So much has happened since my last post. The storm is now over, and I can focus solely on work without the demands of school. I graduated in mid-December with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am so excited! I worked at my internship site for about a month as a group counselor, where I led 14 groups a week. This was nice because I loved my internship site, but I also really wanted to do individual therapy. A month later, through a colleague, I got a job at a community agency, where I have a caseload of 20 clients. Most of them are children an adolescents and a few adults. I have never counseled children before, so I was anxious in the beginning, but I did take a Play Therapy class, and the counseling with my 6 year old client is going well, given I have little experience. I really like my boss, and one supervisor does Play Therapy Certification, so I’m probably going to try and use that. I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as I did a year-long internship in DBT. I have at least 4 clients that I can DBT with, especially emotion regulation and mindfulness techniques. I am excited, and grateful, that my internship site as prepared me so well with this type of therapy!
I passed my licensing exam, and my application is under review to be a National Certified Counselor. I am not sure when I’ll hear back, but we’ll see. The next step is getting my Associate Professional Counselor (APC) license, which I hold for three years before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have two more forms I need to fill out, then I need to request my license exam scores to the Licensing Board, and then (hopefully by next month’s deadline) I’ll have my license and be able to officially practice in my state! Currently my credentials are MS and the Supervisee in Training.
For downtime, I have also enjoyed reading my former undergraduate professor’s blog Love Invents Us . She discusses her process of trying to conceive (TTC) with her and her wife. They have two beautiful boys currently, and I’m so happy for them! I hope to have a similar blog in a few years once my partner and I start TTC. It seems like there is such a wonderful online community of support for lesbian parents and families!