My Background – Blair Folino – Intern
I have always been drawn to people and listening to their stories. Initially, this led me to teaching and the opportunity to work in the Chicago Public Schools as a teaching assistant. During my experiences, I took on a powerful role as a leader, guiding adolescents to develop and grow both academically and emotionally. I was captivated by the inner workings of their mind and patterns of behavior. I deeply valued being a part of each child’s individual journey towards adulthood. While I enjoyed working with students in a rigorous academic environment, I found myself seeking opportunities to help them reach their fullest potential outside of school. Hardships don’t just happen in the classroom. I realized that I need to change course. I ended my journey at Loyola University to enroll in the Northwestern University Counseling Program in 2017.
As a graduate student in the Northwestern Counseling program, I am preparing to work effectively as a counselor to provide mental health services to people challenged by emotional, behavioral, and relationship problems. My training is in psychodynamic therapy. Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic approach that helps counselors gain an understanding of a person’s problems in the present by examining their emotions and experiences earlier in life. This type of therapy seeks to bring a person’s unconscious mind into their conscious present to heal and move forward. I take a holistic approach to treatment, tailoring my techniques to the to the unique struggles of each client.
I cherish having meaningful and powerful conversations where trust is the foundation of the individual relationship. I feel honored and privileged to be able to create a safe and empowering environment where people are willing to let me play a part in their stories. As a psychotherapy intern at Empowered Therapy, I look forward to creating a nonjudgemental space where clients can be seen, heard, and validated.