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Counseling Services

2013-2014

Julia Deal, M.Ed., NCC

What impact did the Counseling Services Internship Program have on your pursuit of your professional goals?

My time at the Winthrop Counseling Center was the best experience I could have asked for during my graduate program. The internship program allowed me to put into effect everything I was being taught in the classroom. This furthered my learning and understanding of being a professional counselor. I was given the opportunity to manage my own client case load, diagnose, and prepare a treatment plan for each individual. The amount of support and encouragement I received from all my colleagues helped me to figure out who I am as a counselor and where I wanted it to take me. They trusted and believed in me which I am so grateful. Through this experience, I realized that working with this particular population is my passion and calling. While most of the work came naturally for me, I was also challenged in many ways. I was forced outside of my comfort zone with many clients and had to learn to manage these types of situations to figure out what was best for my client. I couldn't have asked for a better experience to prepare me for my career as a counselor.

Where are you now?

I am currently employed at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. In addition to counseling students, I also teach psychology part time. Teaching was not part of my plan but I'm so glad this opportunity has come about. I enjoy learning and challenging myself in new ways everyday.

Where do you go from here?

Currently, I am working on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. I only teach one class as of now. However, my director and I are working to have a concentration in counseling added to the psychology major at Limestone. This would hopefully mean more teaching opportunities in what I'm most passionate about.

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