Mental Health Student Intern
What is your main goal when working with a client?
When working with a client my main goal is to create an environment where my client feels safe, valued, and accepted. I believe this creates space to have open and honest conversations about any obstacles or internal struggles they wish to disclose in their own time. Through honesty, compassion, and gentle curiosity, I hope to help my clients gain awareness of their own resilience and utilize their abilities to facilitate meaningful, personal growth.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
It is important to look at each client as a whole, taking into consideration their thoughts, emotions and behaviors (holistic approach). Personally, I emphasize a relationship between the client and counselor, allowing the client to direct our sessions with collaborative guidance from the counselor, as I believe I believe the client is the expert of their own life (person-centered approach). Furthermore, I believe that every client is unique and that it is important for a counselor to tailor their sessions based on each client’s own individual needs. However, I believe a person-centered and holistic approach is the foundation to a successful therapy experience, and that every client responds differently to different types of therapy.
What age groups do you most often work with?
My strengths are working with children and adolescence; however, I enjoy working with all age groups.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
Depending on the client’s personality and level of comfort, I will lean more towards a passive, but collaborative approach as I believe it is important for clients to have a voice and express themselves authentically in therapy. For this reason, during sessions I tend to actively listen, ask questions, and give insight when necessary, acting more as a supportive guide than the “main conductor.” Upon building therapeutic rapport, I welcome both laughter and tears and hope my clients express their authentic selves in our sessions.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I was born in Orlando, Florida and am a student Mental Health Counselor Intern. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Appalachian State University and am now currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University. As a child, I grew up with two sisters and enjoyed playing sports and other outdoor activities. Through this experience I learned that I value collaborative team efforts. Now, I enjoy the occasional book, watching movies, and attending my local church. Now, I value family, friends, my Christian beliefs, and connecting with others through interpersonal communication and counseling.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
After I graduated from ASU, I worked as a Physical Education Paraprofessional at an elementary school as I was interested in becoming a teacher. I discovered I did not enjoy teaching as much as I found myself gravitating towards students who were not getting along with their classmates, were often alone, etc.. I realized these children just needed someone to talk to and make space for them to have a voice, and I loved being that person for them at school. By simply making consistent time and space for children to speak to me during P.E. class, I watched a few students grow and change just in that one year. So, I decided to pursue a degree in counseling.
Tell us about your education.
My undergraduate degree was from Appalachian State University with a focus in Psychology. I currently am finishing my degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University.