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. Continue reading