Molloy Professor and Graduate Student in the News
A professor and student from Molloy's clinical mental health counseling program discuss careers in a growing field.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in mental health?
As a senior at the Bronx High School of Science, I took a psychology course that involved volunteering once a week at Montefiore Medical Center with children. I worked with a child life specialist and other mental health professionals as part of a team to help reduce children's anxiety before and during medical treatments. The experience was so rewarding that I knew I wanted to be in a clinical role helping people. Although I planned on going to medical school, once I learned about psychology and counseling, I knew that this was the path for me. The variety and flexibility of career choices and the different roles I have had in my career are one of the things I love best. I currently work in higher education as a professor and administrator. In the past, I have been a clinician, clinical supervisor and researcher in many different kinds of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, community clinics and schools. I have worked doing neuropsychological assessments and cognitive retraining in brain injury units, and as part of a clinical team conducting community research at a neurology clinic. I have maintained a part-time private practice over the years. Each role over the years has challenged me to learn new skills so that I can evolve and implement better ways to help patients, clients and students. My current position at Molloy College is my favorite role as I wear many different hats, and I love mentoring and interacting with our graduate students.
Laura Kestemberg, Ph.D. Assistant Dean and Director, Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I chose to pursue a career in mental health because I have always enjoyed helping people. Not only can I do that, but I can be a part of a health profession that is quickly growing as our society becomes more aware of the importance of mental health.
Graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling