Polet Milian, M.Ed.
Clinical work supervised by Sidai Dong, M.Ed.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University (in progress)
- M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
- M.S., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., Business Administration, California State University, San Bernardino
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
While I am still exploring my approach to therapy I aim to use a person centered approach where clients can find that therapy space I provide them is a brave space where they can fully be themselves. In addition, I aim to use a multicultural and social justice framework where client's identities are used to understand their world view and how they experience life and how it relates to psychological stressors. In the therapy room, I believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance so clients feel a strong connection that translates into the real world. Areas of professional interest include: Working First generation students of color (SOC) and offering them a level of visibility as their counselor. Specifically issues within women of color (WOC), minority serving institutions and their role in the success of SOC. I am most passionate about working with Latinx immigrant populations.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
As a future psychologist I take my responsibility to be an advocate for underserved communities very seriously. Systems of oppression have continued to create access gaps in various areas including health and education. I aim to help lessen to gaps for the communities I work with. As a fluent and native Spanish speaker, I am committed to helping communities who cannot otherwise receive services due to language barriers, be in a space where they feel at home. In my training as a counseling psychologist, I continue to work on checking in with myself and identifying my own privileges and biases in hopes to gain a better understanding on how I can use my privileges to help others. One of my ultimate goals as a practicum students is to use my clinical and educational experiences to become a component multicultural counselor that understands how we may impact a person's well-being.
In addition to my academic pursuits, I have challenged myself to practice self-care. When I am not in a clinical or class setting I enjoy spending time with partner, family and friends. I also enjoy cycling and believe it is one of the most fun ways to release stress. I am deeply passionate about mentorship, teaching, and fostering growth in future professionals in the field.