Do you have a strong interest in psychology or mental health? Earning a Master of Arts in Counseling can be the link between your passion for helping others and your ability to start a career doing just that.
Counseling@Northwestern enables you to take your own Northwestern Direction—a journey that you create and define—from anywhere in the country without relocating. You can earn an MA in Counseling online without sacrificing the hands-on, collaborative experiences that are critical to counselor development.
Learn why three of our students chose to pursue their degrees through our online program.
Gino Titus-Luciano | Hawaii
Interested in a career helping children, Gino is earning a Master of Arts in Counseling and has found satisfaction working in the mental health field. For the past five years, he has enjoyed helping a diverse group of young people overcome emotional and behavioral challenges.
Why did Gino choose Counseling@Northwestern?
“I chose Northwestern for the accessibility and the ease. The school’s prestige also provided the pedigree I was looking for. The online aspect allows me to study while still having a career in counseling. I think one of the best parts of being at Northwestern is the flexibility, which allows me to work while completing my clinical hours.”
“Everything has surprised me about being in this program. The ease of the technology, the professors, and the intimacy have shown me that it's genuine. Building meaningful relationships online doesn’t seem easy to do. Through our sessions, though, we’ve become really close. My favorite thing about the program is going on retreats. Meeting people in person after knowing them for half a year online really says something and makes me feel close to my group.”
Parfait Kanam | Illinois
Parfait’s interest in mental health led him to pursue a bachelor’s in psychology, but he felt he needed additional education to achieve his ultimate goal: enriching the lives of children, adolescents, and families. Now pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling through Counseling@Northwestern, Parfait plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and use his education to help children suffering from trauma internationally.
What does Parfait like most about Counseling@Northwestern?
“I really appreciate how I got to dive in immediately after starting the program. Being able to practice skills right away is very important in any learning environment. Once you learn the skills and theories, you still need a place to practice them. Having a placement site to apply the knowledge that you have allows you to be more impactful in your work. The early clinical experiences set the foundation of how and what I am trying to pursue after I complete the program. Being able to apply what I learned in class already makes a positive impact on my skills and being able to help my clients.”
“The support from the placement team was really phenomenal because I didn’t have to do a lot of the work related to searching for my placement site. I didn’t have to check if the site was close to my home or not. They just did all of the work for me and made sure that I had the right place to go to—a place where I could learn. It’s been very helpful, especially for my growth.”
Sara Witzler | Ohio
After 18 years of working for an early childhood education program, Sara felt it was time to take the next step and pursue a career in counseling—a field that has always interested her. During her Counseling@Northwestern Internship, Sara found fulfillment as a psychodynamic counselor. After graduation, she plans to continue working in the field and pursue a doctorate in counselor education.
What impressed Sara about Counseling@Northwestern?
“Counseling@Northwestern really blew me away with the lectures, the interactive pieces, and the ability to not only have class but also have meetings with my classmates. We meet regularly, so we really do have a classroom that’s portable. We still get that face-to-face interaction. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything by not being on campus. The connections that I’ve made with my classmates have surprised me. We’ve invested in each other, and I wasn’t expecting that in an online program.”
“The reflective practitioner experience was a key component to choosing this program. I’ve learned more about myself in that experience than I have in my 35 years. It helped me see where I was and then take my clients there as well. The exploration of emotions really helped me understand emotions in a complex way and how they’ve affected my own life. When I enrolled in Counseling@Northwestern, I knew I’d go through an emotional journey that would be critical to my development as a counselor. I believe we need to know ourselves so that we can know others. That’s what we’re going to do as counselors. We sit with people. We listen to their stories. So, we have to sort through our stories first.”
Can You Picture Yourself as a Counseling@Northwestern Student?
Just like Gino, Parfait, and Sara, you can define your Northwestern Direction by earning an MA in Counseling and serving your community as a clinical mental health counselor.
Would you like to learn more about Counseling@Northwestern and how our online program can lead you to a career that ignites your passion?
To speak directly with a Counseling@Northwestern admissions counselor, call 1-844-684-6221.