Q&A with Yasmina Bazaraa
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University
MA in Clinical Counseling
Mental Health Clinician at the National Psychiatric Care and Rehabilitation Services in the Bay Area
Q: How did your Alliant experience contribute to your career growth?
A: My experience in the Clinical Counselor MA at Alliant has helped me in my career growth, as it provided me with as base of knowledge from all aspects ranging from childhood to adulthood, families, and psychopharmacology. This helped me feel informed in my first job as a child therapist and further in my second job as a residential therapist in a crisis inpatient treatment program.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your work?
A: As a Clinical psychotherapist, I enjoy the diversity in challenges that the work brings every day. Although this can be very stressful, however, it is very motivating to be an agent of support for individuals, children, and families through this work. I also enjoy the rewarding feeling that arise when a client is progressing in their mental health stability with me being a part of this process with them.
Q: What inspires you to make a positive difference in the world?
A: Children and future generation are the individuals that inspire me to continue doing this work and strive to make a different in the world in hoped for it to be a comfortable, accepting, and stable environment for them to grow and succeed.
Q: Any advice you have for current students.
A: My advice for current students is to utilize all resources and knowledge offered by class, professors, and by the university and don’t forget to practice your self-care.