Reflections of a Future Mental Health Counselor

by Brittany Czajka on August 20, 2015

A few short years ago, I walked across the stage here at Niagara University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and I could not wait to start the next chapter of my life - obtaining a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC). Now, it's the fall of 2015 and the beginning of the end of my many years here at NU, but I will forever be a Purple Eagle.

Niagara University's clinical mental health counseling graduate program has prepared me for that next chapter in my life, the chapter in which I begin my career in a profession I thoroughly enjoy. The College of Education is consistently and effectively refining the CMHC program, including obtaining CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accreditation, and is dedicated to preparing each individual for success in his or her future profession.

Personally, I have learned imperative micro skills and various theories that will allow me to create my own integrated counseling style. Completing the intensive internship curriculum (1,000 hours) of this program has prepared me for what to expect when I start my career and has helped me to decide with which populations I would most enjoy working. The program succeeds in providing realistic opportunities for real-world experiences. Throughout this program, you not only learn how to help those who seek counseling services, but also realize who you truly are as a person. This program has allowed me to substantially improve as a person and counselor, in ways beyond my initial expectations.

I have come to the realization that it doesn’t matter with whom I am working; so long as I am helping individuals to become better versions of who they want to be, I am doing something extraordinary. Flash forward to graduation this coming spring - I know that I will be better equipped to start my career because of the clinical mental health counseling program here at Niagara. I sincerely want to thank my professors and my cohort for preparing me for this next chapter in my life.

For more information about Niagara's clinical mental health counseling program, contact Dr. Shannon Hodges via email or at 716.286.8328!