This first post in the young professionals series is geared toward those considering using the services of a young therapist and toward young mental health professionals who are trying to put their clients at ease.
Positives of using a young therapist:
1.Up to date with new theories and research. Since they have only been out of school for a short period of time, this means that the information they have learned in school is more up to date, which means they have often learned more recent discoveries regarding mental health issues and treatment.
2. More empathetic and less desensitized. Young therapists are able to see clients with fresh eyes. They have heard and seen enough to treat you but not so much that they are desensitized and unable to empathize.
3. Consults with others on a regular basis. Young therapists both in grad school and ones that are out of school and working toward licensure are required to meet with a licensed supervisor on a regular basis. This means that these therapists are not limited to the limitations of their own experience and perspective but are also able to look at your situation with confidential feedback from others.
4. Less expensive. If a bachelor or master’s level pre-licensed therapist is providing services to you in an office setting, they often charge less than a licensed therapist.
5. Passionate/less burned out. A young therapist has had less time in this stressful field and as a result is less likely to be burned out. Young therapist have often not had enough negative experiences in the field to dampen their passion.
6. Optimistic about how clients will do and the therapy process as a whole. Young therapists have been inundated with positive messages about the field and their role in it.
7. Less complacent and know they need to prove their self. Young therapists are trying to getting their career started and know therapy is a learning process for you and them. They know that in order for you to be confortable, they need to inspire confidence in you of their abilities. They work hard to show you they want to help and are able to help you.
8. Less preconceptions of how a client with a particular diagnosis will present. It is easy for an older counselor who has worked in the field for many years to make generalizations and assumptions about clients with certain diagnoses based off of their past experience with similar clients in the past. However, young therapists are better able to look at you as an individual since they have not had as much time to make overgeneralizations.
I have decided to write 4 parts to this series on young professionals. In addition to today’s topic, I also plan on writing on the positives of being a young mental health professional, things to be aware of and potential drawbacks of utilizing the services of young mental health professionals, and things to be aware of and potential drawbacks of being a young mental health professional.