What are therapist interns and what can they do?

Therapist intern with young manTherapists and counselors are licensed in Texas. These are occupations monitored by the state to insure the public is protected by those practicing in this field. An intern has met the required academic guidelines, having earned a master’s degree or PhD. They have passed the state board showing their knowledge of the subjects related to practice, theories, assessments, careers, and everything in human life from conception to death.

Only after meeting these standards can they begin an internship period. The intern works under an experienced therapist for up to five years. These years of practice help them integrate theories and people. They learn more about themselves as humans and therapists.

I supervise internships for both Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. I stress the need for balance between being human and being a clinical practitioner. Sometimes these roles overlap neatly and other times they may seem in conflict. Each intern is an individual with their own personal experiences and motivations. I help them identify these traits and potential settings where they can excel in this career.

Interns can work with clients in all sorts of settings. Many work in my office as they near the end of their internship period. I assign interns to match clients’ needs with interns’ strengths. As part of the internship I encourage interns to provide services at a reduced rate, $50 per session, as a way to recognize they are also benefiting from the client-therapist interaction. Interns can be contacted at the Other Professionals tab. 

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