Jessica Gaul, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at Antioch University, Seattle

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Colin Ward, Ph.D., Committee Chair

Mariaimee Gonzalez, Ph.D., Committee Member

Stephanie Thorson-Olesen, Ph.D., Committee Member


counselor, counseling, professional identity, burnout, quantitative, transformative learning theory

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This study examines counselor professional identity and burnout for clinical mental health counselors. The population of focus included licensed or license-eligible Clinical Mental Health Counselors, who were post-grad (N=53). Participants then completed the Professional Identity Scale in Counseling - Short Form and the Maslach Burnout Inventory–Human Services Survey. When examining the findings regarding the relationship between Counselor Professional Identity and Burnout for this study, the initial observation revealed the validity and applicability of the MBI-HSS to clinical mental health counselors. Though a relationship between Burnout and Counselor Professional Identity was not identified, relationships between sub-scale items were noteworthy. Implications for counselor education and supervision are presented. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (


ORCID: 0009-0004-0633-5212