Breanne Hiivala, MS

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Associate

Breanne is a career counselor and is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Her objective is to serve as an advocate for students to be resilient, resourceful, autonomous beings within the contexts of their global community.


Ed.D. Counselor Education & Supervision | Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (ABD, anticipated graduation May 2018)

M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, College Counseling & Student Development | St. Cloud State University, MN

B.A. Psychology | St. Cloud State University, MN

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Professional Practice: 

Breanne worked in banking leadership for six years. After transitioning to her career in counseling, she has served in a variety of roles in counseling & higher education including: sexual assault victims advocate, career counselor, instructor, supervisor for master's level counseling interns, and employee assistance consulting. She recently moved back to Minnesota from Oregon, where she worked as an Assistant Director of Career Development at Oregon State University.

She uses an ecological and contemplative approach in counseling. Her approach to counseling is supported by career construction, chaos, and ecowellness theories of counseling & career development. Breanne believes that career and wellbeing are an intimate part of our human existence and encourages students to honor their personal journey and whole self in the process of self-discovery.

Select Presentations: 

Lewis, J., Hiivala, B., Lindstrom Bremer, & Coursol, D., Kassa, H. (2017) Undergraduates’ Career Beliefs and Happenstance: Implications for Advising and Retention, American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) presentation

Hiivala, B. (2016) Be Kind and Unwind: The Professional Ethics of Self-Care and Well-Being, Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA) presentation

Lewis, J., Hiivala, B., Kaistha, N., Baker, M. (2016) Integrating Social Justice and Advocacy into Graduate Preparation: Lessons Learned through Collaboration, American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) presentation

Hiivala, B., Kaistha, N., Baker, M. (2016) Queering Safe Space: An Integrative Examination of Safe Zone Programs, American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) presentation

Hiivala, B., Lewis, J. (2015) Covert Matters: A Critical Examination of Gender Based Microaggression and Its Relevance in the Preparation of Counselor Educators and Trainees, Association for Counselor Education Supervision (ACES) National Conference presentation

Hiivala, B., Kehrweld, K., Felten, B., Foss, J., Moore, A. (2014) Low-Income, High Potential: Promoting Equity and Success for Low-Income Students, MCPA Fall Conference presentation

Haller, K., Hiivala, B., Roberts, H., Young, R. (2013) Issues and Ethics related to Modern Technology in Rehabilitation Counseling, Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA) Spring Conference presentation

Areas of Interest: 

Ecowellness, career development for underrepresented populations, career development throughout the lifespan, campus ecology, social justice and advocacy, wellbeing, mindfulness, contemplative studies