Pamela Williams

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

What do you hope to do with your degree?

My master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy is the first step on the road to becoming a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. I hope to work with children, adolescents and their families and to provide therapy in Spanish to members of the San Diego community who are native Spanish speakers.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I heard about SOLES from former graduates and chose to enroll after speaking with them and coming to an information session for the MFT program.

What is your background?

I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I left California to attend college at the University of Notre Dame where I majored in Spanish. I have worked as a private tutor and teacher and moved to the Seattle, WA area where I was the assistant director of a private school and tutoring service. In my time working with adolescents and children I realized that I wanted to be a family therapist and moved back to San Diego to pursue a master’s in marital and family therapy.

Tell us about any graduate assistantship and practicum work you have done through SOLES.

As part of a Dean’s Graduate Merit Award I have had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant to JoEllen Patterson, Ph.D. In my work as a graduate assistant I have had the privilege of exploring the fields of collaborative care, early intervention, prevention and evidence based practice. I was also given the opportunity to write a post for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association blog. My work as a graduate assistant has not only enriched my knowledge in the field I am studying but has also allowed me to build relationships with faculty which I find invaluable.

I was just placed at UCSD Family Medicine – Pediatrics for my practicum year. I am ecstatic about this opportunity as I am passionate about collaborative care and working with children and their families. 

Have you completed an international experience?

I am going to Istanbul, Turkey.

Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success?

All of my professors have contributed to my success in some regard. My graduate assistant work for JoEllen Patterson, Ph.D. has afforded me with numerous opportunities to learn and grow as a future therapist.

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

I feel blessed to be a part of the USD SOLES community. Even more important than the amazing education I am receiving is the opportunity to build both professional and personal relationships that will carry into the future and help me be a better therapist and a better human being.