Access To Care: Why Using a Student Counselor Makes Sense
Given the current stressors that we face with COVID-19, unemployment, racial tensions, and political unrest, more people are seeking support for dealing with anxiety, depression, and grief. However, some people do not seek services due to lack of financial resources. Here at KKJ, we offer sliding scale and pro-bono services, often through the use of practicum and intern students in training.
Similarly, some do not seek services due to stigma; however, working with a counseling intern may be less intimidating, rigid and formal for some. Research indicates that before initial counseling sessions, people may experience self-doubt and resistance.
Students in training bring a natural enthusiasm to the counseling process
Students bring a natural enthusiasm to therapy, as they are excited to translate their academic knowledge into a supportive and supervised environment. Students exhibit energy, optimism, and a desire to help others develop a meaningful, more profound, richer life.
While lowering the level of intimidation, individuals may be concerned with an intern's lack of experience. However, there are surprising assets that interns bring to counseling experiences. Interns work closely with a clinical supervisor and an academic supervisor to ensure quality therapy and provide the best care possible. Knowing that they have direct supervision and regular consultations, interns seek to work with high levels of integrity and commitment.
Interns also have exposure to current research, including counseling methods, theories, competencies, and evidence-based practices. Interns are often studying cutting edge theories and techniques; they have a fresh perspective and know the value of evidence-based-practices. Interns use this information to inform their decisions in providing quality counseling, which directly improves therapy success.
Not burnt out
Students receive extensive training on the need for self-care. While many programs no longer require students to attend their own therapy, they are still encouraged to participate as needed, and, to engage in other activities that promote personal wellness. Therefore, interns have a high degree of awareness and opportunities for the implementation of self-care and wellness routines. Students often adhere to self-care at higher levels than established professionals, which reduces burnout.
Here at KKJ, when we take on graduate students in training, they are required to receive supervision from their program of study as well as Dr. Kuzyszyn-Jones. Training involves group supervision, individual supervision, and additional didactics. Our students offer individual and family therapy in addition to assisting with evaluations.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from therapy, please have them contact our office at 919-493-1975 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are providing Telehealth services on a sliding scale and pro-bono basis, based on referral information and need.