Chere M. Sampson ’95
MS Mental Health Counseling
What brought you to St. Thomas University?
I carefully selected St. Thomas University because it offered the most suitable course for my post graduate degree. I appreciated the positive environment. I liked the idea of going to a Catholic university. (I had attended a Catholic high school for girls in Jamaica.)
Where are you now and what are you doing?
I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and author of the recently published book, Can You See What Eye See? Envision a Better You and a Better World.
What do you like most about what you are doing?
I am grateful for the opportunity to guide the ones who are seeking positive change to attain the mindset for resilient and joyful living; witnessing how people can change their life satisfaction by changing their thoughts, then their feelings, and ultimately their actions.
How did your experience at St. Thomas University shape your career path?
My experience at St Thomas University was an essential step to this career with the benefits of a diverse population and the camaraderie of the students. My education at St Thomas University gave me the academic training to earn a degree and the credentials to pursue this career of psychotherapy to help others change and grow
Share your favorite St. Thomas University memory?
While I have many fond memories, I mindfully savored every aspect of my graduation, wanting to preserve those special moments as I moved forward.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were attending St. Thomas University?
Some of the most important things I learned are the benefits of reinforcing values and goals and the belief that all things are possible.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
My advice is to be open to learning every day and recognize that everyone you meet knows something that you don’t. The ability to have your clients feel that you care about their well-being.