As a person of Hispanic descent and being a 1st generation Mexican-American, I grew up with a stigmatized view of mental health issues and therapy. I heard my family talk a lot about working hard and pushing past traumatic experiences. Most of the time, “pushing past these experiences” meant simply dismissing them— ignoring them. But I began noticing the emotional toll that dismissing difficult experiences had taken in the lives of my family members. I realized that this idea of “working hard” and pushing past traumatic experiences simply doesn’t work to provide growth or healing.
That is when I became interested in pursuing a career in counseling. I realized that therapy provides a safe space for people who are used to “pushing past it '' to receive rest, validation and healing. Further, I believe that therapy is a place for positive personal growth and a way to heal the parts of ourselves that are often ignored.