Ashley Valence-Stapp, UCF Mental Health Student Intern

In her own words ...

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Florida is where I was born and have lived most of my life. Most likely I will never leave because, much like reptiles, I consider myself cold blooded and it is too cold to live anywhere else. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Psychology, a minor in Crime, Law and Deviance, and a certificate in Behavioral Forensics. I knew since taking a psychology class in high school that I wanted to work in the mental health field in some capacity, and after working in a behavioral health facility for a couple years I discovered the most meaningful way for me to fulfill this desire was to become a mental health counselor. So back I went to UCF where I am currently pursuing my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. In the words of Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”, and I hope to bring that to my clients to help them discover how they can thrive in their own lives.

When I manage to find some free time I love to relax, spend time with my husband, cuddle with my cats, hangout at the pool, and read a book. I also love a good game night with friends and family.