Jennifer Friedrich, Psychology

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Jennifer Friedrich

Psychology Student

"When I was an undergrad, I never even thought about getting a PhD," said Jennifer Friedrich. "But once I was getting my master's at Saybrook, I never thought twice about it."

Now a PhD student in clinical psychology, Jennifer said she's thrilled to have found a school that is both excellent career training and compatible with her values.

"I found that most schools are very conservative or traditionalist or cookie cutter, but even during my admissions process the administrative staff and faculty at Saybrook were very one-on-one, mentoring, humanistic, and kind," she said. "My education is really opening the doors to many different opportunities – my master's really prepared me for a job in the field."

She's also surprised herself another way, discovering that she has a passion for working with children who are victims of trauma … a field she'd never expected to find herself in.

"It's really hard work, but it's extremely rewarding," Jennifer said. "When you teach a child something and they are able to implement it and verbalize it and it actually works for them, it's the greatest thing in the world. It's better than a paycheck: I know I'm giving them a tool that they can use for the rest of their life."

She's starting her own business working with kids who have gone through complex trauma, and is focusing her dissertation on the things she wants to better understand in that field.

"I'm bringing what Saybrook has taught me into the community," Jennifer said. "I really feel the knowledge I've gained and the different ideas I can bring forward will make a difference."