“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy - the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
- Brene Brown -
abigail (abby) estabrook, ba
My journey to becoming a therapist started at a young age with a burning desire to help others. I wasn’t sure how to go about achieving these goals, I just knew in the depths of my soul that my path in life was to include serving others, especially in terms of helping them to navigate difficult life experiences, overcome trauma and loss, and to achieve happiness. In high school I begin to learn about psychology and went on to receive my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2009. From here, I worked in a mental health agency in Idaho where I served as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist as well as a Developmental Specialist. It was through this experience that I came to discover my path to achieving my goal of helping others may be best accomplished by becoming a therapist, and that I especially enjoy working with children and families. When I moved to Delaware I began the process of working towards my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and have been navigating this path since then, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH).
My experience related to working in the mental health field includes both educational experiences as well as professional experiences. As an undergraduate student, I intensely researched Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly as it is experienced by military professionals post-war. After I received my degree in 2009, I worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Professional and Developmental Specialist. As a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Professional, I worked with a diverse population, including children and adults, to understand difficulties they presented with, how to cope more effectively, and how to better meet their daily living and relational needs. As a Developmental Specialist, I helped to assess and develop treatment plans for children whom presented with potential developmental delays. While I loved my work at this agency, we were re-stationed to Delaware in 2011. Since then, I have focused on working towards achieving my master’s degree, which has included researching and learning a variety of interpersonal and counseling skills. Currently, I am an intern at Mental Edge Counseling, LLC, and am working towards completing the remaining requirements for my master’s degree.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Delaware Professional Counselors Association (DPCA)
My approach to understanding and improving mental health and wellness is centered around the main concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the belief that our thoughts largely influence our experiences and our reactions. Life experiences (may they be positive or negative), genetics, biology, and environment all have great influence over our lives, especially the development of our perceptions and our thoughts. Oftentimes we can find ourselves applying a thought pattern that does us a great disservice; we can get bogged down in the negative, and as such, we only see the negative, leading to a perpetual cycle. A cycle that can prevent us from seeing the good around us, having meaningful experiences, interacting positively with others, effectively solving our problems, and meeting daily tasks and needs. I believe that by investing yourself into working to understand your thoughts (as well as your responses and your coping and problem-solving skills), often in a collaboration with a therapist, it is possible to disrupt the cycle and achieve improved mental health and wellness.