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Old 07-14-2012, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Arlington, TX
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I need to see a therapist to address my awful past and how it has destroyed my emotions and messed up every part of my life. However, I don't have the disposable income to do that. I need a lot of hours.

So I thought, since there are people studying to be a therapist, why not provide a student with a "client" to practice on? Any ideas? Thanks!
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:24 AM
 
Location: right here
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I need to see a therapist to address my awful past and how it has destroyed my emotions and messed up every part of my life. However, I don't have the disposable income to do that. I need a lot of hours.

So I thought, since there are people studying to be a therapist, why not provide a student with a "client" to practice on? Any ideas? Thanks!

They can't..students can't practice on people...usually if a student is involved he or she can sit and observe but not do one on one therapy.

Maybe you should try the church ( not sure if this is an option)-some provide counseling.

Also, therapy isn't going to help you until you want to be helped-I'm sorry you had an awful past..but remember it's not going to be easy, in fact it will be harder at first because all of the emotions are going to come to the surface. Good luck!
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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since there are people studying to be a therapist, why not provide a student with a "client" to practice on? Any ideas?
Go to any non profit, including churches, and ask to see an intern. They are working on the hours they need to either finish their MA degree in counseling or to take the exam for their state license (the latter group has finished their practicum). They need hundreds of hours to do either and legally they must be supervised by a licensed, experienced therapist. In California, that's how the state keeps their mental health costs down. Good luck.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: In chilly Omaha (suburb) NE
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You can go to local schools that have counseling programs and ask to be seen by a student clinician, who, as has been said, need to accumulate many hours prior to getting licensed/certified. If the local schools don't have counseling centers, ask where they send their students on practicum or internship. Unfortunately, there will be a fee involved, no matter what, but it will be nominal. Best of luck to you.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:47 PM
 
Location: earth?
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They can't..students can't practice on people...usually if a student is involved he or she can sit and observe but not do one on one therapy.

Maybe you should try the church ( not sure if this is an option)-some provide counseling.

Also, therapy isn't going to help you until you want to be helped-I'm sorry you had an awful past..but remember it's not going to be easy, in fact it will be harder at first because all of the emotions are going to come to the surface. Good luck!
This is state specific. In the state I live in, students are supervised by licensed whatevers (psychologist, marriage and family therapists, social workers, etc.) . . .The students are either interning or externing at a certain point in their studies or after their studies are complete and they can see clients.

Check with your local universities or private graduate schools of psychology.

Try as many therapists as you need to until you find a good fit. It will save you money.
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