Counseling interns are graduate students who have completed most, if not all, of their coursework in professional counseling or marriage and family therapy. They have a tremendous amount of education and training in counseling others, ethics, disciplines, interventions, and more. Counseling interns can still do GREAT therapy despite not having as much experience as their licensed counterparts. Each counselor and intern has their own life experience, and personal qualities that they bring to their clients.
In fact, an intern with self-awareness, deep compassion, and integrity can and will do better work for their clients than a fully licensed counselor with more experience who does not exhibit those same qualities. The arrangement between a client and a counselor is a relationship, and should be treated as such. If your counseling intern makes you feel valued, respected, and understood, then you are in good hands, regardless of whether they are licensed or not.
Counseling interns are still pliable and not yet set in their ways. They are in a continuous mindset of growth and self-improvement. While working with a seasoned clinician may sound like a better way to go, there are some strong positives of working with an intern. Because interns are new to the field they bring a lot of energy to the work—a different kind of energy than someone who has been in the field for many years. Since they are in school they are actively studying the most recent developments in mental health and psychology—maybe even taking classes with experts in the field. That they are actively working with a seasoned clinician as their supervisor means that you will essentially have two therapists for the “price” of one
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.
A necessary and basic feature of counseling and therapy is the collaborative relationship between the therapist and client otherwise known as therapeutic alliance. The goal of individual counseling is to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. A client and therapist will collaborate together may work together for as few as five or six sessions or a long term, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy. How do I get started? Your first step is to call us to schedule your initial appointment.
As a married man and over twenty years of marriage counseling experience, I understand that couples often endure difficult seasons.Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Marriage counseling can help couples to improve their relationship and other situations including:
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
- Substance abuse
Marriage counseling is often provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists. These therapists have graduate or postgraduate degrees .
Kwame utilizes the well respected and scientifically-validated PREPARE/ENRICH couples counseling program – one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. Kwame have years of experience with premarital counseling. With over 3 million couples who have benifited from PREPARE/ENRICH, it is considered the #1 relationship inventory and couples assessment tool!
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members.