Meet Monique Snelson, one of MeMD’s Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Monique received her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for two years. Below she gives us some tips to stay stress free during the holidays and tells us how she became interested in her field.
What lead you to your career?
During high school I always considered being a psychologist and then when I started college I decided on a psychology major. After stepping away from school while I was raising children, I realized it’s not the research piece that I was drawn to but talk therapy. Marriage and family therapy interested me due to the nature and scope of the approaches.
What topics are you most passionate about in your field?
My main focus when working with individuals and families is empowerment. The issues I tend to see the most are anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders , PTSD, and other trauma related issues.
What do you do in your free-time?
I run with our family dog. She is a Pitbull who has real and severe anxiety. So, running is great for her and for me. I also love to hang out with family. My husband and I have five children and I find great joy in being with each one individually and as a group. I also love to read the great classics of literature, and I like to do this with a real book. I feel it brings a mindfulness to the reading when I have something solid to hold rather than an audio book.
The holidays can be stressful for many reasons! What are some ways to reduce holiday stress?
Set a goal during the holidays centered around emotional health, rather than past expectations. Allow compassion towards oneself and others over the need for perfection.
If you or a loved one are experiencing emotional stress this holiday season, consider taking the time for yourself to speak with a licensed professional privately and securely from the comfort of your own home or office using MeMD.