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Patrick SvioklaPatrick Sviokla

Boston College
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Class of 2021

My name is Patrick Sviokla, and I am a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student here at William James College. I grew up in Newton, MA and earned my BA in Philosophy from Boston College.  My career interests are providing therapy and assessment to children and adolescents in an outpatient setting, especially working with those who have experienced trauma.   I have a special interest in psychodynamic practice, particularly with regards to personality development and play therapy.  I am also in the Global Mental Health concentration.  As part of this concentration, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several community projects, including participating in an immersion trip to Haiti, running art therapy groups for kids, and presenting at conferences.

I was originally drawn to William James College because the focus on experiential education.  From the first day of the program, you get the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to your clinical work.  In addition, I was impressed by the warmth and sense of community at WJC from the first time I visited campus.  The faculty and administration are incredibly supportive of your personal development as a clinician. 

My advice for success in your first year here is to be open and curious during your training experience.  An essential part of this program is learning about yourself:  What you are passionate about?  What you are your strengths?  What type clinician do you ultimately want to be?  I think this program is the perfect place to help guide you through this process.  Also, I recommend taking advantage of the opportunities for extra-curricular experiences.  Between student clubs, immersion trips, conferences, and work-study opportunities, there are a multitude of ways to get involved.  The relationships you will make and the experiences you will have are invaluable. 

Feel free to contact me any time.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.