Low Cost Counseling - Working with a Therapy Intern

at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids

Low Cost Counseling - Working with a Therapy Intern
In Grand Rapids, MI and West Michigan At Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, MI

When our mental health is at stake, we aim to receive support from professionals who are qualified, experienced, and have helped numerous people with their issues. But often, we have to wait for months on a waitlist of licensed therapists until we finally get the help we require. Or, sometimes, our budget isn’t aligned with the costs associated with such expert care. Interestingly, many people these days choose to work with therapy interns who work at low cost under supervision.

At Health for Life Counseling, we’re dedicated to making mental health support accessible without compromising on the quality of care. Choosing to work with one of our counseling interns is your chance to benefit from lower costs and help us train the next generation of mental health professionals.

Low Cost Counseling

Low cost counseling at Health for Life Counseling is an accessible approach to mental health care. This service is provided by intern therapists who are in the process of completing their professional training. However, the fact that they haven’t yet received their certification does not mean their skills or expertise are any less valuable.

These interns work under the supervision of professional therapists and apply the latest theories and methods from their studies to real situations. On average, they offer their services for just $40* per session because this experience is mutually beneficial — it supports both your growth and theirs.

Similar to certified counselors, intern therapists who’re under their supervision provide personalized care, tailored to meet your unique needs. Therefore, choosing low-cost counseling with intern therapists means that you will get the help you need affordably and effectively.

*A sliding scale is available for those in need.

Why Choose an Intern Therapist at Health for Life Counseling?

Intern therapists at Health for Life Counseling are carefully selected for their dedication, knowledge, and passion for mental health care.

Under the supervision of experienced professionals, they provide high-quality, personalized therapy that incorporates the latest evidence-based practices.

Our intern therapists are deeply committed to your well-being, offering fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to support your journey toward healing.

So, if you’re looking for low cost counseling opportunities in Grand Rapids, MI, or Ada, MI, reach out to us and schedule your sessions with our intern therapists. They will ensure to provide compassionate care that’s both effective and affordable.

Therapists For Low Cost Therapy

Kaiti VanWormer, Counseling Intern

Culturally Sensitive and Creative Person-Centered Counseling

Kyle King, Counseling Intern

Inclusive, Non-Judgmental Therapy for Adults and Adolescents, Emphasizing Growth and Resilience

Lucas Perkins, Counseling Intern

Culturally Sensitive & Holistic Counseling for Adults, College students, and Older Teens

Stephen Lovell, Counseling Intern

Person-Centered Counseling for Children, Teens, and Adults

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The Benefits of Seeing an Intern Therapist

Initially, you might think that receiving therapy from someone who doesn’t have a license yet directly means compromising the quality of care for lower costs. But actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth and there are plenty of advantages to working with an intern therapist.

Here are several reasons why you should consider an intern for your mental health journey:

1)   Access to Latest Therapeutic Techniques

Believe it or not, intern therapists might have a better understanding of current training methods and techniques than long-standing practitioners. That’s because they’re still completing their degree and spend a great deal of time learning the most up-to-date theories and techniques.

To receive their license, interns are required to be familiar with the most recent evidence-based practices in the field. This means that they’ll integrate the newest research and treatment methods into their practice.

Simply put, choosing an intern is your chance to gain access to some of the most innovative and effective approaches to mental health care today.

2)   Highly Supervised Care

Intern therapists at Health for Life Counseling are supervised by licensed counselors. According to Michigan state law, therapists are required to gain at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice to obtain their license. While,  interns receive about  2.5 hours of supervision weekly, and during this time, they process the cases, ask questions, and receive feedback from professional supervisors who are fully licensed therapists. Interns are required to complete copious amounts of training outside of their counseling work, which means that they are constantly learning and being supervised. The interns at Health for Life Counseling not only meet with their counseling supervisor, they also attend supervision groups and other trainings constantly.

How does this benefit their clients?

