Mikal is an Associate Professor with the Graduate Programs in Counseling & Human Relations. Prior to joining the Husson Faculty, she was a staff psychologist at the Counseling & Psychological Services Center and then Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Program in School Counseling at Frostburg State University in Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and her master's and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University and West Virginia University respectfully. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in psychology at the University of Maine Counseling Center, and knew she would return to Maine when the right opportunity presented itself. She holds credentials as a Licensed Psychologist in Maine and a National Certified Counselor.
Mikal has a strong commitment to well-being and balance in personal and professional functioning. She infuses the ethic of self-care and counselor well-being into the courses she teaches. She further encourages self-exploration and self-reflection in her students to mitigate impairment and burnout in their personal and professional lives.
In addition to self-care and wellness, Mikal is active in research on the challenges and rewards of counseling practice in rural, small town and "neighborhood" settings, and how self-care and well-being occur in such environments.
One of the most important things a therapist can do for their clients is to have a clear sense of their own identity and a strong commitment to self-care. In the courses I teach, we spend a great deal of time discussing well-functioning and impairment, and the impact of mental health work on the practitioner. I want students to go into the profession with a clear understanding of both the rewards and the risks to them of engaging in such work. It is my intention as a counselor educator to help them gain awareness of the challenges and also ways to manage such challenges effectively.
As a firm believer and avid practitioner of self-care, I stress the importance of daily attention to ones own sense of well-being. To this end, I practice what I preach! I love to swim, sail, cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike and sit by the water and read. Together with my husband and funky little dog, I find as many excuses to be outdoors as possible in all four seasons. And what would a day be like without at least one good belly laugh!