Willingness to Ask Questions
While an intern may not have years of practice, they will always be supervised by an experienced counselor/therapist. Most states require that this supervisor have several years of experience as well as licensing in the appropriate fields. An intern will be more willing to ask questions and use the various educational resources at their disposal. They have a learning and growth mindset. This benefits clients as they receive not only the intern’s enthusiasm and passion, but the clinical experience of the supervisor.
Most interns are still completing their education and will have smaller client caseloads. This means they will have more time to prepare for sessions leading to more individualized care for clients. They often will have more flexibility to adapt to your scheduling needs.
Energy and Enthusiasm
After going through several years of schooling, intern therapists are excited to meet you and finally able to apply the extensive education they have received and start to work on real cases with real people. The energy they bring to the field is contagious and you will be able to sense their enthusiasm in each session.
Up to Date Training
Interns will have the most current training fresh in their minds. Of course, all counselors are required to stay up to date on the latest research and treatment methods through continuing education. Interns, however, are studying that new information for several hours a week.
Interns come with the most current training and have passion to apply this knowledge. While seasoned therapists stay up to date on new methods, interns have a fresh perspective that can benefit clients.