Formally starting work as a Psychotherapist in a clinic

Marie Abanga
Posted April 15, 2019 from Cameroon

It is a passion from childhood which led to a vision and mission. I always loved helping people, and I everybody, I was simply put a go to person in my family and neighborhood. A nickname was even crafted for me in French: "L'homme de situation difficile" which can be literally translated as "Man of difficult situations". 

I remember several situations where I was called to a neighbour's home or even in ours, there was a problem and no truce. I will listen to the parties until they will sometimes even turn against me for listening to each of them so much hahaha. I helped with unconditional love, judging people has never been my thing.

When my parents divorced, although I was the second child among 4 siblings, I was the defacto mama after mum left. I got the new nickname from my kid brother: "Mama Ayo". I was 13 years, but never mind since he was convinced mama didn't come with age. That name has stayed up to today.

I read law eventually and became a lawyer, but I kept feeling something more was coming. I then created an association and the name inspired me by my spirit was "Hope for the Abused and Battered" and have 4 focus areas of interest  including being the hope for victims of domestic abuse and Gender based violence, victims of Adverse childhood experiences especially sexual abuse/rape. Fortunately, before creating the organisation, I had gone back to school to study psychology and get certified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist after a 6 months intensive course.

I don't find swapping, or rather juggling arts and sciences any bit of an issue. I even have an MSc to start in September on medical health practices and professional development...yes that's me.

Mental health though largely ignored and even taken for granted, is beginning to gain grounds especially with celebrity and royalty like Oprah and Prince Harry joining forces to produce a series next year for Mental Health Awareness.

In the meantime, I am here and doing my mite to raise awareness on mental and emotional health, and the need to reach out for help earlier than later, when we start to notice signs of mental or emotional wellness challenges.

I look forward to an exciting second career, one which even enables me to help victims of abuse from another angle, after covering the legal angles of their situations or whichever comes first.

I know the world needs more of strong and dynamic women like myself, so I fodon take my torch bearing for granted. I therefore make it a habit for example to make use of all platforms like my beloved WP, to share my story - one of triumph after multiple abuse. I share to inspire and motivate someone.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019

Hello Lovely Marie,

Thanks for sharing more of your background story. Your posts, and you, always inspire, dear:-) I'm looking forward to hearing more about your exciting second career, too.

Hope you have a great week.

Marie Abanga
Apr 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019

Dearest Jill,

My life is thrilling as simple as that lol. I mean I am amazed myself. I share with love and I am happy to learn so much too. The career is one to pick up fully with time because it is a very new one in my country. You could count the number of Psychotherapists in the entire country hahaha. But, I am happy that knowledge helps me at home and in my organisation.
In love and sisterhood

Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019

Hi there dear:-)

Well, that's cool! Wow! That's so amazing to me that it's relatively new. You're such a trailblazer:-)

XX

Marie Abanga
May 18, 2019
May 18, 2019

Thank you dearest,

I am a tale of talents to be candid, ever honoured, humbled and grateful

Jill Langhus
May 19, 2019
May 19, 2019

You're welcome:-) Yes, you certainly are!

Wusufor
May 14, 2019
May 14, 2019

Splendid! The greatest gift we can give one another is our time. And we need to listen before we can council. So you are going in the right direction. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

Marie Abanga
May 18, 2019
May 18, 2019

Dear Sis,

Thank you so much for the encouragement. I am so obliged and I appreciate when a friend does that to me too - as in listen to me for an entire hour awwwwww

Anita Shrestha
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 09, 2019

Dear Marie
Thank you for sharing. Keep it continue

Marie Abanga
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

Dear Anita,

You are welcome

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Oct 25, 2019
Oct 25, 2019

Hello, Marie,

Just read this now and realize that you have a different hairstyle on this photo compared to your recent one. I'm inspired because I thought you took 4 years of Psychology course to become a therapist. I have actually been planning to study Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and to be certified as well. It's part of wanting to help people battling depression. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Marie Abanga
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

Dear Karen,

Thanks for your comment. Glad you are inspired. I actually took a year. Go for it, there are many options available. Courage darling
light and love

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 01, 2019
Nov 01, 2019

You're welcome, dear. You always inspire, sis. Thank you! Have a great weekend!

Jap Mouki Christelle Alexandra
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

Hello Marie, i am so proud of you . I see myself in you . You inspire me. Thank you so much for sharing your background, your fields of studies and your focus. It has edified me . I am glad

Marie Abanga
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

Dear Christelle,

It's my pleasure. I am happy you are inspired, now stay motivated and encouraged in that edification.

light and love