In 1997, I signed up for an independent study course through the psychology department at Stephen F. Austin State University. I was fascinated by the subjects of personality and self-esteem, and I wanted to explore them as they related to people who are blind. As is often the case, I thought that perhaps my studies might help me personally--and they did. I enjoyed my work thoroughly, but something was missing--a personal perspective. Science is useful as far as it goes; but psychotherapists, counselors, and social workers are helping professionals. The true test of the usefulness of an intervention is the change it brings about in the life of an individual. Without understanding the myriad of issues an individual may be facing, it is almost impossible to select a suite of intervention techniques which can accurately address that person's needs. Personal and academic perspectives work hand in hand to provide such an understanding.