Alicia Winkle

What are you doing now?

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Madison, AL and am running my private practice where I provide individual mental health counseling for children, adolescents, and adults.

How did UNA’s Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

The Psychology program at UNA laid the foundation for my knowledge of the mind, how people behave, and insight on diagnoses and how they can impact individuals. The individual attention I received at UNA from the faculty was amazing and surprising. I never imagined I would be able to go into a college professor’s office and openly talk to my professors and feel confident that they would respect me and treat me like an adult.  This support helped me in my transition from a teenager into a young adult. Even after graduating from UNA, the support did not stop. Dr. Bates and Dr. Carrasco wrote letters of recommendation, not only for job opportunities, but for admission to graduate school, and helped me to openly and honestly discuss my options after UNA.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

Have a passion. If you decide to major in Psychology, do it because your love and passion for it is so strong that you cannot imagine yourself doing anything else. You have the opportunity to help people better understand themselves and possibly assist them in beginning the process of change in their own lives. You can become an advocate for the field of Psychology so that it is not ignored and people are talking about the brain, how we behave, and how to make positive changes in society.  Another important aspect is to know that the professors are passionate about teaching and the work they do at UNA. If you decide on this program, the support from this faculty you receive will be remarkable.