Master of Science in Counseling
The University of Bridgeport’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is the most diverse and most advanced clinical mental health counselor training program in the State of Connecticut. We specialize in training the therapeutic counselors of tomorrow in today’s most effective evidence-based practices. Our program places interns in all the best clinical sites in Southern Connecticut. Our graduates are among the most highly qualified practitioners in the state.
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Dedicated to the pursuit of the highest standards in the counseling profession
The Counseling Program promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to community service. Our curriculum is offered in a culturally diverse, supportive learning environment that prepares counselors using evidenced supported therapies.
- 60 credit hours
Time to Completion
Program can be completed in as little as 2 years. Part-time tracks are also available.
There are three dimensions to your development as a counselor:
- Your personal growth and development (you as a person who counsels)
- Your intellectual growth and development (your professional knowledge)
- Your counseling skill set
Our 60-credit trauma-informed curriculum meets licensure requirements and is designed to address all three dimensions, inspiring personal growth, building professional knowledge and honing counseling skills. Our courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working adults.
Supervised internship experience is critical to counselor development and job placement. Clinical mental health counseling students complete a full year of field experience, summer (practicum), fall (internship 1) and spring (internship 2). Our students intern in mental health and substance abuse clinical settings including hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, outpatient programs and residential treatment facilities. Practicum and internship courses meet weekly for didactic training and student reflective practice under the supervision of University of Bridgeport faculty.
UB Expert Faculty
Allison Buller, PhD, LPC
Dr. Buller is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology at the University of Bridgeport. Allison completed her PhD in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University, where she received several grants to support her dissertation study, "Exploring the Experiences of Counselor Educators Recognized for Their Excellence in Teaching." Her research interests include best practices counselor education and teaching counseling, Naturopathic Medicine, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Fredrick Dombrowski, PhD
Dr. Dombrowski received his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University and has maintained active memberships in several state, regional, and national counseling organizations. He has specialized in the mental health treatment of LGBTQIA+ populations and has presented at local and national conferences on his work with the transgender population. He looks to continue to work with children and adults through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective as well as continue to advocate for the field of clinical mental health counseling.
Liane Leedom, MD
Dr. Leedom is a psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She obtained a BS in Psychobiology from USC and an MD from the USC Keck School of Medicine, where she was active in research, publishing many papers regarding the psychoneuroendocrinolgy of behavior. She also studied neuroscience and researched sex steroid effects on the brain and behavior at Yale. Dr. Leedom currently studies the impact of personality disorders on parenting and the family.
The Office of Student Financial Services at UB will help bring your goals within reach by connecting you with a variety of federal, state and private programs that offer loans, grants, scholarships and other awards. There are many financial aid options available to prospective students.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS degree program in the College of Science and Society at University of Bridgeport through March 31, 2028.