Profiles of Current Students and Alumni:

Mental Health Counseling

Marist Mental Health CounselingName: Joanna Murray

Program of Study: Master of Arts, Mental Health Counseling

Year of Graduation: 2012

Previous Education (degree and institution): Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts

Why did you choose Marist:  I was drawn to the Marist Mental Health Counseling program because the program goals and mission closely aligned with my own personal and professional goals.  I felt that the program would prepare for me licensure and a career as a therapist.  The campus was also beautiful and I felt like it would be amazing to attend classes in such a serene and peaceful place. 

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:  I took “Community Psychology” with Dr. John Scileppi.  He was such a passionate teacher and I really connected with the course material.  After taking that course, I realized that I wanted to pursue my PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Tell us a little about your internship experience: I had the opportunity to intern in the college counseling centers at both Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz.  It was scary to dive into counseling students but it was also how I learned the most.  These internship experiences made me a very competitive applicant to both jobs and doctoral programs.

How has a degree from Marist enhanced your career:  The degree from Marist enabled me to apply with confidence to doctoral programs. I knew that I would be well prepared whether or not I was accepted.  If I didn’t continue my studies, I still had a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and could begin my career.  I also knew if I chose to further my education, I would now have the skills to thrive in a doctoral program.  I am currently at Teachers College, Columbia University as a doctoral candidate in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Department.