Marriage and Family Therapy MA Students

An excellent way to learn more about the USF School of Education is to connect with a current student. Since the Marriage & Family Therapy program's class schedule varies by campus location, we recommend connecting with a current student that is attending your campus of interest. Campus location is noted in each ambassador's profile.

Nicole Havener

Academic Program: Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus: Santa Rosa Location
Email: rnhollahan@dons.usfca.edu
Hometown: Napa, CA

Why USF?

The mission statement fit my career goals and motivations. The program also allows me to remain working full-time.

What has been the highlight of your program so far?

The feeling of community within my cohort and with professors.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Don't rush your decision, take your time reaching out to students and professors to make sure the program matches what work you want to be doing later on.

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant?

 Bistro Don Giovanni, Napa

Todd Bellinger

Academic Program: Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus: Santa Rosa Location
Email: thbellinger@dons.usfca.edu
Hometown:
Sebastopol, CA

Why USF?

The School's commitment to social justice

What has been the highlight of your program so far?

Active support of the staff, who make me feel they actually want me to succeed.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Be yourselves. Ask for help. Reach for the stars!

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant?

Fishetarian, Bodega Bay

Delaynie Baldwin - Alumni Ambassador

Program: Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus: South Bay
Email: dkbaldwin@dons.usfca.edu
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
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Why did you choose USF?

I chose USF because of the faculty's commitment to social justice. My counseling psychology professors work in the field, advocating for marginalized communities and reimagining what it means to be a therapist. They bring these experiences into the classroom and enrich our learning experience. At USF, I can see that "changing the world from here" is a goal that our community strives towards every day.

Logistically, USF's South Bay location provides me the amazing opportunity to continue working full-time while pursuing my degree. The cohort model is also a huge advantage, and learning alongside a close group of classmates-turned-friends has been transformational for me.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

Throughout my program, we have had excellent preparation for our future careers as therapists. From guest speakers to mentorship to career fairs, the program has made me feel confident that I'll be able to get a job and start making a difference right away. A personal highlight was talking with a coordinator from an infant mental health program during my first year. It opened my eyes to a new field of counseling, and I felt empowered to ask the coordinator all kinds of questions about "real life" as a therapist in the comfortable environment of our classroom.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Remember that while programs are choosing you, YOU are also choosing THEM. Go with the program that feels like a natural fit to you, but will also push you out of your comfort zone into the learning zone. I know it's a stressful time, but remember that you have everything you need within you already. Be vulnerable and genuine throughout the application process and you'll find the perfect fit for you!

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant?

Oren's Hummus