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Paula Hamm

Paula Hamm

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Paula's work combines: Philosophy & Religion, Writing, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


The goal of psychoanalysis is to help patients develop their own capacity to think and feel.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Loyalsock High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Social Work

    Lock Haven University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Secondary Education and Teaching

    Lock Haven University

  • Graduate Degree

    Counseling Psychology

    Marywood University

  • Graduate Degree

    Theology/Theological Studies

    Marywood University

  • Certification

    Diver, Professional and Instructor

  • Vocational

    Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    Washington Center for Psychoanalysis

  • Vocational

    Pastoral Studies/Counseling

    American Association for Pastoral Counselors

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Clinical & Counseling Psychologists:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Social Work

Bachelor's Degree: Secondary Education and Teaching

Graduate Degree: Counseling Psychology

Graduate Degree: Theology/Theological Studies

Certification: Diver, Professional and Instructor

Vocational: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Vocational: Pastoral Studies/Counseling

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Became the first female lay person to work in the Catholic Church in Youth Ministry in the late 70's.

  • 2.

    Finished my Graduate training.

  • 3.

    Got Married.

  • 4.

    Applied and received my License as a Professional Counselor.

  • 5.

    Had three children.

  • 6.

    A birth trauma led me to psychoanalysis as a patient.

  • 7.

    Entered psychoanalytic training.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    After giving birth to my third child the negative noise I heard was there was nothing wrong with my child.

  • How I responded:

    ALWAYS TRUST your own intuitive nature and follow your inner voice, your soul through meditation, prayer and reaching out to a trusted other who will listen to YOUR story.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Worked very hard to earn money and never gave up.