I have my first session with a client at the Counseling Center on campus today.
It’s not like this is my first appointment ever. I’ve seen client’s individually and I’ve led groups at my internship site countless times, but still, today’s appointment is freaking me out. I’m really nervous.
The clients at my internship at severely mentally ill. They live on site at the residence. They do not work or travel independently. They suffer from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychotic symptoms. Our sessions focus on setting goals and learning symptom management techniques. It’s not the typical therapy like you see on television or in the movies where you explore questions like, “How does that make you feel?”
The client I am meeting this afternoon is much more high functioning. They are in graduate school and their major complaint is mild depression.
I feel more like I am meeting a friend and we are going to talk about what’s stressing them out.
It seems much more real to me.
I talked to my friend last night who is a teacher. She was so excited for me and said, “It’s like you are student teaching! Next thing you know you’ll be working and seeing clients on your own!”
It’s true. I graduate in 3 months. In three months I could have a job and see clients regularly.
I really hope I can help this person. I really don’t want to screw this up. If you’ve got a few minutes around 5pm I would really appreciate any good thoughts or prayers.