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Morgan Cosby Howson, Marriage & Family Therapy MA Alumna 

I am grateful for the breadth of knowledge and experience I gained in the MA program at USF. My degree prepared me well for a meaningful and successful career as a psychotherapist, and I still love my job. The cohort model and small class size at USF allowed me to develop close relationships with both peers and professors, many of whom are colleagues and mentors to this day. After graduation, I was hired as a School Counselor at an independent school in San Francisco. I then established a private practice, where I continue to work today.

In addition to my MFT practice, I am a Certified Perinatal Trauma Consultant and have been a Psychology Instructor for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison. My coursework at USF also provided the foundation to complete post-graduate certification in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

Please feel free to contact me with questions about the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at USF.


Alexis Kalikman, Marriage & Family Therapy MA Alumna

What is your background and education?

Alexis Kalikman, Marriage and Family Therapy MA AlumniI graduated from USF with a Masters in Counseling Psychology in August 2008 and obtained my Marriage and Family Therapy license in 2011. I now have a private practice on Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights. I see children and their families.

What are your favorite parts about the MFT program at USF?

I appreciate how invested and approachable the faculty are at USF. I refer clients to some of my former professors and they have been a great resource for me.

WHAt advice would you give to someone considering this program?

My advice to students would be to read and research all that you can while in school. While I am always learning and exploring, I don’t have the time to research all of the areas I would like to expand my knowledge. I tend to stick to the topics that are pertinent to my current client population.

I would also encourage students to get trainee and internship placements that are as challenging as possible. USF offers so much support during the traineeship year. It is helpful to experience your most difficult clients when you are surrounded by people who can help you. I am glad that I was challenged so much as a student because it made me prepared for life on my own in private practice.