I want to help you become a therapist!
Switching careers in my mid-30’s to become a therapist was the best decision I ever made. If you’re thinking about taking the leap into graduate school, I want to help!
Is MFT Right for Me?
If you’re starting at the very beginning (a very good place to start), I am happy to share with you what I’ve learned about what the field looks like on the inside to help you decide whether this is the right path for you. You can find a lot of information about options available to you in this field, but everyone has different circumstances and you may feel like you need some more personalized details. If this sounds like you, a phone consultation would be the best option.
Where Should I Apply?
If you’re applying to programs in California, I can speak in detail about CSUN’s program because that’s where I go! I can tell you what I’ve learned about other programs from other students, professors, and the grapevine. You can tell me your needs and I can suggest some programs to consider. If you’re applying to programs outside of California, I can help with general considerations you should take into account as you narrow down your list. Again, a phone consultation would work best for this kind of support.
What Should I Write About?
Now that you’ve decided where you want to apply, you’re probably going to have to write at least one essay or personal statement. Deciding what to write about is half the battle! In my opinion, you can use this piece of the application puzzle to your greatest advantage if you do some strategizing before you start writing. I have found a series of emails (and sometimes a phone consultation) is really helpful for most applicants.
Is My Essay or Personal Statement Any Good?
Once you’ve written your essay or personal statement, I think it’s critical to get an objective opinion on it, especially if you’re coming to this field from outside the world of mental health services. If you’ve been working in a corporate environment, you may underestimate how personal you should get in a personal statement. If you’ve been out of the workforce for awhile, you may be at risk of veering into too-much-information territory in order to explain your story. I can give you my suggestions on what to keep, what to expand upon, and what to save for the interview (or your own personal therapy).
Finally, no matter who you are, it’s also critical that your writing be good-to-excellent, because most programs say they use the essay to evaluate your ability to handle the extraordinary amount of writing you’ll be doing in a graduate program.
I offer two levels of support once you’ve completed your first draft (because no, I do not ghostwrite essays). If you’re confident about WHAT you've written about, but you just want help on the writing (proofreading, voice, tone, flow, etc.), I offer an Editing Only package—you send me your essay, I offer my editorial suggestions. If, however, you’re not quite sure that you’ve chosen the right parts of your story to highlight, I offer a Coaching & Editing package. I will request background information on you, I will do some research on the program and use my own personal experiences, and I will offer my suggestions about what you specifically should write about. Then we will work together to polish it into your best possible essay.
What Do I Say in the Interview??
Full disclosure: I am not nor have I ever sat on an admissions committee, nor have I experienced any admissions interviews other than my own! That being said, I felt completely confident for my interview and was totally prepared for everything that came up, and I’d like to help you feel that confident, too. I can help you have a better idea of what to expect in an interview, prep some answers to typical questions, and learn some “tricks” to best represent yourself as a candidate. For this, I’ve found that phone consultations work best.
I’m Already in School but Need Help with My Papers!!
If you’re already in school and need some help with your essays, I’m happy to help there, too! Turns out, I’m pretty good at graduate-level writing, including literature reviews. I’m currently rocking a 4.0 GPA and I’ve received excellent feedback on my essays so far. Below are some actual comments I’ve gotten on my work—I’m not including my professors’ names out of respect for their privacy, but I promise these are real comments:
“Doctoral level paper. Thorough review of literature; insightfully discussed subtle and complex theory. Very impressive. Top notch.”
“Exemplary paper. If I could give this a 21 [out of 20], I would. I appreciate how well you've taken on this project.”
“This is such an impressive, well-researched, and well-synthesized paper. You have done awesome work here! This is by far the most impressive reference list I have ever seen for this assignment.”
“Excellent! Very thorough, well-organized, and well-written. Pleasure to read.”
“Excellent review, well written and personal.”
“Another thought provoking paper!!! Thanks for bringing your whole self to this process. Your ability to keep an eye on both process and the carrot is quite impressive.”