Jeremy Patton

What are you doing now?

I am a licensed professional counselor in Alabama and a national certified counselor. I currently own a private practice where I provide individual, family, and group therapy with individuals ranging in age from adolescents to adults.

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

Ever since I was a child, I had an intrinsic interest in psychology. I have always been interested in individuals' behaviors and thought processes, and I enjoyed listening and speaking with people, so becoming a therapist seemed natural. The psychology program provided me with a strong background in the history and systems of psychology, and it provided me with helpful information to make a decision as to which direction to pursue. I especially enjoyed my social and clinical psychology classes and through discussions with my advisor (with whom I developed a wonderful professional relationship), I decided to apply to the Community Counseling program at UNA. My involvement with the Psychology Department and the Counseling program has been amazing, and has shaped me as a person.

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

I would tell students that are interested in psychology to just feel it out, talk to the professors, and build a wonderful relationship with them and their advisor. Talk and hang around the people who have what you want, and stop doing things that aren't working for you. If something isn't working out, move on to something else!