Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy
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Kim Simone

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This internship at Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy consisted of training and supervision by a licensed psychologist to work as an intake counselor dealing with a diverse patient population. I gained the experience of working with adults, children, and families with substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, abuse, marriage and family stress and more. I also learned the overall administration for running a private practice. At Arista, I had the valuable opportunity for face to face interaction with patients, all of which are necessary skills to be successful in grad school and in the mental health field.

How did this experience impact you academically?

After graduating in the spring semester of 2023, I hope to obtain a master's degree in counseling to become a licensed professional counselor. At Arista, I had the opportunity to work with patients struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, some of the many topics I have learned about in my psychology courses at Penn State. Throughout my internship, I have furthered my understanding of such disorders and am certain that this growth is beneficial for my future courses at Penn State. I am confident that the skills I gained as a result of this internship have successfully prepared me for graduate school.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience provided me with the valuable skills needed to be a successful mental health counselor. With many programs offering specific paths and coursework for different counseling careers, I gained a better understanding of which programs I would like to apply for. I understand how valuable experiences like this internship are in my application to graduate level counseling programs. I am grateful that I was selected for one of the few spots given to an applicant pool of several hundred undergraduate students.

"This experience provided me with the valuable skills needed to be a successful mental health counselor."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I am thankful for the Career Enrichment Network as I have worked with a Liberal Arts career coach throughout the process of applying to this internship. I reviewed my resume with her and was advised on how the College of the Liberal Arts could help with enrichment funds for an enrichment experience like my summer internship. I am incredibly grateful for the help I have received as this internship at Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy is valuable to my academic and career goals.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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