Maggie here, and I would like to welcome you to EVOLVEwithin’s Blog Site! I am a second year master's student at Edgewood College specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and I am grateful to be a new addition to the EVOLVEwithin Team. With the team’s support, I am confident in my readiness to venture with you through and beyond your therapeutic needs. With that said, let me share a little on why it would be beneficial to see me, or any clinical intern, as your therapist!
As I was throwing ideas around of how to compose this article I was thinking of relatable experiences that most go through and came to this conclusion: our lives progress from being taught, to then teaching others. All learning and teaching experiences are different, but mine relate to my passion for therapy. I have learned from professors and my peers, but more development has stemmed from the interactions I have with the people I help. Experiences that I am about to have as an intern will be a welcome extension to my education and teach me more than I could ever learn from a textbook. I would be grateful for the opportunity to be chosen as your therapist; we will learn together and work as a collaborative team, so you can receive the best personalized assistance through your situation.
Although I may be a newcomer to this private practice, my graduate studies assure that I have extensive knowledge regarding multiple types of therapy models. My current therapy style is fluid. With this in mind, you can find comfort knowing that I am flexible and able to put your needs first. It will be my goal as your therapist to research and explore the model that best fits into your life application.
To get a feel for how I am as a person, I would like to share an example of a model that I find powerful. Emotionally-focused therapy works towards reducing stress and anxiety in adult relationships. Refocusing, focusing on the “now”, establishing intents, and working towards reflecting on individual needs and emotions are key goals with this model. I find that exploring specific needs and emotions are important in order to validate feelings within couples. Pinpointing these feelings can broaden perspective of the situation and can open new doors in exploration. I find that holding space to share and show emotions, mentally and physically, can create a strong a personable bond between both the therapist and client(s).
An intern’s caseload will most likely be smaller than the average therapist. I will personally partake in a part-time caseload, so I will be able to give my undivided attention and will have the time to research and explore methods that will best suit individual, family, and/or couple needs.
Enthusiastic and Creative
Whether an intern has just started school or is finishing up their degree, they are new to doing therapy. Being new to therapy will allow enthusiastic and creative sides to shine. I have studied, practiced, and now I am eager to put all the hard work to test to see growth between clients and myself as the clinician. My time and energy spent receiving formal education has lead me up to this moment. You will not meet a more energized therapist than one fresh out of school. Creating ways to engage with both older and younger populations is something that I succeed in, and is a direct result of my fresh perspective.
Article contribution by Maggie Berg, MFT Clinical Intern