Loyola University Maryland


Giovanna: My First Year in Clinical Professional Counseling

Photograph of Giovanna smiling in a colorful dress.

by Giovanna Baisie-Arthur, M.S. Clinical Professional Counseling '21, Graduate Assistant, ALANA Services

My first year in the Clinical Professional Counseling program has been an amazing experience. While I have been super busy since I started the program, I know I am getting a worthwhile degree. Loyola was my first encounter with a Jesuit institution and to say the least, early on I noticed the differences. Loyola’s focus on the whole person could even be seen in some of the courses I took. Many of the professors emphasized reflecting on what we were learning in the course, and it is truly unique from other institutions. This was the first year that the psychology department tried a cohort style in a master's program. This was also something new that many of us, even professors had to get used to. My cohort from the beginning of the program became very close, which was a breath of fresh air. Everyone got along and we all assisted each other to do our best in all our classes. I would say choosing Loyola to continue my education was a great choice, and I am excited to continue in the program.

Cameron Di Leo


Passionate professors and the Clinical Professional Counseling program’s integration of Jesuit values help Cameron better serve his patients as a clinical counselor