HOPE Counseling Staff Spotlight: Q&A with Gabby Holmes
Q. What is your name and job title?
A. My name is Gabby Holmes and I am the Office Manager at HOPE Counseling Center. I also double as our Executive Director’s Assistant and help out with anything that I can within the organization.
Q. What inspired you to work for HOPE Counseling Center? A. As a psychology student, working in this environment has been my dream. I worked many retail jobs before my employment with HOPE, and I was happy with the various management positions that I held that brought me connection and a close bond to my associates. However, I wanted to get my foot in the door in the world of psychology, especially as I have been getting closer to finishing my degree. The opportunity to work with HOPE was a perfect match for what I was looking for, and I have been happy with my decision to work here since the day I started. I have always been interested in getting involved in helping people one way or another, and HOPE lets me do that in more ways than one.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of working at HOPE?
A. There are 2 answers to this question. The first most rewarding part about working for HOPE is knowing how many people we are providing services for on a daily basis. I love being the window that connects people to their therapists. Talking to everyone who is taking their first steps towards an enriched life is an intensely rewarding experience.
The second most rewarding part of working at HOPE is seeing all our therapists continuously grow into even more amazing versions of themselves. The nature of being involved in an organization that strengthens therapists to continue on and provide the best services they possibly can is so wonderful to be a part of. I love to see our therapists blossom.
Q. What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started your career at HOPE? A. Something I learned after entering my career at HOPE is how every single therapist has a different path when becoming a therapist. I feel like it is easy for people to have a vision in their head of what a therapist is, but what people may not see is how unique they are from each other.
For some of our therapists, this is their first career. Others are older and have lived many different lives in many different careers before starting their journey in the therapy world. All of them are special in their own way, and had different experiences that brought them to be passionate about therapy. I find this to be wonderful because they are as diverse as everyone else in this world, which helps them connect to even more people on a deeper level.
Q. Do you have a favorite quote?
A. "It is in yourself that you will find the strength you need."
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