Celia Hilden

Celia Hilden is a Social Work practicum student at Mala. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She finds value in interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and getting to hear about their life experiences. She strives to build a healthy and comforting relationship between her and her clients to promote growth and support social-emotional wellbeing.


Education: Bachelors in Psychology, a Minor in Anthropology & Sociology, and Concentration in Human Services from Albion College. Current Masters of Social Work candidate at the University of Michigan with an expected graduation date of April 2024


Why did you become a mental health professional: I want to be a mental health professional because I am passionate about increasing access to and normalizing mental health services. The process of scheduling a therapy session should hold no stigma; it is no different than scheduling an eye or dentist appointment. I want to be a comforting and helpful resource for my clients, giving them a space to share and grow.


What is your favorite thing about your job: My favorite thing about my job is that the learning never ends. I want to continue to update my knowledge and expand my skill base throughout my career, so I can provide relevant and effective services.

What is your ultimate wish for every client: My wish for every client is to make progress towards the goals they set. Even if they take five steps back, one tiny step forward is still progress.


What is your favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi


Who is someone who inspires you: Taylor Swift. She has been a role model of mine since I was in third grade because she empowers girls and women to be themselves. Her music validates emotions and shows that they are healthy to have and express.


What is your favorite self help book: I love the 5-Minute Stress Relief by Elena Welsh, PhD. This book is perfect for anyone who struggles to sit down and read for long periods of time. It takes only five minutes, and you can open any page for an exercise to calm and relax the mind.