Kyle Karalash | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Kyle Karalash

Kyle Karalash

Research Area: 
Family Therapy, LGBTQ+
Summary: 

I have a great connection with all of my advisors. Our relationships are open and supportive - they are always around with resources, support, feedback and general conversations

Program

Couple and Family Therapy, field within Family Relations & Applied Nutrition

Why I Chose Guelph… 

This was pretty much the best option for the field that I hope to work in; with the clinical training and the coursework, it provides the most experiential learning and gives me an opportunity to really make a different in my own life and the lives of my clients. I feel that I would not be as prepared to join the profession had I gone into a different program elsewhere. 

About My Advisor… 

I have a great connection with all of my advisors. Our relationships are open and supportive - they are always around with resources, support, feedback and general conversations. They are especially helpful when you relocate from further away, because they always make sure to check in with how I am doing. 

About the City of Guelph… 

Guelph has incredible architecture. I also like that it has the small town vibe, which provides a sense of familiarity for me. It is a very welcoming community, while still allowing me to have my own space. 

Being a Graduate Student at Guelph… 

It is tiring. There is a lot of work to be done – there will be the typical homework, client work, our research, plus preparing and planning for what is next. I definitely have no trouble keeping busy. But it is also a great feeling to be doing the work I've been working towards; it's more rewarding and I am learning a lot about myself and my field. 

My Future Plans… 

I hope to work in an agency to continue gaining experience with client work, and to work on building my own practice at the same time. I plan to eventually establish an LGBTQ+ affirming Therapy Centre, and to facilitate workshops that build more competence in working professionals working with diverse clients. This program has really enhanced my desire to carry out my goal - and the experience has definitely set me on the right path. 

Other Thoughts… 

If you’re looking study closely with academic advisors and to build strong connections, Guelph is great for that. There is plenty of opportunity for financial assistance, so don't let that worry take too much control - ask questions and someone will be happy to help locate resources. 

About Campus… 

There is a lot to see. The campus feels big at first, so there are some neat "adventures" if you like to walk. There is also always something interesting going on. People are friendly enough to help with directions if you are lost. 

About My Program… 

My program has only eight people per cohort, so the learning is intimate and discussions are very deep and fulfilling. The idea of being a part of something bigger than just schoolwork. Opening minds, creating change.