Christy Shivers is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (see, “What is a MFT Intern?” below) who has worked extensively with individuals and couples around issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, addiction, trauma, resentment and intimacy. She has completed all 3000 hours needed for licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Christy is under the clinical supervision of Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT and offers compassion and experience at a lower fee.
Christy in her own words:
“I draw from a mix of techniques in my work with clients and am strongly committed to facilitating the self-awareness that leads to positive change. I will work with you to cultivate the safe space necessary to explore various pathways to transformation. My experience includes working with individuals and couples on an array of concerns, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, life transitions, addiction, and issues of resentment. I have a particular interest in trauma and the ways in which it impacts interpersonal relationships and intimacy. I have worked extensively with individuals and couples around these challenges.”
What is a MFT Intern? When many people hear the word “intern,” they think of a student volunteering with little education, or someone just starting in a job position without any experience. Interns in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT Interns) are very different; they have their Master’s Degrees and a significant number of clinical hours behind them. They are required to have 3,000 hours, a combination of individual and relational therapy hours, before they can sit for the licensing exams.
Marriage and Family Therapist interns must be approved through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and are required to have weekly supervision meetings. During these meetings, they will review each case with their supervisor and discuss the ethical and legal issues of being a therapist.