Welcome Part I
Welcome to my blog!
Let me start by introducing myself to you on a professional level, (note this differentiation for Welcome Part II): My name is Ginger Klee, and I am a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern and a Registered Professional Clinical Counselor Intern*. And, yes, that’s all quite the mouthful to say out loud. I have my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Counseling. I currently work at a non-profit agency (Casa Youth Shelter) and a community agency (Institute of Advanced Studies) where I have the privilege to help teenagers and adults through the power of therapy. I work from a feminist orientation utilizing the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model through EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing,) while integrating Attachment and Family System theories.
Now, if you are relatively new to the idea of therapy/counseling, or you never took the time to look into the various types of theoretical orientations that clinicians practice from, that last sentence in particular may have made your eyes gloss over. I had seen four different therapists before I started my academic path, and I had no idea what any of those theories were or what they meant until I started studying them. So, if you have no idea what any of those theories are, that’s okay! If you’re interested in learning about anything I threw in that last sentence of the previous paragraph, you’ll be able to do just that by reading this blog.
How can that be helpful?
As I stated, before my college days, I never took the time to learn about what my therapists were doing and from what orientation they were working from. Did I get some help? Yes. Were they all helpful? No.
Were they bad therapists? Not necessarily. But, had I known before choosing to see them what framework and what perspective they would be coming from, I may have chosen someone else to bare my soul to. The therapist or two that I had that weren’t helpful for me may not have been because they weren’t good at their job, but that we simply weren’t compatible. It’s one thing to look at what the clinician claims are their specialties (teens, adults, trauma, depression, eating disorders, etc.), and it’s a whole other thing to look at how they say they will treat those issues—their theoretical orientation.
Let me put it this way, are you going to order a dish to eat simply by looking at the ingredients, or do you also want to know how those ingredients that you like to eat are going to be prepared?
So, that’s why part of this journey I will take you on will include what framework I come from and introduce you to other orientations that are out there. Welcome Part II (coming soon) is going to discuss the more personal side of therapy, including a more personal introduction of me, and other topics I plan to dive into.
Welcome! I hope you stay long for the ride.
*IMF#87773 & PCCI#2272; Supervised by Dr. Mary M. Read, PhD, LMFT 25112