In January I begin my Practicum/Internship as part of my Masters program in Marriage & Family Therapy. This is crazy news for me, because essentially it means I will begin to take on clients as my own. Yes - I'll be doing therapy with real live people in a real, actual office.
Different students take a different approach to their internships, and I've opted to go the route of private practice. I'm reaching out, building my own client base, and that means asking you to refer me if the opportunity presents itself. So, you'll notice a new link on the PARDYMAMA site that directs you to my info if you want to lend my contact info to someone you know, or let your church or work know that they can get counseling at a very affordable price.
As an Intern, I won't make a cent for the next 20 months. So, my "fee" is insanely low since it just covers the cost for my Supervisors to allow me to practice at their location. (We're talking like $20 - $45 on average for a session.)
I know what you're thinking "Umm, are you READY for this? Are you even qualified?" And I assure you that no one considers these inquiries more than yours truly. In fact, several friends and family have already raised their eyebrows, given me the stink-eye, and awkwardly asked the very same questions. And, I don't blame them.
Here's the deal: Yes, I'm eager and ready and have been trained to handle certain circumstances and know where to turn when I don't. Yes, I am also anxious about the initial people and issues and problems that I might encounter where it will be uncomfortable or beyond my scope of readiness. No, I'm not doling out advice to people about what "I think" they should do with their lives. No, I'm not here to change people or heal them or enforce my belief system on them. That's NOT what therapy is. And, for more info on why I've decided to become a therapist and what therapy actually is, please read my posts here and here about it.
I'm here to listen. I'm here to engage. I'm here to help. I'm here to use the gifts like empathy, understanding, and compassion that Jesus models for us. I'm here to team up with my clients and help them tap into resources they already have access too and motivate them in their own desires for change and healing. This is a team effort, with an incredibly intricate support system in place to help guide me and my clients along the way. And that I am STOKED for.
Please pray for me and my future clients as I take this brave step into a new chapter in the year ahead. I appreciate your support more than you know, and I'm grateful for any friends, family, and strangers you refer to me.
Let the adventure begin!