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The Therapist Career

Licensed in the State of California

Licensed in the State of California

I have been officially licensed for one month! In a nutshell, this means I completed graduate school, attained 3000 clinical hours in a variety of categories, and passed two licensing exams. The Board of Behavioral Sciences gathered all this information and deemed me competent to reach […]

You Better be Praising Your Clients!

This post will be short, concise, and straightforward. It’s been a very busy week with a lot of awesome sessions, and a common theme has stood out to me: We don’t give people nearly enough validation. I believe in the power of genuine compliments. I […]

So You Wanna Be a Therapist?

I’m really, really lucky because I’ve basically wanted to be a therapist as soon as I needed to pin down and figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up Because of that, I was fortunate enough to start my career and brave this […]

All therapists deserve to be paid

I work in Southern California and have been lucky enough to secure both part-time and full-time employment opportunities throughout my 3000-hour (500 left to go!) internship. I refuse to provide my therapeutic expertise for free and haven’t done so since the day I completed graduate […]

Standing for Change.

I am a therapist with an undergraduate degree in psychology and graduate degree in marriage and family therapy. I have obtained nearly 2500 clinical hours in schools, outpatient settings, rehabs, and hospitals working with various clients, and I genuinely love what I do. I have […]

Are We Ever Ready to Say Goodbye to Our Clients?

The therapeutic relationship is unique in the sense that it may very well be the only relationship we enter with the intention of leaving. Our clients come to us with a concern of some sort, a malady that has impeded their quality of life, and […]

This is what it feels like when a client commits suicide

Initially, it feels like the ultimate failure. It is the manifestation of the therapist’s worst nightmare, the brutal indication that someone could not be reached, that a life could not be saved, that a death to mental illness had to happen. Initially, there are so many […]

The Unmarried and Childless Marriage and Family Therapist

I am in my young twenties, at the beginning of my professional career as a marriage and family therapist intern, and I am neither a spouse or a parent. I have completed hundreds of therapy sessions with children of all ages, married adults, and couples. […]