Breanne Hiivala, MS, LPC

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Full-Time Faculty Member, Student Advisor

As a counselor educator, I find the opportunity to guide others on their journey from student to helping professional as a tremendous honor. I am grateful to be in a profession in which I can help students reach their diverse personal and professional goals. My objective is to guide students to be resilient, resourceful advocates within the context of their global community.

As a person with experience in corporate supervision and student affairs, I have cultivated skills in building rapport and working alliances with students. I believe that students are at the center of their journey. I do not view myself as an expert, but rather a respectful and genuine guide. My goal is to foster a positive self-concept in students and encourage curiosity, humility, and self-exploration as they work toward their professional goals.

I started my career as a leader in the banking industry for six years. After transitioning to her career in counseling, I have served in a variety of roles including; sexual assault victims advocate, career counselor, instructor, supervisor for master's level counseling interns, assistant director of career development, and employee assistance consulting. I have worked in college career counseling and EAP settings, providing high quality interventions for students and employees facing complex home and work life issues. In addition, I have provided clinical supervision to graduate counseling students teaching in career readiness programs.

I am currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Minnesota and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In addition, I have received my Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy certificate from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA).

I use an ecological and contemplative approach in teaching and counseling and I believe that career and wellbeing are an intimate part of our human existence. I encourage every student at Adler Graduate School to honor their personal journey and whole self in the process of self-discovery.

Please email or call me (612.767.7060) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


Ed.D., Counselor Education and Supervision | Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dissertation topic: Examining the relationship between nature relatedness, nature exposure, and quality of work life in higher education professionals

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

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

B.E.S. Community Psychology | St. Cloud State University

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Professional Membership: 
  • American College Student Personnel Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Technology Network Member
  • Minnesota Rehabilitation Association
  • Chi Sigma Iota, National Honor Society, Rho Delta Alpha Chapter (2013-2014)
Select Presentations: 
  • Lewis, J., Kaasa, H., Eaton, R., Coursol, D., Hiivala, B. (2018) Providing culturally responsive supervision by addressing the intersectionality of identities. Presentation at the North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Fall Conference, Cleveland, OH.
  • Lewis, J., Baker, C., Hiivala, B., Kaasa, H., Coursol, D., Lindstrom Bremer, K. (2017) Career beliefs of counseling students: Implications for the training of future counselors. Presentation at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Fall Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lewis, J., Hiivala, B., Lindstrom Bremer, & Coursol, D., Kassa, H. (2017) Undergraduates’ career beliefs and happenstance: Implications for advising and retention. Presentation at the American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) Spring Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Hiivala, B. (2016) Be kind and unwind: The professional ethics of self-care and well-being, Presentation af the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA) Fall Conference, Duluth, MN.
  • Lewis, J., Hiivala, B., Kaistha, N., Baker, M. (2016) Integrating Social Justice and Advocacy into Graduate Preparation: Lessons Learned through Collaboration. Presentation at the American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) Spring Conference, Montréal, CA.
  • Hiivala, B., Kaistha, N., Baker, M. (2016) Queering Safe Space: An Integrative Examination of Safe Zone Programs. Presentation at the American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) Spring Conference, Montréal, CA.
  • 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, Fall Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hiivala, B., Kehrweld, K., Felten, B., Foss, J., Moore, A. (2014) Low-Income, High Potential: Promoting Equity and Success for Low-Income Students, Minnesota College Personnel Association presentation, Fall Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Haller, K., Hiivala, B., Roberts, H., Young, R. (2013) Issues and Ethics related to Modern Technology in Rehabilitation Counseling. Presentation at Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA) Spring Conference, Hinkley, MN.
Awards (Academic & Professional): 


Dr. Richard Annis Research Scholarship for Counselor Educators, Minnesota State University, Mankato


Mind and Life Institute Graduate Student Scholarship

ACPA's Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals Scholarship

President's Commission on the Status of Women Research & Professional Development Grant Minnesota


Minnesota Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association academic scholarship

Minnesota College Personnel Association Graduate Student Scholarship

Eugene R. Perkins Scholarship for Rehabilitation Counseling Students

Areas of Interest: 

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