Skip to main content
Rochelle and Milton McLelland, MSC/MHC '12

Rochelle and Milton McLelland, MSC/MHC '12

Meet Rochelle and
Milton McLelland,

Working part time as a behavioral specialist at a children’s inpatient psychiatry unit, raising two young children and fostering teenage boys left Milton and Rochelle McLelland with their hands full. Yet both Rochelle and Milton had the shared goal of becoming licensed counselors, which required them to earn their master’s degrees.

Through a nearby University of Phoenix campus, the couple was able to attend class one evening a week together, in addition to their time spent with their learning teams throughout the week, and complete their coursework during the week at their convenience. 

“Wednesday night became our date night. We would grab some food and attend class together." – Rochelle McLelland, MSC/MHC '12

Pulling together

Rochelle had some initial reservations about continuing her education due to fear of public speaking. “I have never been considered a straight-A student or had a comfort level presenting in front of people," she explains. "But through my program at University of Phoenix, I overcame that fear of public speaking quickly!”

Milton’s biggest fear was the writing component of earning a master’s degree. “I wondered if I would be able to write to the standards required because I have struggled with writing all my life," says Milton. "My wife helped me in this area by reviewing my papers and offering feedback.”

Stepping stones

After graduating with their master’s degrees in counseling, Rochelle and Milton both found jobs at Southwest Behavioral Health as counselors. Rochelle is a mental health counselor who works primarily with individuals struggling with borderline personality disorder. She has also found a niche in doing trauma work with those who suffer from abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Milton works as a mental health counselor with both adults and youth. 

A steppingstone to new things

"My degree program has been a great steppingstone into my career," says Rochelle was very satisfied with the education she received. "My instructors were all working in the counseling field, which was invaluable because I got to learn about their experiences, successes and challenges.”

And the couple enjoyed attending classes together. “Wednesday nights became our date night. We would grab some food and attend class together," says Rochelle.

Counseling programs are available in select locations.

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative by calling 866.766.0766.

In order to practice as a Counselor in any state, the student must be licensed as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist), or other comparable state license designation. License requirements may vary.  It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice.