Therapy for Students in Counseling Programs
Research in interpersonal neurobiology shows that counselors who are most effective are those who understand and have made meaning of their own internal worlds. In order to practice understanding, compassion, and empathy, you need to be able to feel your own emotions and recognize when your emotions are affected by those of others. You need to possess the capacity to be deeply connected to your clients without getting lost in their inner worlds. That means that:
If you’re a counseling student, it’s crucial that you take part in your own therapy.
But we know it can be difficult for you as a counseling student to access therapy for at least two reasons:
- You’re likely low on money, so therapy seems unaffordable.
- If you’re new to the counseling profession you might feel anxious about revealing your vulnerabilities to another therapist, fearing that the therapist, who will soon be a colleague, will look at you through the eyes of judgment and find you insufficient to the counseling profession.
As part of the DEEP Center’s mission to perpetuate effective therapy in the world, Candyce makes sure our therapists are specifically qualified to help you with this counseling student dilemma:
- We offer affordable rates for our counseling services;
- We’re supervised by a trainer who has more than a decade of experience in providing therapy for therapists; and
- The DEEP way of doing therapy, first and foremost, requires that your therapist will have participated in his/her own therapy in order to be capable of true nonjudgmental acceptance of others, which means that:
- Your DEEP Center therapist knows what it’s like to be the vulnerable one receiving therapy; and
- Your DEEP Center therapist will above all see you as a human being who has the courage to do your own work; will create safety for you by making sure you know that you are being received with nonjudgmental acceptance; and will understand that people who are willing to explore their own inner worlds make the best therapists.
If you’re a graduate student in counseling, explore our therapist listings and see who feels like the safest, most inviting fit for you and your inner explorations.
Mystery resists absolutes. It can hold truth, compassion, and open possibility in relationship. — Krista Tippett