Alumni, Community and Student Engagement Initiatives

In Their Own Words…

Kristen Orakwue, LMFT

Kristen is a clinician at FSW, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT, she coordinates the Fairfield U. Urban Grant Initiative and is co-owner of Collaborative Counseling Group in Trumbull, CT. She graduated from Fairfield U’s MFT program in 2007.

It’s true what they say…”do what you love and everything else will fall in to place”. As soon as I read the description of the program on Fairfield’s website I knew that the MFT program was for me. With each class I was more invested and excitied about doing the work. A unique set of circumstances sent me to Europe for part of my internship, and I was very fortunate to get a job at a great agency after graduation where I have continued to get an excellent clinical education. A year or so after graduation I was asked to speak on a panel about life after graduation in Dr. Haug’s class. Some months later one of the panelists who I had previously only met once before asked me if I would be interested in becoming a member of the CTAMFT board of directors. Prior to being asked it had occurred to me that I should get more involved with the CTAMFT, to have a better idea of what was going on in the MFT community and maybe for networking purposes… talk about going from zero to sixty.

Maintaining relationships with some of the faculty from the program has also resulted in other enriching opportunities that otherwise would not have come my way. From time to time I have referred to myself as having great professional “luck” however after further reflection it seems to me it’s more of a combination of great training, a thirst for knowledge and the recognition that the more I know, the more I’m interested in learning.

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