Director's welcome

Message from the DirectorLeah Clarke 2020

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Counseling at Messiah University. We are committed to helping students attain the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for professional counselors who wish to help meet the needs of today’s society.

The counseling program at Messiah emphasizes personal growth. We encourage each student to gain competencies, values, and beliefs that will enhance and facilitate the helping process. Our faculty is a diverse group of experienced counselors and scholars who will take time to mentor you in your education, faith, and career. We are passionate about developing the next generation of counselors and meeting the needs of our students.

Students who successfully graduate with a counseling degree from Messiah are academically prepared to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or a certified school counselor in Pennsylvania as well as many other states. With a master's degree in counseling, graduates can expect to make a lasting impact on their communities, colleagues, students and students' families.

Graduates have successfully obtained positions in elementary and secondary schools as well as community mental health organizations, services agencies, substance abuse facilities, hospitals, and crisis units.

If you have a desire to learn and grow as you prepare to serve society as a counselor, I encourage you to join us in the counseling program at Messiah University.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Leah K. Clarke, PhD, LPC, NCC
Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling