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Graduate Counseling Programs

Counseling, MSED and Mental Health Counseling, MA Student and Alumni Spotlights


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    Jennifer Recenello
    MSED in Counseling '17

    My experience in the Mental Health Counseling program at Hofstra is something I will forever treasure. The only regret I had was not attending Hofstra for undergrad. The faculty was so incredibly supportive and helpful at all times...

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    Alexa Rickert
    MA in Mental Health Counseling'16

    In reflecting on my time at Hofstra, I can truly say that it was one of the best times of my life. The two and a half years I spent at Hofstra became so fundamental and important in developing who I am personally, and who I hope to be professionally...

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    Stacey Rivera
    MSED in Counseling'16

    Being a part of Hofstra's Counseling program was an experience like no other. If I can offer just one piece of advice to the current students in the program it would be this: take advantage...

  • Jessica Mott
    MA in Mental Health Counseling'17

    In 2014, I had a growing desire that I could not shake to pursue a Mental Health Counseling degree at Hofstra University. I had completed eight years in recovery from a life-controlling addiction that nearly took my life on multiple occasions, and I never thought that Hofstra could actually be a possibility for me...

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    Jessica Lai
    MMSED in School Counseling'17

    My experience in the Counseling program at Hofstra was a memorable one. Let me tell you something: two years goes by faster than you can ever imagine, so work hard in your classes, join clubs and student organizations, and immerse yourself in all that Hofstra has to offer...

  • Guglielmo

    Joseph Guglielmo
    MSED in Counseling, ‘12
    Wantagh, New York

    Tell us about your path to Hofstra University.
    After graduating from Fordham University with a B.S. in Psychology, I was looking to enter a competitive graduate level program...

  • Courtney DeMarco

    Courtney DeMarco
    MSED in Counseling, '15
    North Massapequa, NY

    Congratulations on being awarded the Nassau Counselors’ Association 2015 Graduate Student Counselor Education award! Tell us a little bit more about what this means.
    Words cannot describe what this means to me. I always try my hardest and do my best to stay humble...

  • Natalie Rose LaGrua

    Natalie Rose LaGrua
    MA in Mental Health Counseling '10
    Staten Island, New York

    Tell us about your path to Hofstra University.
    I was an undergraduate student at Hofstra University from 2002-2006...

  • Stacie Mitchell

    Stacie Mitchell
    MSED in Counseling, '12
    Sanford, Texas

    Tell us about your path to Hofstra University.
    I knew while working as a peer mentor and tutor for College Assistance Migrant Program at West Texas A&M University as an undergraduate...

Jennifer Recenello

Jennifer Recenello
MA in Mental Health Counseling '17

My experience in the Mental Health Counseling program at Hofstra is something I will forever treasure. The only regret I had was not attending Hofstra for undergrad. The faculty was so incredibly supportive and helpful at all times. I actually enjoyed going to class, and that's not something you hear often from a grad student. I formed so many friendships from the start of the program and continue to stay in touch with my fellow peers even after graduating. My advice to new and/or current students in the program is to take advantage of all the opportunities that Hofstra offers. It may be difficult to get involved and participate in activities or attend events on top of the coursework and classes, but it is truly worth it. I attended the program as a full-time student and worked three part-time jobs, but I made sure to devote some time to being a member of a club and eventually got more involved by becoming a co-president. This program truly prepares you for life, leaving you with a strong skill set, greater confidence, and an amazing education. I can't thank the faculty enough and am so grateful for their guidance and encouragement throughout this journey. Two and a half years flies by, so don't take a moment for granted.

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Alexa Rickert

Alexa Rickert
MA in Mental Health Counseling'16

In reflecting on my time at Hofstra, I can truly say that it was one of the best times of my life. The two and a half years I spent at Hofstra became so fundamental and important in developing who I am personally, and who I hope to be professionally. I gained so much more than an amazing education throughout my time here. I gained confidence, continuous support that I know will always be there for me, an amazing skill set, and a new family. My peers became more than just my peers. I was always surrounded by so much support, encouragement, and kindness, that it was impossible to not flourish and grow. The faculty has such a passion here at Hofstra for passing on their skills and knowledge to students. The program was truly designed to create some of the best mental health counselors out there. I could always turn to faculty and peers in times of need, and I was always comforted throughout any struggles I may have faced. It is such an amazing feeling to know that I was a part of something so wonderful. I am proud to be a Hofstra alumna.

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Stacey Rivera

Stacey Rivera
MSED in Counseling'16

Being a part of Hofstra's Counseling program was an experience like no other. If I can offer just one piece of advice to the current students in the program it would be this: take advantage. The program offers you a great foundation, with amazing courses and professors, but it's up to you as a student to seek out opportunities to develop upon this foundation. Make friends with your cohort, join student organizations, seek out volunteer opportunities; make this time uniquely yours. I followed this advice and my experience was nothing short of amazing. Now that I am currently looking for positions, I find it's these experiences that have rounded out my development as a school counselor. And yes, searching for a school counselor position is by no means easy, but I remain optimistic and determined because I know it is possible. In fact, two members of my cohort have already found positions and it has only been about a month since we graduated! When all is said and done, you will probably feel as if your time at Hofstra flew by, and it will have. You will have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, and it is an amazing feeling. I cherish every moment I spent at Hofstra. I completed the program knowing I took full advantage of every opportunity I could to better prepare myself. I am now confident and willing to take on whatever challenge comes my way and I look forward to sharing future updates.

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Jessica Mott
MA in Mental Health Counseling'17

In 2014, I had a growing desire that I could not shake to pursue a Mental Health Counseling degree at Hofstra University. I had completed eight years in recovery from a life-controlling addiction that nearly took my life on multiple occasions, and I never thought that Hofstra could actually be a possibility for me. I filled out my application to the program "just to see" and more "for fun," not expecting anything in return. The day I was leaving the hospital from a major surgery, I received my first correspondence from Dr. John, who said she was considering my application and needed more information. I couldn't believe it! We set up a meeting, and she thoughtfully and compassionately listened to my story and decided to give me a chance in the program. I was ecstatic and couldn't believe that I was chosen. Since then, my journey at Hofstra has included some of the best experiences of my life. Every teacher I had in the program was passionate about what they were teaching and dedicated to the student. I grew closer to my cohort as the years went on, and made friends that I know will always be there for me. In the beginning of the program, I was excited and anxious with zero knowledge of what true counseling looked like. Now, I am more confident and secure in the counselor that I have become because of all of the experiences that Hofstra provided, from the teachings to the teachers to the practice sessions and internships. Completing my master's program at Hofstra was one of the best things I have ever done and I am excited to use everything I have learned to help hurting and broken people find healing and purpose in life like I did.

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Jessica Lai

Jessica Lai
MSED in School Counseling'17

My experience in the Counseling program at Hofstra was a memorable one. Let me tell you something: two years goes by faster than you can ever imagine, so work hard in your classes, join clubs and student organizations, and immerse yourself in all that Hofstra has to offer. One of the best parts of this program is that classes are small and intimate. Professors really take the time to get to know and work with each student individually. Two big pieces of advice I can give to you all is to volunteer and network, network, network! Volunteer at college fairs where you can assist students and families, while also connecting and establishing relationships with counselors and college reps. Volunteer at the school you're interning at whether it's helping out with an after-school homework club or assisting with various school events. I've also found it extremely beneficial to attend conferences pertinent to the field. You learn so much valuable information about relevant topics that you can use during interviews and in your career. These events are also great places to network with fellow counselors, teachers, and administrators.

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