Shelly Gallenberg is a licensed female psychiatrist and a professional counselor who practices with the Human Services Board Serving North Carolina Health Care. During the interview, the following were her responses to the questions given.
Gallenberg realized she wanted to study psychology when she was in high school. After some life changing experiences, she developed the desire to understand the human psychology especially related to drug abuse and bipolar disorder.
Gallenberg was heavily influenced by a personal experience with a psychiatrist. She was moved and touched by the way the psychiatrist was able to sit and listen to her by creating an environment where she felt comfortable and safe.
She describes her experiences in life so far as eye opening and an adventure into the human mind. She is particularly intrigued by the manner in which every single human being handles a situation in a unique way when exposed to the same socio-economic and environmental factors.
She describes her journey to being a psychiatrist as a intriguing and humbling since she enjoys what she does and has a heart for giving back to the society.
Her academic decisions shaped her career by far. She decided to study psychology all the way through to masters before taking a break to get involved in research and work. Her decision to study through to masters helped her develop the necessary foundational understanding that would later aid in developing and sharpening her professional skills as a psychiatrist.
During the whole interview, there are two strengths and weaknesses that I discovered in myself. Like Gallenberg, I have had a strong experience with psychiatry before and I have passion and zeal for the profession. I also realized I am a level headed individual, an aspect of psychiatry that is crucial for success in the profession.
I also found out that I had two weaknesses that would slow down my pursuit of the profession; my career goals require dedication of time and resources in the education process, i.e. studying through to the master’s level, an aspect I never considered to be important. I also realized that research is a fundamental facet of the profession, one aspect that is not particularly my strength.
Health Grades. (2013, June 19). Shelly Gallenberg. Retrieved June 19, 2013, from Health Grades: http://www.healthgrades.com/provider/shelly-gallenberg-3ls3b
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