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Our Model of Care: Education and Collaboration

Grace Hope Counseling of Florida strongly thinks that the collaborative care approach is the greatest method to provide personalized, high-quality treatment. We are a group of dedicated healthcare professionals who put their pride aside to make sure that our patients receive the finest care possible, whether it be from one clinician, two clinicians, or a member of the community. Our mission is to better the lives of our clients by assisting them in realizing their full potential.

Having Master’s Level Graduate Students and Master’s/Doctoral Level Counselors allows us to:

  • Provide trauma-informed services of the highest caliber at a significantly reduced cost.

  • Encourage the growth and development of the upcoming generation of trauma therapists, who are sorely needed in our community, by providing them with chances for training and experience in trauma.

What Is A Master’s Level Graduate Student Intern?

Typically, our interns are Master's level students completing credit hours toward their intended graduate degree. They are close to finishing their degree because they have essentially finished all of the coursework or "book knowledge" requirements. Before receiving their graduate degree, they must accumulate hundreds of practice hours. They collaborate with us as affiliates even though they are not practice employees. Through a partnership with their university, Grace Hope Counseling of Florida provides students with a clinical location to obtain experience and clinical supervision at no expense to the student or the university. In return, the Grace Hope Counseling of Florida is able to charge less for those counseling sessions, which benefits the general public and also aids in defraying the overhead costs of having them on site and providing them with routine, scheduled clinical supervision as well as after-hours or emergency supervision. 

The supervisor at the university oversees the interns once a week. Throughout the course of their placement, they must additionally participate in weekly on-site supervision with a site supervisor (4 hours per month). Considering how much more supervision is needed for trauma work, our interns typically receive more oversight than is necessary.

To keep expenses down without compromising the caliber of treatment, we believe having interns is essential. It's a method to support the counseling industry by educating and mentoring new counselors.

What Is A Master’s Level Counselor Or Doctoral Level Counselor?

Those who have completed their Master's or Doctoral degrees and are presently working on meeting the state requirements to obtain a temporary license are referred to as "Master's Level Counselors" or "Doctoral Level Counselors." These therapists possess a bachelor's and a master's degree, at the very least. The requisite number of internship hours have been completed. While putting together for the compulsory state board exams, they continue to work under supervision. Depending on the path to licensing being pursued, testing differs. The test administrator determines the test dates, which can change.

Due to the expertise and education these providers have, their prices are a little higher than those of interns. They might have been providing therapy for 2-4 years, and they frequently have at least one area of specialization. They are regarded as young, emerging professionals who are zealous and passionate about gaining more experience!


What Is An Associate Therapist?

"Associate therapists" are individuals who have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree in counseling and have been given a temporary license (provisional) to practice under supervision until they accumulate 1,500 practice hours, which can take two to five years.

What Is A Licensed Therapist?

"Licensed therapists" have satisfied ALL state requirements to get and keep a professional license, including those for licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors. They have completed all the requirements for licensing and are no longer under supervision.

Given their training and expertise, these therapists have the highest rates in the practice. Licensed therapists have a clear grasp of the clients they like and the fields in which they specialize. They are the subject matter experts in the structure and are better prepared to handle cases that are more complicated

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