Discover an affordable counseling option with our group of talented interns who are pursuing their graduate degree in Counseling Psychology/Therapy.
Benefit from compassionate support as these interns refine their skills under regular supervision from our Clinic Director, Dr. Jill Taggart. Take the first step towards healing and self-discovery without overwhelming your budget.
These aspiring professionals, bring fresh perspectives and a commitment to your well-being. Empathetic and dedicated, our interns offer a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and emotions.
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All interns have completed all their Masters of Counselling or Masters of Clinical Social Work coursework prior to starting their internship.
Interns are interviewed by the Clinic Director to ensure that they would be a good fit for our organization. Once approved, they receive supervision from the Clinic Director, who is certified as a clinical supervisor in BC through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Interns meet for one hour supervision at a minimum of once per week, or for every 5 hours of client appointments. That means that in a busy client week, the intern might have two or three hours of supervision. To ensure that confidentiality is maintained, the Clinical Supervisor and the intern are the only individuals who have access to client’s files. Clients are informed of this in their Consent for Counselling agreement.
Interns use approaches that fit the presenting issue of the client. For example, for interpersonal problems they might use Gottman Couples interventions, or for anxiety or depression they might use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The Clinic Director will ensure that the intern is working within their level of competency at all times.
Interns can help with anxiety and depression, as well as life transitions, grief and loss, relationship challenges and work/school related issues. They would unlikely be able to help with deeper trauma and family of origin-related issues. For these deeper and more complex issues, we would recommend that you book with one of our Registered Clinicians.
Our clients tell us that their experience with interns is effective and more affordable because it allows them to have more sessions. Counselling is about building a trusting relationship between the clinician and the client and this can occur whether the counsellor is an intern or an experienced therapist. Research suggests that intern counsellors can be more effective because they are consistently reviewing the latest research in support of their clients’ presenting issues.
No - intern counselling cannot be paid through any third parties, such as insurance providers or employee assistance programs (EAP). If you have coverage you would like to use towards your counselling, you would need to book with one of our Registered Counsellors.