I'll start at the beginning. I'm a professional counselor who self identifies as a "geek." Let me define that a bit, as I have found there to be confusion with my use of the term. Though I am interested in computers, and I am very studious, what I mean by the term "geek" is that I am very passionate about video games, super heroes, science fiction, literature (fantasy and otherwise), and film. To say that these are hobbies is a gross underestimate of the importance to these activities in my day to day life. It really is a part of me, as I think is the case with many "geeks," "nerds," "gamers," or whatever term a person may use to describe themselves. The unfortunate reality in identifying as a part of this culture is that there are a number of stigmas that come along with the identification. However, these negative over generalizations have never pushed me away from being proud of who I am, and continuing to identify myself as a "geek." On the contrary, I feel as though the reactions I get from people make me want desperately to educate others on just how fantastic it is to be a geek. So now when I use the term geek in the future it becomes clear as to what I mean. It encompasses all of those facets of myself of which I am proud to indulge.
My profession, though, is counseling. I have an earned bachelors degree in psychology and an earned masters degree in counseling (marriage and family therapy for the specific concentrations). I'm nationally certified and licensed. Counseling (and psychology, therapy, any other mental health discipline) force the practioner to make use of their personality as the means to help their client grow. It's our personality that drives our interventions and our clinical goals. That having been said, my geeky personality flavors my work. I bring it into the sessions for those clients who I feel will most benefit from the wisdom I find the various works I explore. I bring it into the classroom as examples for my students that go beyond the traditional textbooks and essays. However, I've found that many in my field are unclear on how this could all be useful. Thankfully there are some like minded professionals out there who are beginning to break down that barrier and inform others.
I'll be chronicling my work and my reactions to what I hear out there in this blog. Some entries may be more mental health or higher ed oriented. Others will be more geek oriented. They're all my opinions and musings, though, and are mostly to serve as a conduit to get the ideas and discussion out there. In reflection, this wasn't such a bad start.