Calling to Counseling
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Natalie Eick (’12), sociology/psychology major, found her mission field within the walls of her graduate program in the clinical psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she studies clinical child psychology. Natalie hopes to graduate in July 2018 with her doctorate and says she feels called to be in this program and with these people.
Her typical day depends on whether she is in class or at practicum. On a school day, Natalie has one to three classes. On other days she sees anywhere from 6-10 therapy clients. Add to that additional training, supervision and administrative meetings. It’s quite a schedule.
Natalie is in the third year of her program, completing a therapy practicum. Working under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist at Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, she engages children, families and individuals in regular talk, group and play therapy. This fall, she will begin her advanced practicum at Olivet Nazarene University’s Counseling & Health Services Office.
“The opportunity to work at ONU is one of the most exciting opportunities I have yet to experience,” Natalie says. “Since beginning my journey in psychology, I have felt led to pursue involvement in Nazarene higher education.”
The position at ONU will allow her to not only counsel students, but also be involved in student development programs.
Natalie says that while she feels called to be a professor in Christian higher education someday, she also feels called to work as a child and adolescent psychologist.
“During my time at MNU, I found my calling to minister to others through therapy,” Eick said. “Jesus often reminds me through scripture that His calling is why I do what I do and that I am a servant of my clients’ souls.”
- Goals: become child/adolescent psychologist, then a professor in Christian higher education
- “If I stay within the walls of the Kingdom, how will the Kingdom get any bigger?”
- Enjoys going out to dinner with friends and to Chicago’s downtown river walk. She recommends a pan-Asian place called Joy Yee