Ariana De Pina '11


Substance Abuse Counselor at Specialized Treatment Education Prevention Services (S.T.E.P.S)

Nova Southeastern University, Masters in Mental Health Counseling Psychology from

Pine Manor College, Psychology Major

Brockton High School, Brockton, MA

Life After Graduation

In her current role as a substance abuse counselor, she sees individual clients on a weekly basis and runs groups for residential clients. She is also responsible for diagnosing her clients and developing treatment plans. Ariana credits Pine Manor with providing me “the guidance and attention I needed to be able to figure out what my true goals were in life and not what others wanted me to do.” Her career aspirations are to get her license in the state and in the future “to go back to school and get my Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling. I would like to open my own practice working with clients who primarily have substance abuse or trauma history.”

How PMC Helped Me

Graduating in 2011 with a degree in psychology, Ariana was the second in her family to attend Pine Manor College. Ariana’s older sister attended and graduated with a degree in biology. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Ariana took full advantage of every opportunity at the college to engage in the community and further her career interests. She was a teaching assistant for Introduction to Psychology. Her instructor and advisor, Professor Ramirez, remembers how passionate Ariana was about the topics and her dedication to helping the students succeed. “The students clearly admired Ariana and wanted to emulate her.”

Ariana was curious about people and this curiosity led her to explore many aspects of human behavior. To better understand the intricacies of the various disorders she was studying in Abnormal Psychology, Ariana focused her senior seminar paper on the self-esteem and self-regulation of individuals with antisocial personality disorder. Because of this interest in criminal justice, Ariana choose to do two internships in the court systems of Boston. For her exploratory internship, Ariana participated in the “Changing Lives Through Literature” program, which is a book discussion group for individuals on probation. She did her senior internship at the Roxbury District Court where she interviewed defendants new to the probation system and made home visits with the probation officer. Through this experience she learned that she wanted to pursue a degree in counseling psychology instead of forensic psychology.

Pine Manor is a small community in which each student is recognized as an individual and helped to realize their full potential. As Ariana said, “I would recommend Pine Manor due to the small classes, . . . and personalized attention given by each professor.” The personalized attention given to students during their undergraduate studies at Pine Manor allows students to develop the tools and skills need to successfully navigate graduate school at large universities like Ariana attended. In a recent survey of Pine Manor's psychology graduates, those graduates who had or were attending graduate school stated that they felt well prepared for graduate school and that they were on equal if not higher footing than their graduate classmates.