Belinda Adame MA '15

Belinda Adame MA ’15 pursued a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity because she wanted to help individuals navigate transitions, achieve growth, and assist during their transformation process. “At times, brokenness is seen as something negative, but I think it is an opportunity to rebuild, restore, and develop a different outlook,” she said. “I enjoy guiding individuals to overcome obstacles, discover strengths, and identify what makes them feel empowered. It is a humbling experience to witness.”

Adame, who recently transitioned from being a clinical support services manager at a community mental health agency to director of counseling and wellness at Judson University, in Elgin, Ill., was interested in attending Trinity for multiple reasons. “I wanted to attend a school that focused on Christian values and integrated my beliefs with a calling I felt passionate about,” said Adame, who also works as a resource staff member at a local psychiatric hospital. She was also attracted to Trinity’s smaller class sizes, which were similar to what she experienced at Aurora University, where she earned her undergraduate degree. “Additionally, the accelerated program allowed me to learn skills in class while putting these into practice at a social services agency,” she said.

During her time at Trinity, Adame said her best experiences involved practicing her counseling skills with her peers. “Obtaining feedback was helpful and necessary to learn more about my counseling style,” she said. “I have also been blessed with the support from professors, such as Dr. Kara Wolff, post-graduation. She helped me obtain my provisional license and motivated me to pursue my clinical license. I am appreciative of the encouragement she offered during these career milestones.”

Whether considering graduate school or other life change, Adame calls upon verses from Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

“This Bible verse has helped me in every season of my life,” she said. “I encourage everyone to find a promise that speaks to them and sustains them during change and transitions.”