Successful therapy with an intern?
April 5, 2012 2:08 PM Subscribe
Tell me your stories (or tips) about successful therapy with an intern or other person-in-training as your therapist.
posted by needs more cowbell to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Super low-cost therapy is my only option right now. I've explored low-cost options and pretty much all of them utilize interns--therapists who have completed their degree but are still getting practice seeing clients under the supervision of someone else.
This leaves me uneasy. I've had mixed results from therapy in the past, and I'm hesitant about spending the money even for low-cost therapy because of my current financial situation. I suspect I would really benefit from good therapy, but I'm not feeling confident that I will find that with an intern. (Especially because I'm someone with a personal and family history of stubborn and chronic mental health stuff, rather than someone going through a random rough patch where I need a cheerleader or shoulder to cry on.) Last year I paid $50 for a first appointment with someone who admitted to me that she had only been seeing clients for 5 weeks (and remarked to me how her clients often are great at coming up with their own solutions and insights), and that was just hard to stomach. If I were just looking for someone to listen to my problems so I can blow off steam, that might work, but I'm looking for more counseling, direction, and some implementation of CBT techniques. (I've done a course of CBT and while I don't want to do another structured course of just CBT, I like that modality.)
TL;DR What has been your experience with therapy with an intern therapist? How can I feel better about going forward with this? Any particular suggestions in the Bay Area, especially East Bay? I'd like to stick to the $25/session range and would prefer something other than psychodynamic therapy. It seems like a lot of the schools around here churn out MFT interns who do mostly psychodynamic therapy, which doesn't seem like a good fit.