Esther Wells

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Why did you choose the field of Marital and Family Therapy?

My desire to have a career with a conscience stemmed after my mother was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. The lack of anticipatory guidance and psychoeducation through this process drew me to this field.

Why did you choose SOLES?

I heard about SOLES during my time as an undergraduate at USD. I chose to enroll after hearing such positive feedback from Dr. Ana Estrada’s research students.

Tell us about your MFT practicum.

I am currently doing my clinical training as a Bereavement Counselor for San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine. This practicum site is providing me exceptional training in working with individuals, couples, and children who are suffering from loss.

Have you completed an international experience through SOLES?

In the spring of 2012, I had the unique opportunity to go to Ireland through SOLES to study family systems. This excursion provided me with an essential understanding of Irish family norms, rules, and values. I was able to meet with faculty and student from the University College of Dublin.

Which class has had the greatest impact on you?

The class that has been most impactful has been Human Diversity. The understanding of other cultures and backgrounds is essential in exploring perceptions and beliefs as therapists.

Are there specific SOLES faculty and administrators who have had a significant effect on your education?

Dr. Ana Estrada and Assistant Dean Linda Dews have supported me as a student as well as provided me with guidance as the Co-chair of the SOLES Latino(a) Graduate Student Association.

What are your plans for after graduation?

My plan after graduation is to work with underserved populations in San Diego County as an MFT Intern. My dream job would be a Clinical Supervisor for San Diego Hospice.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

My advice would be to establish a good rapport with the faculty and ask questions early on to help navigate your way through the program.

This is an archived student profile, which was written by Esther in the 2012-2013 academic year. Esther, who was a SOLES Student Ambassador, graduated from the program in 2013. Congratulations, Esther!