Why did you choose to go back to school and pursue a doctorate degree?
I set the bar for my personal goals of success at the top, the highest I could go. I didn’t want to go out into the world and find that there were doors that weren’t open to me because I didn’t have a high enough degree. With a PhD, it’s the highest I can go, and it eliminates glass ceilings in the career force. If I want to teach at a university, I have a better chance having a PhD than I do with a master’s degree.
Previous education and what degrees – bachelors and master’s
- BA in Psychology with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV
- MS degree from LIU CW Post in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- PhD from Northcentral in MFT
What drew you to Northcentral University?
What drew me to Northcentral was its accreditation, program fit, and flexibility. I also loved that I didn’t need to take the GRE to get in. I am a top achieving student but a terrible standardized test taker, and it’s unfortunate that standardized test scores become a barrier to education at a lot of schools.
Additionally, in the city I was living in, there were literally no PhD programs in counseling or MFT, so unless I could relocate geographically, Northcentral was the only accredited program that would allow me to meet my goals without having to relocate my entire life.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration and why?
My biggest source of inspiration is my lifelong best friend, Keri, who became an oncologist. She worked really hard to realize her dreams, and like me, she set the bar at the highest. We both helped propel each other along the way to be the best we can be.
If you had to give one piece of advice to someone just starting on their doctorate degree, what would you tell them?
Be able and willing to think outside the box to get the resources you need. Online education has its limits, so when you run up against a barrier, you have to be resourceful and be willing to look outside of the box often times to pursue the resources you need to make yourself successful.
What’s next on your journey?
I’m under contract to publish a book with Routledge in late 2020 or early 2021 geared toward helping other therapists have relentless empathy with challenging and difficult clients on their caseload.