Featured Member of the Month
This month, the Association for Humanistic Counseling would like to introduce, Stacey Litam, AHC Emerging Leader 2014-2015, AHC Conference Committee Planner
Tell us a little about yourself.
I completed my masters degree from John Carroll University in clinical mental health counseling and am currently pursuing my PhD from Kent State University in counselor education and supervision. I am a mental health counselor at a Cleveland agency and my client population includes survivors of human sex trafficking, addictions, trauma, and other mental health issues.
Who are you?
I am a foreign born Asian American woman who is passionate about advocating and empowering ethnic, minority, and underrepresented populations.
What are some of your passions?
I am passionate about service and leadership! I feel most fulfilled when I am providing support and advocating for others. I also feel strongly about the importance of self-care and integrating creativity into counseling and pedagogy.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
“Everything you do, say, and wear sends a message to the world about who you are”
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from my clients, colleagues, and peers who are an incredible source of support. I am inspired by my students who are just beginning to learn about our field and are eager to find their strengths.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People are always surprised to learn that I am an introvert! Although I love connecting with others, I always look forward to spending time alone or with my partner, Tony, and our small dog, Miko.
Any advice for new counselors and/or graduate students?
Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.
Do you have any unique hobbies?
I recently fell in love with knitting! For a few months, I had a real yarn problem. I also used to perform stand up comedy, am a big fan of Nicholas Cage, and was a professional cheerleader for 3 years.
My mother’s Filipino cooking will always be my favorite.
How do you express humanism?
I operate from a strength-based perspective in every aspect of my life. I believe we all have the ability to solve our problems and effectively navigate our worlds. I feel that counseling provides one avenue through which people can obtain the necessary support and resources to pursue a fulfilling and meaningful life. I also believe in the power of positive intention. Our interpersonal interactions are meaningful! I am part time faculty at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) where I teach empathic communication skills to first year medical students.
What led you to the Association for Humanistic Counseling?
I discovered AHC through a conversation with Martina Moore. Her passion and excitement about the division was absolutely contagious! Soon after our conversation, I joined the division and sought opportunities to get involved.
Are you active in AHC?
Yes! I am a co-founder and board member for the Ohio Association of AHC. I was also one of the 2014 AHC Emerging Leaders and am the National Associate Conference Planner for the upcoming AHC conference in Cleveland, Ohio on June 5h and 6th 2015. Looking forward to connecting with you all there!
What do you want people to know about you?
I want others to know that their words and actions are powerful. Be intentional of how interact with others in your life and throughout your day.
Are you interested in meeting new people and making new connections?
Absolutely! I am always open to connecting with others: Slitam@kent.edu
If you could interview (have lunch with, meet) one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Oh, easy. Nicholas Cage.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can take a nap immediately after drinking an espresso. I’m not sure whether this is a talent or just part of being in graduate school!
What do you wish you could be famous for?
I am hopeful that I will be remembered as a thoughtful, supportive, and ambitious counselor, educator, and researcher. I am eager to contribute knowledge within the areas of cross-cultural supervision and hopeful that I will be famous for inspiring others to pursue their dreams.
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