When most people hear the word “intern,” they often think of a student volunteering, no (or little) education, or someone just starting in a job position without any experience. An MFT Intern is very different; they already have their Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, along with clinical hours under their belt. They are required to have a minimum of 300-500 clinical counseling hours before they even graduate from college.
The Marriage and Family Therapist interns (MFT intern) must be approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences and are required to have weekly supervision meetings. During the supervision training, they will review each case with their supervisor (either verbal or by showing video of therapy sessions), gain education and training from their supervisor, and discuss the ethics and legal issues of being a therapist. The great thing about working with an intern is that you not only get help from the intern, but your case is reviewed by the supervisor. Basically, you get two minds at the cost of one therapist. Not only do interns have weekly supervision meetings, but they also attend trainings and learn while they work.
The fee of working with an intern is $120 per therapy session. Each session is for 50-minutes long. Some people meet with the therapist once a week, and others meet every other week or once a month. It all depends on the goals set for each client.
My office has expanded and taken on a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern! Meet the San Diego Therapists working at Estes Therapy in the Mission Valley office. Thank you for reading about What is an MFT Intern San Diego Therapist.