Allie King

MA Marital and Family Therapy

Hometown

Carmel, California

Expected Graduation Date

Summer 2018

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

I want to work as a therapist specializing in treating eating disorders. It is a clinical problem that is rampant in our society and I have a lot of passion in making a difference for those suffering with disordered eating and body image struggles.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

I am currently a graduate assistant for my one of my professors in the MFT program. It has been a great learning and mentorship experience in helping my professor work on various projects. My favorite project I worked on was helping my professor write an article about providing mental health services to refugees. There are a lot of research opportunities available at SOLES if that is of interest to a prospective student.

I am going to begin practicum in June 2017 at UCSD Family Medicine. My site is at a primary care doctors’ office so I will have the opportunity to collaborate with other health professionals about our mutual clients. The idea of treating the whole person and bridging the gap between physical and mental health deeply resonates with me. I can’t wait to start!

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

My education in the MFT program has opened my eyes to the pressing need for mental health services in low and middle-income countries. Prior to starting the program, I did not know a great deal about global mental health. My career goals have broadened being in the MFT program as I consider how I can be of service to people both near and far from me.

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

I feel deeply privileged to be part of SOLES and specifically the MFT program. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, inspiring, and supportive in helping their students develop the skills necessary to become great therapists. My cohort is full of bright, curious and incredibly compassionate people who I feel lucky to call friends and colleagues. I know that prospective students likely will have many options for graduate school, and it is a big decision to make. I would encourage prospective students to reach out and meet with a current student and attend a class to see if it feels like the right fit.