First off, if you are here, you have graduated with your master’s and passed the NCE; congratulations. Both are accomplishments to be proud of and deserving of celebration.
You are probably feeling both nervous and excited. Thankful you are one step closer to being a fully licensed therapist but also, oh shit, you are one step closer to being a fully licensed therapist and feeling a little overwhelmed. Maybe even doubting that you are ready or worried about messing up!
Well, guess what ?! You aren’t alone! I felt all the above when I was first starting out. You have this time as a LPC-Associate to hone your current skills, develop new ones, and figure out who you are as a therapist. Now is your time to grow with an experienced therapist helping you along the way. Someone to talk through sticky situations, provide validation and empathy, offer high fives and constructive criticism when needed.
A considerable part of my growth and confidence as a therapist came from my time as an LPC-Associate and my LPC Supervisor played a significant role. She was fantastic!! I will forever be grateful for her empathy, intelligence, passion, guidance, leadership, and generosity that she showed not just me but each of her associates.
I knew then that I wanted to provide the same type of excellent supervision that I experienced when I became an LPC Supervisor.
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