What is an MFT Intern/How is it different from a Licensed Therapist?
A MFT intern is an individual who has received their Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently focusing on Licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. All Interns are registered with the Board and certified to practice in the State of California. Each Intern is under supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Interns are required to review cases and best therapy practices with their supervisor regularly.
A Licensed Therapist has been certified by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to practice Therapy according to California States requirements.
Is Therapy Helpful? And do I need it?
Choosing to seek out therapy is an individual choice. However there have been a number of reasons as to why therapy could be helpful. A therapist could help provide problem solving skills, communication skills, coping skills to work through past or current traumas or tools to help decrease anxiety or depressive symptoms. A therapist can help provide support, insight, and a listening ear during times of stress of feelings of being overwhelmed. Therapy has been shown to provide long lasting benefits and tools that can provide for a happier well being. Deciding therapy is a personal decision however often times we attempt to solve our problems on our own and struggle when things don't seem to get resolved. Having someone support you and empathize with challenges that so many of us face in life can help make a person feel "normal" in the challenges they face.
What can I expect?
You can expect that you will be warmly welcomed by our therapists. We will treat you with dignity and respect and approach you with honesty and compassion. Each therapy will provide you with their own style and approach to therapy. You can expect that confidentiality will be maintained with the exception of self harm, harm to others, or suspicion of abuse to children or elders. You can expect that parts of therapy may be challenging as working through issues that are uncomfortable can cause us to have an increase in discomfort.