. I’ll make a point, and their eyes will light up, and they’ll come up afterward and say, ‘You know, I haven’t thought of it that way before,’” explains Stephanie, who also works at a private practice. “They all tend to be very grateful for our presence. Even if it’s a chaotic, hard time, they’ll say, ‘Thank you for listening. It felt like everything was crashing, and I feel like I’ve had a few minutes of calm.’”
It seems both Guilford and Stephanie are changing lives.
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