Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type




First Advisor

Joy Holloway

Second Advisor

Kay Satre

Third Advisor

Brad Elison


This thesis explores the effects of significant events in my life that have shaped my personality. By writing about events in a narrative format, I have used techniques of creative writing to illustrate elements of interest in a clinical psychology approach. Using the Bio-psycho-social model, I divided these events into vignettes that were placed under one of these categories: biological processes, psychological processes, or socio-emotional processes. Using this style helped me to tease apart events and work through them as a person would be required to do in pursuit of a Masters in Counseling Psychology. In using both a clinical format and creative writing, I distanced myself from highly emotional events in my life and looked at them from an elevated perspective, allowing a natural transition from merely remembering events to actually understanding, accepting, and embracing their impact on my life. This thesis solidifies the needs that I had, as an incoming student to Carroll, to identify and overcome the nameless instability that lingered after high school. This academic memoir shows the emotional process of self- discovery that is essential for any person pursuing clinical therapy.