The End of an Internship

In December 2013, I was freaking out.  At DTS, we have to spend two semesters working at a counseling facility, and so far, I’d been ignored or rejected by all the places where I’d applied.  Then one day, I received a school-wide email suggesting people apply to The Vale, so I put in my application as a last-ditch effort to secure a position in the spring semester.  When I arrived at the private practice, I immediately loved the calm atmosphere and the counseling philosophy of the man who interviewed me.

Fourteen months later, I am finishing my internship.  I wound up staying there three semesters instead of two and spending an extra two months bringing my clients to a healthy close.  I stayed because I absolutely loved it.  Lois is a phenomenal secretary.  Tyler was the best supervisor I could have asked for.  Nancy was an encouraging fellow intern.  My clients were varied, frustrating, enlightening, and educational.  Looking back at my time at The Vale, I am so incredibly glad for that email in the midst of my confused sadness.

I grew so much during my time at The Vale.  I became confident in my ability to listen to a person’s story and pick out the parts that carried the most emotion.  I learned to stop giving advice and start sharing people’s pain.  I tried out some classic counseling moves (empty chair technique!) with varying success.  I laughed with clients, offered Kleenex to clients, and occasionally felt very angry with clients.  I learned what kind of problems I felt comfortable dealing with and which hit a little too close to home.  I became comfortable calling myself a counselor.

I wouldn’t trade my time at The Vale for anything, and I’m grateful for the friendships I’ve developed with my coworkers.  I will definitely miss working there, and I wish them all the best!

If you’re interested in knowing more about The Vale, or perhaps are looking for a place where you can find amazing counseling, please check out their website!

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