They receive care that’s continually refined and evaluated by multiple experienced professionals. But of course, this doesn’t mean the confidentiality and ethical considerations of therapy are compromised. In fact, supervisors ensure that all discussions about cases maintain the highest level of confidentiality. Therefore, they remain ethically sound and respectful of clients’ privacy.

3)   Fresh Perspective and Enthusiasm

One thing you will immediately notice about intern therapists is their energy and excitement. The thing is that they have worked hard to get into a position to support their clients. As a result, they’re eager to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and provide the best possible care for their clients.

Usually, this enthusiasm translates into a proactive approach — they’re always willing to explore new studies and therapeutic techniques to better understand and address their clients’ unique experiences. This means that your every encounter with therapist interns will be filled with fresh insights and enthusiasm.

4)   Affordable Therapy Option

One of the most tangible advantages of choosing intern therapists is the affordability of the service. The only reason why these individuals work at a lower cost is that they aren’t fully licensed yet.

Typically, interns at Health for Life Counseling work at a rate of just $40 per hour*, which is indeed a very affordable cost for quality mental health treatment. This rate allows individuals to access the support they need without the added stress of low reimbursement rates from insurance companies or worrying about the financial burden often associated with therapy.

*A sliding scale is available for those in need.

5)   Fewer Clients

Another benefit of working with an intern therapist is that they have a smaller case load than fully licensed therapists. Since they are still students, they usually have part-time jobs and take fewer clients.

This is especially beneficial for clients because the fact that a therapist has fewer clients means that they have more time to plan sessions and adapt to their client’s specific needs. What’s more, their schedule is more flexible and they can easily accommodate your time requirements.

6)   Support for Professional Development

Finally, one more great reason to choose intern therapists is that you contribute to helping them develop into professional counselors. And this is indeed crucial for shaping the future of mental health care.

Every session you work with an intern is an important step for them to develop skills and deepen their practical knowledge. Therefore, other than investing in your own well-being, you’re also supporting the development of a skilled mental health professional who will go on to make a significant difference in the lives of many others.

Misconceptions about Intern Therapists

As you can see, working with an intern therapist comes with numerous benefits. But still, the idea of having an intern therapist often brings up some uncertainties, largely due to common misconceptions about their capabilities.

That’s why we decided to debunk these myths:

  • Interns are not qualified to provide therapy

Despite being in the earlier stages of their careers, intern therapists undergo extensive education and hands-on training. They work under the close supervision of fully licensed therapists which helps them provide competent and effective care.

  • Interns can’t handle serious mental health issues

Due to a lack of experience, sometimes clients doubt that interns can understand their problems and determine effective treatment plans. But this is just another myth, because training provides them with specific skills to empathize deeply, understand a wide range of issues, and develop effective treatment plans. Besides, if your case is beyond their scope, they will involve their supervisors or refer you to specialists as needed.

  • You won’t have confidentiality with an intern

Everyone knows that confidentiality is the basic principle of every type of therapy. And the same applies to counseling with interns – just because they receive guidance from their supervisors doesn’t mean that your confidentiality is compromised. Instead, an intern therapist always ensures that your personal information is completely protected.

  • Interns are just practicing and not serious about their sessions

Finally, interns don’t practice therapy just for the sake of practice. They take each session seriously and are completely aware of their role in the client’s healing. As a result, interns approach their work with a high level of dedication and professionalism.

At Health for Life Counseling, our licensed therapists are committed to offering counseling that honors and supports all people, regardless of economic status Our evidence-based strategies are designed to help you or your loved one find the right counselor, whether they be an intern or fully licensed therapist.

Reach out to our professional counselors at Grand Rapids, MI, and Ada, MI, or get help online to explore how you can make the most of your unique strengths and perspectives that neurodivergence brings.

Note that we accept a wide range of health insurance options, including Blue Cross Complete, UMR, Meritain Health, Optum, and others. Here’s the full list of insurance options with us.

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