How long have you been volunteering?
I started volunteering after I completed the training in February 2017.
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I found out about the position while looking for opportunities to volunteer in the field of youth mental health in Sacramento.
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I wanted to become a counselor because I am interested in developing a career in youth mental health through counseling and research.
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
Being a counselor is a really rewarding job. It can definitely be difficult and it’s easy to get down on yourself, but the calls where you really know that you made a positive impact are completely worth it.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
I have been most surprised by the amount of parents or family friends who call to ask about the line or other resources for a loved one.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
I work full-time at the UC Davis MIND Institute coordinating the Autism Phenome Project. In my free time I love to bake, go on hikes, and coach lacrosse!
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I played lacrosse in college!