My name is Angelica Waner and I dream to work as a psychologist like Dr. Lindsay Heller. I was inspired to want to work as a psychologist because I want to be able to help people not matter what.
My mentor, Lindsay Heller, told me she was first inspired to work as a psychologist because she wanted to be a doctor. She also liked to read a lot and had interest in human behavior. Most importantly, she liked helping people. She has encouraged me to work hard to get what I want.
When you were my age did you know what you wanted to be?
Well, I kind of thought about it at the back of my head. I wasn’t like “Oh yes! This is what I want to be.” I wanted to be more of a medical doctor. I didn’t really know but I was sort of sure.
What made you choose this career?
I love helping people. I like a the mix of being intellectual, reading a lot of books, knowing a lot of things, and talking to a lot of people. I think human behavior is very interesting. Each individual is so different. I like learning about families since everyone comes from one. Even if I see just one individual we are talking about their families, where they come from, and their culture.
If you could give any piece of advice what would it be and why?
I really believe in school, education and being smart. It’s really important. It can get you to whatever you want. Once you have a degree it’s like your backstage pass, you get to see places and do things you may not have otherwise been able to do.
What is a typical day for you?
In my private practice I do a lot of work at home. I do some writing, go to pilates class, come back and work in my office from about 1-2 to 6-7 in the afternoon. I see patients for 50 min sessions.
What do you think you need to have to be a psychologist?
You need to have perseverance. You have to take everything step by step, you need to be sympathetic and be understanding of peoples’ problems. It is important to be open to hearing about different countries and different behaviors. You also need to continue through high school, college and graduate school.
What’s the least and most amount of money someone earns in this field?
I think the average is about 80 thousand a year. But it depends if you work in a non-profit organization, then you may not get paid a lot. Or you might work a private practice where you might earn $16.00-$200.00 an hour depending on experience and what you have to offer.