Welcome to Paladin-MFT brought to you by an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist Registration Applicant. Here you will find resources and opinions on Mental Health by a recent graduate student embarking on the road to licensure.
What is a Paladin and why did you choose that word?
Glad you asked! Historically, the word paladin was used to refer to any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne’s court, comparable to the Knights of the Round Table. During medieval times, a paladin was defined as a knight renowned for heroism and chivalry.
Today, the word Paladin is defined as a person who actively supports or favors a cause. Synonyms of the word Paladin include supporter, advocator, true-believer, friend, encourager, and fellow traveler.
I chose the phrase Paladin MFT because I wanted a positive word that conveyed the message that a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) is an ally and a supporter. I am a true believer in therapy and an advocator for mental health.
What is your goal for therapy?
My therapeutic goal is to communicate with my client that “I am here with you right now, and I am listening. What you have to say is real, and it matters. I am a fellow traveler on your mental health journey, and I am excited to begin our therapeutic alliance to achieve your therapeutic goals. “
I am a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT 123114 currently serving clients at CalFam Counseling Center. Supervised by a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
As of September 2020, I have completed my practicum/externship with a directly operated site of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health at Santa Clarita Valley Mental Health Center (SCVMHC). While at SCV MHC, I worked as an MFT Trainee serving clients under the license of my supervisor Suzanne Brinson, LCSW 28031.
I am excited to begin my journey as a new Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist entering the field of Mental health. I am looking forward to expanding my strength-based and collaborative therapy approach.
What is a therapy approach?
A therapy approach is a way in which a clinician provides therapy to their clients. Currently, I work with a wide range of individuals and couples using a strength-based and collaborative therapeutic approach. The key theoretical orientations that resonate with me are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. I am life long learner and I aspire to add more therapy techniques to my toolset to achieve an eclectic style in working with clients in the future.
What’s an Associate?
An “Associate” is the title given to individuals who have completed their master’s degree and are currently earning hours for licensure in the state of California. Currently, my title is Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist which means that I have been registered as an unlicensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). This registration allows me to gain post-degree hours to fulfill the 3000-hour requirement of a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California.
My title was formerly “Associate Marriage & Family Therapist Registration Applicant” which meant that I was in the process of applying to receive an associate registration number from the licensing board of California, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
What’s a Trainee?
“Trainee” is the title given to graduate students as they earn their hours for licensure while still in Graduate school. The first step to licensure in California is to work as a Pre-Licensed therapist under the title Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee. I have now completed my pre-degree licensure hour requirements as established by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Did you say you’re no longer in school?
Yes, I have now officially finished graduate school! As of September 20th, 2020, Pepperdine University has officially conferred my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy.
What’s your educational background?
I have completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy at Pepperdine University (just waiting to receive it in the mail!). I have completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge in 2011. I also have completed my Master’s degree in Public Health from The George Washington University in 2016.
How long have you been doing this?
Currently, I work as a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT 123114 at CalFam Counseling Center, supervised by Barbara Jankovich, LMFT #51803. Previously, I have worked as a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee from September 2019 to September 2020 providing individual, couple, and group therapy services in-person and through telehealth platforms (i.e., VSEE Clinic, Everbridge, Doxy Telemedicine, and Zoom). In addition to my practicum experience, I also worked part-time as a Behavior Technician with Autism Learning Partners.
Mental Health Talk
Welcome to the blog. Here is where I will post about mental health questions that I used to wonder about or new things that I’ve learned (since I’m still a graduate student at Pepperdine). Feel free to browse and comment on my posts!
Disclaimer: This blog contains the informed opinion of an MFT Trainee who is an unlicensed therapist in training. The information provided on the blog posts are not meant to be used as the basis for an business, legal, or medical decisions.
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