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Catherine BalboniCatherine Balboni

UMASS Amherst
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Health and Behavioral Medicine Area of Emphasis
Class of 2020

Hi there!

I'm a student in the Health and Behavioral Medicine concentration track in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Though my undergraduate degree is in psychology, my path to arriving at WJC took a long detour into a career in digital marketing. I'm originally from New Hampshire and have lived in or around Boston for many years now. 

Though I considered many graduate programs, I was drawn to the school's strong focus on experiential education, the variety of students with lived experiences and the ability to select a health-focused approach. When it comes to clinical training, I am confident that the two years of hands-on experience has prepared me for my career goals post-graduation. It has also given me a chance to "try out" working with different populations in a time-limited setting, which has been invaluable to my career development. I have also appreciated the wide variety of backgrounds of my fellow students. While many students have come a traditional route direct from their undergraduate careers, many others have prior careers in mental health, healthcare, and many other realms. The varying perspectives really bring a richness to our classroom discussions and our community overall. 

Professionally, much of my clinical interest is informed by medical sociology courses taken in my undergraduate career focusing on social determinants, health and cultural norms around meals and nutrition. At WJC, we have continued to delve into these topics within my concentration courses. I am completing my clinical internship is at an eating disorder treatment clinic which offer specialized treatment programs to all ages and look forward to this further career development. My long-term goals include a clinical practice which offers integrated whole-health care for those suffering from nutritional, body and eating related concerns. 

If you are still making your decision about graduate school, the best advice I was given was to really look through the course catalog and see what makes you excited. Then, get on campus and see what you think! 

Feel free to get in touch if there's anything I can help you with!