Toni Martinez

MA Counseling, specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?

I began my program in Fall 2015 and I anticipate graduating in Spring 2018.

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

After graduation I hope to start my supervision requirements and become a licensed professional clinical counselor in California. My end goal is to open a wellness center where I help clients live healthier lifestyles. 

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

I found SOLES through researching graduate schools that offered a program preparing students to become licensed professional clinical counselors. Ultimately, I chose to enroll because of its accreditation and classroom culture. I came from a large public university and it was important for me to have more of a personal learning experience with my cohort and professors. I love the small classroom size and interactive discussions.  

How has your SOLES education impacted your career and/or career goals?

SOLES has exposed me to the various populations that can benefit from professional counseling. In one semester, I have learned so much about other walks of life and gained a new perspective on diverse populations. Additionally, SOLES has inspired me to raise awareness for mental health and end the stigma. Those who seek counseling or see a therapist are taking positive steps towards living a healthier life, and I believe they should be encouraged to do so, not stigmatized. 

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

Ask questions! The university has many helpful resources. Everyone is extremely accessible and willing to talk with you, including the faculty and cohort. Think of it this way: interesting questions stimulate interesting conversations!