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Posted: 2012 November 27 at 2:40pm | IP Logged Quote Keith
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Hi All

I am just finished with my M1 year in Counseling Psychology. Its been such a year of growth and learning and naturally a journey of personal discovery. I see myself more as a clinical psychologist and would like some advice on how to make the switch from where I am now to Clinical without having to redo the M1 year. I did apply at a university for clinical but I did not make it through in spite of my background and experience. This is very frustrating because I feel that I developed myself as a therapist, academically, personally and profesionally and equipt myself with the necassary skills to really assist people who has difficulties in living.

Can anybody please shed some light on this difficulty that I am experiencing. Surely there has to be a way to get into an internship or something that will allow me to register as a clinical psychologist. The M1 year I completed looks very similar to the M1 academic years of MClin programs. Same subjects ext.

Thank you
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Posted: 2012 December 19 at 5:13am | IP Logged Quote David L Wilson
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Hi Keith

No doubt a bit obvious, but have you examined your need to be a clinical psychologist in your own therapy and identified possible issues, as yet not conscious or resolved? Coming from a psychoanalytic background , I consider our own therapy the cardinal investment and the key preparation to become a therapist, and to discover the sometimes less palatable aspects of ourselves, including our pathology, such as need to be needed, need for control, even defences against sadism, that may manifest. A recent article by Hyde(2012) in The Australian Clinical Psychology Journal, talks of the wounded healer, and the notion that a majority of therapists may be depressive thin -skinned narcissists!! I think we do need to be in touch with our damage, to be drawn to this dangerous field- dangerous because I think there is a certain "madness" to daily exposing ourselves to often toxic material and narcissistic patients who are unrelenting in their determination to prove that the therapist is useless or some kind of lavatorial object. Good luck-the processes for admission are often highly dubious , or sometimes a chance to explore an aspect of self not yet dealt with. Should have been given feedback though as to reason for not being selected?! I have seen over the years though that the truly determined almost always finally get selected, so persevere. Regards David

Norwood, Psychoanalytic Clinical Psychologist, 072 122 7217   18yrs exp.
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