By Jessica Heymann
Trying to choose a therapist? Here’s why you should consider seeing one of our interns…
Reaching out for support and beginning your therapy journey is often daunting, so if you have recently decided to start going to therapy, Way to go! We hope you can give yourself the pat on the back that you deserve for taking such a big step. Unfortunately once you decide to go to therapy, the next steps of finding a therapist can feel scary. An option that some may not have known was available, is to see one of our Master’s level interns here at Therapy for Women. There are a lot of benefits to working with an intern to begin or continue your therapy journey, which could make it a great option for you!
As an intern, your therapist will have a smaller caseload than any of our other therapists. The smaller case load is designed to accommodate their part time schedule while in school, and to allow for more supervision and clinical support from their supervisors. This means they have significantly more time to plan for your sessions, research new techniques that may be helpful for your specific situation, and potentially more flexibility to work within your schedule.
As interns, we are not allowed to take insurance, but our sessions are offered at a significantly lower sliding scale rate of $40 per session. This can help to make therapy a more accessible option if money is tight for you, or you are worried about the stress of a larger therapy expense. With an intern you get the benefit of the expertise of all of the professionals educating and supervising the intern at a fraction of the cost (that’s at least 2 therapists insight!)
Opportunity and Willingness to Seek Support from Other Professionals
Now you may be thinking that we are avoiding the obvious: interns may have limited experience (or no experience), but this can also benefit you in several ways! As interns we often don’t have a long history of working with a specific issue or population, so we may be more inclined to think outside of the box rather than utilizing treatment plans that have worked for clients in the past. As we mentioned above, our interns have a little more time to devote to each individual case due to their smaller caseload. This means utilizing the most up to date research and techniques available, while also benefiting from the experience and wisdom of those supervising us, and the treatments that have worked for their clients in the past. As interns we are also in a position where we are accustomed to asking questions and seeking support from those with more experience than us. You can be assured that if you are working with an intern, there is more than one clinician working with them behind the scenes to ensure that you are receiving the excellent care and support that you deserve.
As interns some of us have been working hard for years to get to this point where we can finally begin doing what we are passionate about and work to support our clients and provide mental health care. Some of you could even be an intern’s first ever client! Although our therapists are dedicated to providing quality care and support for every single client at Therapy for Women, there is a special level of enthusiasm among our interns. We are so excited to get to learn your story, and provide support as you work towards whatever changes or goals brought you to Therapy for Women in the first place. We can’t wait to work with you as you continue on your journey to living a more healed, happy and fulfilling life!
Interested in booking a session? Our interns have limited availability so head to the “book an appointment” tab now or click here!