Interviewer (I) (00:07): Hi Sophia. (Smile) Participant (P) (00:09): Hi. Interviewer (I)

Interviewer (I) (00:07):
Hi Sophia. (Smile)
Participant (P) (00:09):
Interviewer (I) (00:10):
How are you doing today?
Participant (P) (00:13):
I’m doing good, thank you for asking.
Interviewer (I) (00:15):
Of course. So, I’m going to ask you, uh, some more questions, uh, for my research and thank you so much for volunteering. So, uh, can you please give me description of life graduate school?
Participant (P) (00:32):
Life in graduate school, um, I mean I always liked psychology and I- for my undergraduate I studied psycho- psychology. And, um, I knew I wanted to continue, um, working I- working with specifically with, um, because I come from a diverse background, working with more diverse populations. Um and I really liked this program, so I started, um, applying and I got in and I was super happy, yeah.
Interviewer (I) (01:06):
Okay, great to hear that. So, in what ways have graduate school change your life?
Participant (P) (01:15):
Um, I mean, there, there been a lot of positive things. I have, um… I mean, I did my undergrad in psychology but it was never focused and like, what I’m learnings right now is very focused, very tr- treatment based. Um, I can see how I can use these, um, in the future everyday. Like, these are the clinical, uh, skills that I really need. Um, so, in some ways it actually helped me to even, um, strengthen, like, my goals for to become a therapist.
Interviewer (I) (01:51):
Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Participant (P) (01:53):
Um, but there’s also always negatives about being graduate school, because it’s very time consuming and, um, you, y- you invest your time and your money on it for, for years for a hope to become, become like what you want to be.
Interviewer (I) (02:14):
Definitely. Uh, why did you choose to pursue psychology, uh, for graduate school?
Participant (P) (02:23):
Um, I mean, I always knew I wanted to help people and so I started… I got out of my high school, I thought I wanted to be a nurse and, um, I started class, I really liked them. Um, but then I took a interest to psychology class and that was when I was… I figured that, that’s where I go into a class and I want to come out and I want to talk about it. I want to tell people what I learned and I was interest, I was genuinely interested in it. Um, I- I started to not really have to, like, study much, a much as I had to study, um, for nursing and just kind of like learn internally in some ways. Just like, it just changed my perspective of the- what I was learning. So, um, after I graduated, I- I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Interviewer (I) (03:18):
Wow, that’s such a nice story. So, what are your overall career goals?
Participant (P) (03:25):
Um, well, overall career goals um, I always wanted to help, um, people s- I mean survivors of like sexual or human trafficking. That has been always something I wanted even if I become a nurse. That was something I wanted to focus on, maybe like more, um, even outside my, um, job, but now that I’m a therapist that’s something I can really focus on, like that’s it. That’s a population that, um, I can help out, um, but other than that I always wanted to work with trauma.
Interviewer (I) (04:03):
So, in what ways do you plan to utilize your [inaudible 00:04:07] degree? Like, which population or environment as you mentioned, uh, sexual and human trafficking victims.
Participant (P) (04:18):
Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Interviewer (I) (04:18):
Like, a specific environment your planning to work in, like, private practice, hospitals?
Participant (P) (04:25):
Yeah, um, I don’t think I have fully focused on it, but I, I do want it to be international. Um, and being in San Diego is a great, um, I guess great, um, door to that, because, um, there’s, there’s where- there- there- there are a lot of survivors here, um, being so close to border. So, I always wanted to work internationally, um, I’m not, I’m not fully [inaudible 00:04:52] of how I can do that, but, um, that’s something that I always plan on.
Interviewer (I) (04:59):
Okay. So, what do you know about hypnosis?
Participant (P) (05:04):
Um, I know a little bit. I have never really experienced it myself, but I have seen people experience.
Interviewer (I) (05:13):
Have… So, you’ve y- you’ve never had experience hypnosis yourself?
Participant (P) (05:18):
Yeah, I have. Yeah, well I’ve never been hypnosis myself I just have watched people being hypnosised, yeah.
Interviewer (I) (05:25):
Uh, can you tell me what you think about hypnosis as an intervention for psychological disorders?
Participant (P) (05:34):
Um… I think, um, I’ve seen a lot of good things about it and I’ve read a lot good things about it but I also have seen and heard, um, people taking advantage of it in, in, negative ways. That, to me, sounds a little bit (laughs) fishy or like scary to be part of that. Um, I think with the right people it’s a great intervention. Um, I just don’t want to be in that environment, in that I’m not sure of who to trust and who not to trust in that intervention. Because, I know there is lot of people who take in- advantage of that intervention.
Interviewer (I) (06:25):
Okay, so, would you consider to use hypnosis in future on your patients?
Participant (P) (06:33):
Um, If, um, I wouldn’t… I wouldn’t want to, um, uh, I guess apply it myself, but I would definitely, if I know um, a therapist that I trust and I, um, I can referen- refer people to it and I know that’s, like, going to be helpful for them. [inaudible 00:06:53] I trust a therapist, I will definitely refer, um, especially because I, I do want to work with, um, trauma survivors. So, that would be a great, uh, intervention for them.
Interviewer (I) (07:06):
Okay. So, would you consider hypnosis to have long term or short term benefits?
Participant (P) (07:15):
Um, I think it’s a hard question for me, because I know as a, um… I guess it would be a short term, but, um, I don’t think hypnosis itself wouldn’t be effective. I think hypnosis is a tool to, um, expand the therapy after that. It’s just to help the patient to become aware of the emotions and what they have been through, um, in order to go back and really explore what happened to them.
Interviewer (I) (07:49):
Okay. Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it.
Participant (P) (07:52):
Of course.
Interviewer (I) (07:55):
Okay, bye.
Participant (P) (07:56):
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