Michelle Paul says 2 misconceptions persist about psychiatric therapy– that therapists are going to do something scary like examine or “head diminish” a client; which there’s something naturally incorrect with individuals who seek help. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so it’s the optimal time to, well, talk about it.
As a practicing psychologist in Las Vegas given that 1999, Paul has actually worked to dispel these myths. She signed up with UNLV’s psychology professors in 2004 as associate director of clinical training for the Ph.D. program. Because 2012 she’s trained future medical psychologists as director of The Partnership for Research Study, Evaluation, Therapy, Therapy, and Ingenious Scientific Education (PRACTICE), a community mental health training center at UNLV.
The need for mental health support is prevalent however at critical mass in Nevada. According to the 2017 State of Mental Health in America report, the state ranks 51st in the country in high need for and low access to qualified mental health professionals– a requirement exacerbated by the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. In action, The PRACTICE used crisis counseling, worked as an information hub for the campus and surrounding neighborhood, and continues to provide assistance services to survivors.