MA Counseling, specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Los Angeles, California
Expected Graduation Date
What do you hope to do with your degree, and why?
I hope to get my license and become a licensed professional clinical counselor, where I would then open up my own practice.
Tell us about any research or independent study you have done at SOLES.
I am currently doing research with Dr. Wendell Callahan and Dr. Ana Estrada. Our research consists of strengths-based interventions supporting stable housing for parents affected by homelessness. We collaborate with the housing program staff at Monarch School. We created an eight-week workshop series and incorporated one-on-one coaching to implement the skills from the workshops. Our goal is to help those parents maintain stable housing and move them toward self-sufficiency.
How has your SOLES education impacted your career and/or career goals?
My SOLES education has had an enormous impact on my career goals. My classes have expanded my knowledge and encouraged me to be open-minded about the information that I receive. On a daily basis, I am taught to think critically about the material in front of me and think of a multitude of ways in which I can apply the knowledge I have just gained. The experiential learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom has provided real-world application to the material that we have learned. The research I conduct has provided me valuable experience and gave me a better understanding as to the population I want to work with and the path I want to go on.
Which class has impacted you the most? Why?
Clinical Interviewing has impacted me the most thus far. That class provided me with the skills to conduct a basic counseling session and made me put those skills to use. The content provided me with the foundation and the understanding of when to use specific skills and why, whereas the experiential learning component enabled me to put those skills into practice. This class gave me the opportunity to go out of my comfort zone and fully immerse myself with the material with the knowledge that any mistakes that are made are all part of the learning experience.