The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the experience of wellness in counselor education doctoral students who are mothers of children under the age of 18. Seven participants from universities in the southeastern region of the United States completed two rounds of interviews and one focus group. Participants were at varying stages of motherhood and different points in their doctoral journeys. Findings included participants' views of motherhood and womanhood, sacrifices and rewards, counselor education program support, wellness, and dissonance of multiple roles. Findings were compared within and across cases using themes and categories. Suggestions for further research as well as implications for this population and counselor education are offered.

Author Biography

Latoya Anderson Pierce holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. Her main area of expertise is cultural diversity and her research interests include gender studies, multicultural counseling and competence, and wellness.

Barbara Herlihy holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Professor at the University of New Orleans. Her major publications and contributions to the field of counseling are in the areas of legal/ethical issues, gender issues, and diversity.