Over the past two years we have had over 10 wonderful interns who were loved and nurtured to be the best in the field. Our interns have also loved, supported and helped us grow in ways we cannot even begin to describe! Our interns have gone on to train to become Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Certified Counselors and some have gone ahead to pursue Masters and PhD in the US. It is our hope that we nurture sensitive, ethical and heartfelt counselors who hold the light of presence with their clients.
We decided to dedicate a page for our interns starting May 2017 and here are these wonderful light-filled beings!
Bhargav, BA Hons.Christ College, Bangalore (One Month Internship, May 2017)
My time at PFP was like a train ride. There were times when it was monotonous but there were times when I felt like I have accomplished the greatest thing in the world. Firstly, the office space, there is something about the place that makes you feel that whatever has happened you are safe and you can breathe. The fairly lights, batman poster and the artwork instantly put a smile on your face.
My first week has been primarily academic; I was taught briefly about all the skills that a competent counselor is required to have. The staff which includes Ruhi and Pooja with Aarathi ma’am were patient enough to clarify all my doubts. To make sure I understood the concepts thoroughly I was given reflection papers to write which were followed by role-plays with my co-interns which were supervised by Ruhi, Pooja and Aarathi ma’am. Role-plays are a great way to incorporate all the skills required for counseling.
The next three weeks flew by with all the role-plays, co therapy sessions and my very own individual session. It was beautiful and informative to watch the client open up in the co-therapy session with Aarathi ma’am, I got to observe how she approaches a client and it’s just calming to be in the therapy room with ma’am.
Roohi and Pooja are the best mentors if you need anything in the office. From a cup of coffee to proof reading your case notes. Oh and while you are there, don’t forget to write a message on the wall of love.
Thanks PFP for an amazing one month. Hope to be back soon!
NOTE: Bhargav was responsible for the Love Wall (Picture above)(Love wall is where our clients leave love notes for the space and some advice for others coming in). Since he did not want a profile picture here we have his brilliant love wall up here to show him how much we appreciate his creative spirit!
Sabhat, MA Applied Psychology, St.Francis Degree College, Hyderabad (One month Internship, May 2017)
On the recommendation of my teacher, I joined Pause for Perspective for a one month internship program. I began on May 1st after signing the contract prior and learning a bit about the clinic with a personal interaction from Mrs. Aarthi Selvan. The first week of the internship we were educated about the various treatments and practices that are used in the clinic such as CBT with anxiety and depression, Ivey’s micro skills, and suicide assessment along with videos of each one. Both our supervisors Ms. Ruhi Sameena and Ms. Pooja Agarwal along with Mrs. Aarthi Selvan conducted role plays on a regular bases helping us carry out an effective practice session and giving us tips to perform better. Along with this we wrote reflection papers which we could use as tools for later on which included the summaries of the topics that were taught to us. Mrs. Aarthi Selvan also allowed us to attend classes which she conducts as a mindfulness program on dealing with anxiety and depression with mindfulness where we learned about the various breathing techniques, mindful walking, and palm the present moment, GLAD technique, and changing the history channel. We were given handouts for each tool which we could use in sessions. We were then taught to take client intakes for both adult and children and role plays were also conducted for this practice. We were then each assigned three clients each to the three interns for a co-therapy session with Mrs. Aarthi. Along with these co-therapy sessions we were also allowed to sit in with sessions that were conducted by Ms. Pooja Agarwal and Ms. Ruhi Sameena. We also wrote case notes for the respective client sessions we attended.
The Pause for Perspective Internship Program was truly educational giving me various opportunities and means to learn about the practice of counseling rather than just the traditional classroom method. The most wonderful thing about the whole internship program was the willingness and investment of the supervisors in our personal growth as trainee counselors. Mrs. Aarthi Selvan gave us many opportunities to learn, and learn practically what counseling requires and does. Both the supervisors were friendly and helpful guiding us through the entire program. I personally feel that this internship program gave me a new perspective and further validated my urge to practice counseling as my profession. I would like to thank the wonderful team at Pause for Perspective for such an amazing opportunity.
Afshan, MA Applied Psychology, St.Francis Degree College, Hyderabad (One month Internship, May 2017)
After completion of my first year of masters at St. Francis college Hyderabad ,our head of department Ms. Geeta thankfully recommended me to Ms.Aarathi selvan’s clinic of “Pause for Perspective ”for one month internship program . It was truly amazing to intern here .I express my sincere gratitude to my H. O. D for believing in me and my counsellor’s Ms.Aarathi,,Ms.Ruhi, Ms.Poojafor giving me the opportunity to learn and practice counselling and it’s vital skills needed to be an effective counsellor. The training process was an organized approach of theoretical and practical exposure and so was divided into two phases .The first phase was an intensive theoretical learning program of vital skills and approaches for therapy where we (interns ) were taught about Ivey Pyramid,Flannagan video and roles for each counselling skills, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression ,suicide assessment .We were suppose to write our reflection papers for each of the above topics simultaneously. After thelearning session plays was conducted which was supervised by our counsellors to monitor our skills from our prior learning .Mindfulness class was conducted by Ms. Aarathiselvan where she taught us about mindfulness ,it’s core benefits, and it’s application for anxiety and depression. We learned different mindfulness tools like palming the present moment, belly breathing,G. L. A. D technique ,ground changing past ( history) channel, sensing and rating anxiety etc. In the second phase Ms. Ruhi taught us to take a brief telephonic intake and upload them on pause for perspective ‘s calendar. After which we were allowed to sit with Ms.selvan in the session with the new client as a Co-therapist where we were given chance to actively participate in the session. After the completion of each session we met with our counsellor for a time of questions and feedback regarding previous counselling session.
In accordance with the above opportunities provided by our compassionate counsellor’s and their true dedication to imbibe it in trainees working here, I highly recommend to people who are in search of a challenging and effective practice for this amazing profession of counselling . I had experienced different hospitals, clinics and counselling centers offering internship programs but here at pause for perspective had made a huge difference in my learning experience and I am sure it will make for every single intern working here. We have gained new insights,theoretical knowledge and practical approach in a real sense. I wish all the best for the coming interns to go ahead and explore yourself in a way which you haven’t done before, and grab all the valuable opportunities offered at this place .