Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
Class of 2020
Hello prospective students!
My name is Molly and I am a full-time student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a concentration in couples and family therapy. I have always been intrigued by psychology but took my own unique path toward starting my master’s at William James. Before starting school (and currently) I have been working in the field of holistic healing. I am interested in the integration of “alternative” and “traditional” paths to health. My goal is to work with and support at-risk populations receiving services within the mental health system. I am also interested in eventually opening a body-oriented therapy practice that incorporates various healing interventions and practices to fit the person as an individual. Since day one, the faculty at William James has been supportive of my interests.
I chose the couples and family therapy track because I believe that our environment and relationships have a large impact on our mental health and wellness. I would also like to be an advocate for those struggling with mental health issues both within society and within their families. This includes disseminating stigma around mental health.
I chose William James because of the focus on diversity. The school genuinely values students from different backgrounds, ages and walks of life. I went to an open house six years ago at William James. And while I did not start a masters at that time, I never forgot the welcoming atmosphere I experienced. Eventually, that memory is what brought me back to the school when I was ready to begin last year.
During my practicum, I worked in a program for teenagers with DCF involvement. Getting “real world” experience while taking classes at the same time allowed me to take what I was learning out of theory and put it into practice. I was also able to take what I was observing in my practicum back into the classroom for discussion and supervision. While it was challenging in many ways (including time management) I am very grateful the program is set up in this experiential way. I truly feel it deepened my level of learning.
For those of you just starting, my advice is to use the supports the school offers. I have a tutor provided by the college. Having someone to proof-read my papers and help with APA formatting has been a life-savor!
Please feel free to reach out to me by email if you have any questions while you are considering William James, during the application process or while deciding whether to accept an invitation to join the William James Community.