Miranda Byl is a current social work practicum student at Mala. She is completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan, specializing in interpersonal practice with children and families. She emphasizes how social work involves advocating for human rights, respecting diversity, and demonstrating culturally competent activism. She strives to provide exceptional care that fosters healing, improves social-emotional wellness, and embraces inclusivity. She is passionate about helping children and teens identify and practice healthy coping skills to assist in overcoming hardships and strengthening emotional wellness.



Bachelors in Psychology & Sociology and a Minor in Dance from Hope College.

Currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan.

Why did you decide to become a mental health professional?

I believe working in mental health is not just a profession, but a passion. I decided to pursue this helping profession to apply selflessness, courage, and compassion in my professional life. I am passionate about normalizing mental health care and reducing the stigma of asking for help, especially within adolescent populations. I hope to use my enthusiasm and empathy to partner with clients to process difficult emotions and work to develop, learn, and grow.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is the opportunity to learn from many mental health professionals in the field and build transparent and trusting relationships with faculty and clients. At Mala, I get to provide high-quality care that brings out a client’s strengths, utilizing a strength-based approach that promotes resilience and personal growth. I desire to continuously learn how to skillfully advocate for clients from various backgrounds, and acknowledge and embrace their individuality.

What is your ultimate wish for every client?

My wish for every client is to feel empowered and experience a true sense of belonging. I hope to create safe spaces for clients where they can be vulnerable and bring out their fully authentic self.


What is your favorite quote?

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” -Brené Brown