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Counseling Students' Testimonials

 

Drisana

Drisana Garlington

After working here at Villanova University for six years I decided to get my M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations. What I found working in the University’s Office of Financial Assistance as an Assistant Director is that the best part of my day is talking with students about their careers, family life and counseling them on how to make the best decision financially and sometimes socially and personally. It is amazing how talking about affording college can lead into so many other life conversations. My first experience in counseling was working as a peer advisor as an undergraduate and my experience at Villanova just confirmed my joy of helping others figure out life’s issues. Being an adult student is difficult with a family and an existing career but all the faculty and staff in the Education Department have been great and I’m eagerly awaiting my spring practicum experience. Thus far, every professor that I have had the opportunity to learn from has been genuinely interested in not just my growth professionally and academically but they care just as much about my personal growth. In talking with colleagues in the high school setting I am positive that my education from Villanova’s Counseling and Human Relations Master’s program will prepare me for the next step in my career.

Patrick

Patrick Rowley

Entering Villanova University with a Psychology background, I sought further growth on a personal level in preparation for my future career aspirations of helping others. The master’s program in Counseling at Villanova University has provided me with the academic structure and support to reach this goal. Their course schedule has enabled me to function effectively as a part time student in collaboration with my full time professional responsibilities as a mental health clinician at Child Guidance Resource Centers. During this time I have garnered the skills and knowledge necessary to implement strong, ethical therapy to children and adolescents with various cognitive, behavioral, and emotional disabilities. In addition to aiding the development of current students, I am also studying counselor roles in working with students who are homeless to potentially improve upon future practices through a research study at Villanova. As an institution, the culture of community through service to others at Villanova University demonstrates the perfect atmosphere to expand upon career practice in counseling through means other than academics. After successfully completing my master’s program, I plan on continuing my personal and educational growth through a doctoral program in Counselor Education. The support of faculty at Villanova in addition to networking opportunities I have gained through participation in Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honors Society for Professional Counselors, has properly prepared me for all endeavors I plan to pursue post graduate school. I am appreciative for the numerous benefits Villanova University has given me and look forward to becoming a member of their distinguished alumni.

Damian

Damian Long

Let’s go Cat’s! It is such a blessing and privilege to return to my alma mater after completing my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. As I continue to work towards a Master’s degree in my chosen field, the relevance of my past work and service experience seems to grow on a daily basis.  For example, my internship during my years as a Villanova undergraduate with Chester County Juvenile Probation Courts (Mental Health Intern) served as great preparation for future jobs in the mental health field.  After completing my undergraduate work, I was fortunate enough to utilize my skills in a new and diverse environment when I made the year-long commitment to serve as an Augustinian Volunteer in the South African Missions . Sites I worked at included St. Theresa’s Home for Boys, St. Leo’s Primary School, and Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust; each environment allowed me to explore different aspects of counseling and human services, all while solidifying my desire to pursue a long term career as a counselor.  I returned to work domestically for the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor (A.D.R.O.P.), which allowed me to address areas such as education, health care, prison ministry, and restorative justice in a local setting. Taken together, all of these experiences have afforded me valuable in depth growth and knowledge in the social service, social justice, and counseling fields.

I am Graduate Assistant with the joyous and dedicated Counseling and Education office ! I also am  completing my practicum at the Youth Health Empowerment Project (a Philadelphia FIGHT Program), where I am in service with some of Philadelphia’s extremely marginalized and vulnerable young adults. This experience has built upon my passion of serving at risk youth, young adults, and families. I think it is crucial to understand and address some of the impacts of broken relationships, violence, mental health, and other counseling needs of this population. Villanova was a great choice for me to further my professional development as a counselor and researcher in this field!