Here begins my first foray into the blogging world. I suppose I should start by letting you know who I am, what this blog is all about, and why the heck you should bother reading in the first place.
My name is Lara Taylor, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (born and raised), and I am a complete and total nerd. My interests are pretty general as far as geekery, I know a little about a lot. I’m an avid gamer, comic nerd, Ringer, Star Warsior, Brony…the list goes on. I’m also a Master’s student in Counseling Psychology on track for a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license someday.
During San Diego Comic Con this year, I attended a panel called Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower us, and It blew my mind. Everything they spoke about was a way of combining my two biggest passions (nerdom and psychology) into one. Using comics in therapy? Had never thought of it, but loved the idea and it made perfect sense to me. Why had I not thought of this before?
After Comic Con I started listening to the Geek Therapy podcast and more and more topics came up, such as the use of video games in therapy. Or just using game terminology in therapy. The floodgates in my mind had opened and I could not stop the rush of ideas coming through them. I was inspired.
The information racing through my mind led me to the creation of this blog. I want a place to collect articles and discussions about nerdy concepts in the therapy world and how we can use them to make people feel better. I also want a place to combine those articles and discussions with my own opinions and ideas drawn from my current schooling and training as a future clinician.
Which brings me to a disclaimer: I AM NOT A THERAPIST!!!! I am a student, and the ideas I post are my own and are developing over time. Do not contact me to solve your problems. I’d love to help you, but I can’t, yet. This is a place for ideas and discussion….and geekiness.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings, and I also hope you stick with me. It’ll get more interesting soon, I promise!
Special Thanks to those who inspired me:
Comicspedia – using comics in therapy comicspedia.net
Geek Therapy Podcast – geektherapy.com