Communications Chari, LA-CAMFT
At the end of this year and the end of my time as an MFT Intern, I find myself in a reflective state. My thoughts drift to the very first time I sat across from a client, nervously conducting an intake. I was incredibly anxious (“Am I dressed like a therapist? What if I mess up?”) but I was also buoyed by the sense of safety and containment I felt because of the place where I was conducting my session: Women’s Clinic & Family Counseling Center.
Women’s Clinic & Family Counseling Center is a staple of the Los Angeles therapy community. It existed for 43 years as a medical clinic, delivering much needed care to low-income individuals in addition to providing counseling services. It is the place where I learned how to be a therapist and where so many people received empathic attention and support regardless of their finances.
On October 23, 2015, the medical portion of the clinic closed and the counseling side did what it modeled to so many of its clients and staff: It adapted to the changes by moving offices and jumpstarting fundraising. Despite the changes, 14 highly trained Marriage and Family Therapy Trainees and Interns currently provide over 300 sessions a month in their new West LA location.
I am asking you to please consider making a donation to support this incredible counseling community as it moves into its next chapter. By doing so, you will help make counseling accessible and support the training and development of skilled clinicians.