Rina Podolsky, Associate MFT
Want to know more about therapist Rina? I sat down with her and she answered a few questions that will help you get to know her better.
Q&A time! You can get to know Associate MFT Rina on a personal level.
When did you decide to go into Marriage and Family Therapy?
I decided to go back to school and get a master’s because I felt I needed a new challenge in my life. In the process of looking at options for my graduate studies I came across the MFT program and immediately realized that this is what I would like to spend the rest of my life doing. It helped me bring into focus what I enjoyed in all of my past work experiences.
Do you have advice for someone who is considering becoming an MFT?
I would tell them to enjoy every second of the process of learning, to ask as many questions as the can from their mentors and professors, and to be very clear of why they have chosen this field. Lastly, I would remind them of the huge opportunity we are given when we are allowed to sit down with every client and the responsibility that comes along with it.
What would you recommend to someone who is nervous about coming in for their first session?
I would want them to know that being nervous is normal but that shouldn’t stop you from getting the support you need. It is important to me that my clients feel comfortable with me, but that rapport starts with actually meeting! I’d also want my clients to know whatever they need to up front to make the first session less nerve-wracking. Our office is easy to find, you can have your paperwork filled out ahead of time, and our waiting room is relaxing and even has tea and coffee available to you while you wait. The first session is an in-depth “get to know you” and it works both ways — I’m happy to answer your questions so that we can work together openly and confidently.
How do you pass your time when you are not working with clients?
I love reading and learning new things. I like spending time in museums and immersing myself in culture. Spending time with my children and with my close friends is very important to me. So is jogging and looking at the ocean. Traveling is my ultimate indulgence.
If you were not a therapist, what would you be doing?
I have done so many of the things I would like to be doing, that the only thing I can think of is I would be traveling and writing and just enjoying life. But I think I would still end up circling back around to wanting to be a therapist.
Rina is aAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist at Estes Therapy in Mission Valley, San Diego.