Cristal Lopez Bio

Cristal Lopez, M.Ed.
Practicum Intern, Supervised by Samantha Morel MS.Ed.

Personal Statement:
I am so excited to be a practicum counselor at the Student Counseling Services on Texas A&M campus this semester! Being a college student can come with unique challenges and I am excited to work with students throughout their college journey. It can be an uncertain and stressful time in one’s life, thus I tend to utilize a strengths based approach as a source for empowerment. I believe that everybody has great strength within themselves to find and choose their own paths, goals, and directions. I am a first generation college graduate and thus have experienced some of the difficulties associated with this identity. I am passionate about exploring concerns associated with first generation status, cultural, and minority issues, etc. with students. I hope to create a nurturing and safe environment in which students feel that they can open up and explore themselves. In my free time I enjoy to travel, go to the gym, and spend time with family and friends.  

Academic Training:
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University (in-progress)
M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
B.A., Psychology, California State University San Marcos

Areas of Special Interest:
Diversity/minority issues, Latinx cultural issues, acculturative stress, anxiety, adjustment and identity development, trauma, PTSD

Theoretical Orientation:
I utilize an integrative counseling approach in my work with clients. As a foundation, I tend to use a humanistic approach while integrating feminist based theory, interpersonal, and strength-based approaches.  

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