Well, it has only been about 8 months of clinical residency towards receiving my LPC in the state of Virginia. Once I have accrued all 3400 hours (including 2000 direct contact hours) and provide all of the quarterly evaluations, the Virginia Board of Counseling will review my paperwork and submit approval to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
Being an older recent graduate student, my experiential lens is somewhat different than most of my cohort; due to being in Super’s Maintenance stage of life. I would categorize other recent graduates in my cohort as being in the Exploratory or Establishment stages. With that being said, my self-conceptualization is that of having a clear vision of how I would like to be perceived in conjunction with my hardworking-ethic.
I recently had an encounter with an outpatient therapist to work collaboratively on a case. I was amazed at how she seemed to be beleaguered with emails and paper. I wondered… how can you become an effective therapist efficient at your job if you are having trouble responding to emails in a timely fashion? With that being said, although the field of counseling can be stressful, and time-consuming, I personally would rather put the hard work and extra time into doing the best job that I can. This experience has allowed me to reflect now on better ways to manage my time and continue to foster those fundamental principles of: autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, justice, fidelity and veracity.
Joanne Thomas is a Resident in Counseling, completing clinical residency to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She has discovered her passion of working with youth and provides both individual and family therapy and concurrently is completing coursework to obtain her credential as a Registered Play Therapist.