UWP counselor Dalsing committed to helping people
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Deirdre Dalsing, formerly employed as director of clinical services at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, has joined the team at UWP Counseling Services. She is looking forward to doing what she can to help students and is excited about the dynamics of working in a University atmosphere.
PLATTEVILLE - For University of Wisconsin-Platteville students who are dealing with any kind of emotional distress, UWP Counseling Services is here to help. Counselor Deirdre Dalsing, who is new to UWP, has committed her life to helping people, but if it weren't for one course in her undergraduate studies, she might not be in counseling at all.It was at UW-Madison where Dalsing earned a degree in behavioral science and law, and it was a group therapy course there that first got her interested in counseling.
"I think sometimes you get into a situation where you realize, 'Wow, I'm connecting with this, there's something about it,'" Dalsing said. "I became really interested in how people work in groups and the dynamics behind change. It was that one course in college that really kind of changed my path."
Dalsing began her career in counseling in Dubuque, and stayed there to earn a master's degree in clinical psychology from Loras College. Continuing to learn more in the field is important to her.
"You can never know enough about helping people," Dalsing said.
She takes great pride in her work as a counselor.
"You can see impact, you can see change," Dalsing said. "By identifying what is causing them the distress or difficulty, talking about it and evaluating how it's impacting them, we can help them look at what they can do differently."
"Her experience and personality will be a very positive addition to our staff," director of University Counseling Services Roger Meyer said. "I think the students will relate to her very well."
Prior to joining the staff at UWP, Dalsing was employed at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, working with high-risk adolescents as director of clinical services. She still resides in Dubuque with her husband and three children. In her free time Dalsing likes to read, spend time with her kids and play golf, a popular family sport.
UWP Counseling Services, located across from UWP Health Services at 220 Royce Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is also open Wednesday evenings until 8:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but not required.
"Sometimes a one-time session makes a big difference," Dalsing said. "We all go through times in our lives where sometimes just another person's perspective or just having someone else's ear, can bring great relief."
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