Hi, in 2 years I'll be entering graduate school for clinical psy as well! I am undergrad at the moment. My ultimate goal is to obtain a license to practice and work with the Depressive/Anxious.
I've had my own internal struggles regarding my career plan since going vegan/811/hr. "Why am I doing this when I know firsthand that these woes can be corrected with diet?" I still ruminate.
If you could elaborate on your thoughts on this, I'd love to hear it. Mind-body connection, as you know, is a huge part of health.
Ah, I feel the same way!!! I still grapple with the same exact issue you mentioned. But, I think the field needs people like us who have had this kind of nutritional enlightenment so to speak. What we are learning for ourselves can inform the way we interact and guide our clients. I am about to start seeing clients for the first time (yay, exciting but scary!), and I really think encouraging and working with clients to change their lifestyles will transform their lives.
The thing that is sucky is that graduate school will not by a long shot teach you everything you need to know. I am constantly supplementing my education, which is okay by me, because I LOVE learning. That is not to say what I am learning in school is useless, but I think a lot of is is misguided, and of course, it comes from within the reductionistic Western medical paradigm of symptom reduction rather than treating the underlying cause.
So happy to connect!
The sad thing is, a client may have reservations taking dietary vice from we Psychologists as we are not also certified "nutritionists" as well. *eye roll*
I have thought about potential misconduct in the workplace by advocating this lifestyle. In this pill-obsessed, therapy-loving world, no one wants to believe what good old Hippocrates said...Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food! Friending you now Taylor. :)
I'm not. I'm in the field of education, but I'm glad to hear that there will be some hcrv psychs out there. :) I struggled with an eating disorder for years and in treatment I was told that this lifestyle is completely disordered. The nutritionist and psychologist told me that the only way to recover is through eating a "balanced" diet rich in animal products. When I brought up wanting to recover without animal products they told me that, "You are just afraid of meat because it is nutritious." and "Eating is not a moral issue." Switching my treatment team and pursuing this lifestyle is the only reason that I recovered! Good luck to you helping people from a cruelty-free and healthy standpoint! :)
The ED specialists HATE vegans! They totally do NOT get us. I cannot begin to imagine how painful and traumatizing it would be to be recovering from a severe ED and having a "treatment" team forcing animals products on you for "healing". Ugh. That makes my stomach and heart ache just thinking about it. I am so happy to hear you have created the recovery you need!
Thank you!! This is super validating for me. :) Healing cruelty-free for the win!!