Mental Health Student Intern
What is your main goal when working with a client?
My main goal is to provide a safe space where the counselor and client are able to collaborate in order for the client to work on past and present struggles or situations. I believe that the work of the client plays a crucial role in therapy and I want to ensure that the client feels fully accepted, known, loved, and safe in this environment at all times.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
My personal approach to counseling is influenced by Person-Centered Therapy. As each individual is unique and has different traits to offer, I will tailor my approach to the client and their needs. Depending on the client and situation, I like to incorporate various techniques of other therapy types, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, helping the client identify certain feelings or beliefs they have about themselves that may lead to their distress.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I have experience working in various ministries or organizations with teens and young adults, which I love! However, I look forward to working with a variety of clients and am not limited to a specific age group.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a Master’s level student intern under supervision as I work towards my licensure. I study at Palm Beach Atlantic University, which is a Christian-based institution. While my faith is important to me, it is never my intent to impose or force it upon anyone. Whether we incorporate faith into the sessions, is completely up to the client. I am actively
involved in various ministries and organizations for teens, in both the church and Foster Care system.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
I’ve always found myself drawn to listening to others share rather than sharing to a crowd about myself. This accompanied with my passion for helping others led me to consider counseling. During my undergraduate, I saw a significant need for mental health awareness and suicide prevention as those close to me opened up to me about their struggles. While I was honored that they trusted me, I realized the need for professional help as well. I felt the calling to the counseling profession and knew I wanted to be able to provide professional help to those placed in my path.
Tell us about your education.
I am currently a graduate student at Palm Beach Atlantic, where I am pursuing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Crisis & Trauma. In 2021, I received my Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, where I majored in Education Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Applications/Counseling and minored in Religion.