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Welcome to the road trip!

My name is Caroline Wiita, and I am a therapist-in-training living in Los Angeles, California.

Getting here wasn't a straight shot. For a long time, I approached life the same way I approach freeways: identify the destination, figure out the most efficient way to get there, step on the gas, and don't deviate from the route.

But it turns out that that life is a lot more like taking Mulholland Highway than the 101. It's a long drive with a lot of hairpin turns, and you can get so turned around up in the hills that sometimes you don't even really know where you are anymore.

It was coming around one of life's hairpin turns that, by some dumb luck, I came across a little spotted puppy--and I actually pulled over instead of passing him by. 

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I named him Chance (subconsciously after the dog voiced by Michael J. Fox in Homeward Boundand he changed everything.

Finding Chance made me slow down around those hairpin turns and actually take in the view.

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And once I slowed down and looked around, I realized I didn't even want to go where I was going anymore. I just wanted to be on the road.

That's how I ended up back in school at 35, pursuing a career as a psychotherapist. I want to help others navigate life's twists and turns and encourage them to enjoy the view as they go.

Right now, I'm working on my master's degree in Counseling (Option in Marriage & Family Therapy) at California State University, Northridge. I've only just embarked and already it has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life, so I decided to document my journey.

If you're interested in a career in mental health, I hope this blog will give you some insight into the process. If you're already on the path to becoming a licensed therapist, I hope the words of a fellow-traveler can help support and sustain you on the quest. And if you're looking for more information on mental health in general, either for yourself or someone you love, I hope you can learn along with me.

Here's to an incredible journey, with many points of interest along the way!

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