Becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California is a rigorous process containing three phases. The first step is receiving a formal education and obtaining a Master's degree. Next, the Associate needs to acquire 3,000 hours of experience under the Supervision of Licensed professionals. Once those hours have been approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences they may enter the examination process. There are two exams they must pass before they officially become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
After more than a decade of gaining wisdom, experience and expertise in this field, I became a Supervisor to impart this knowledge to others. In selecting Associates to work under my supervision, the most important criteria were: Integrity, Inclusivity, Competency and Aptitude. Additionally, these Associates have accrued a majority of their internship hours so they have quite a bit of experience coming into a Private Practice Internship. I have full confidence in the Associates' work, but also discuss each case with them to ensure their clients receive excellent care.
Hannah Banks is a registered Associate Marriage and Family therapist working under my supervision. She provides counseling to teens and young adults. Issues she works well with: anxiety, depression, family issues, interpersonal issues and stressors of family trauma, school, relationships and more. She works with her clients to identify the places of conflict and hopelessness to bring and foster new peace, healing, and personal strength.
Naila Qureshi is a registered Associate Marriage and Family therapist and registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor working under my supervision. She provides counseling to adults, couples, teens, children and families. Issues she works well with: depression, anxiety, communication issues, intimacy issues, stress management and finding balance. She has a lot of experience working with grief, loss, life transitions, cultural issues and trauma. She wants to empower clients to be self-reliant in order to form a healthy lifestyle.