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Ariel Axelrod-HahnAriel Axelrod-Hahn

Wellesley College
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA
Health and Behavioral Medicine Concentration
Class of 2017


My name is Ariel, and I am a recent graduate from the MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Concentration in Health and Behavioral Medicine. After earning my BA in Russian Area Studies in 2006, I worked in publishing, starting as an editorial assistant at the New England Journal of Medicine, and working my way up to senior editorial manager at a local startup where I managed editorial programs for brands such as IBM, Pampers, and Purina.

Management was not part of my career plan, but when it became clear that I was going to be in charge of others' welfare, I began reading about it—and I enjoyed implementing what I learned. For some of my peers, good management was about getting things done. I saw good management as the opportunity to create an environment in which those who answered to me could learn, grow, and do their best work, and I soon realized I wanted to do that as my full-time job, not just as an aside to project management.

I chose to apply to William James College because I had heard Very Good things about the practical training students received there. I also had an interest in health psychology, which was within the purview of the Health and Behavioral Medicine specialty.

I did my internship work at Waverley Place at McLean Hospital and Edinburg Center. Then, after I graduated with my MA in clinical mental health counseling and behavioral medicine in May 2017, I began working as an outpatient clinician at Riverside Community Care. At present, I split my time between outpatient counseling and school counseling—and preparing for the licensure exam.

Graduate school is a major and sometimes stressful life event. My transition had a few bumps along the way, and I was happy to discover a strong support system at William James College to help me along. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the program, or life after school!