Joining the Mental Health Army
The graduate students spend 20 hours a week for two full semesters at the facility. Graduate students are able to work with patients in therapy, evaluate new patients and work hand in hand with the therapists and psychiatrists on treatment plans for patients. A licensed Social worker, who is part of the staff, supervises them. The focus is to see patients and learn the art of being a mental health therapist.
Many interns have expressed what a positive experience it was interning at Freedom From Fear. They feel the experience was educational and that it motivated them to want to pursue a career in the mental health field. Several of the graduate students now work full-time as therapists at Freedom From Fear.
If you are interested in joining our internship program, please do the following:
- State whether you are an undergraduate student or a graduate student
- State what school you currently attend
- If you are a graduate student, state the program you are currently in
- State the line of work you are interested in pursuing, what you want to specialize in
- Provide us with the time period you would like to intern
- Send an updated resume
All of this information is to be sent to Mary Guardino (Founder/Executive Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary at 718-351-1717 x. 20.
Hello, my name is Athena and I interned at Freedom From Fear during summer 2018. I am currently a graduate student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and I am receiving my master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. I selected Freedom From Fear for my internship because I knew it would provide me with a hands on experience in a clinical setting and allow me to better understand how to apply various therapies and counseling with patients. My experience at Freedom From Fear allowed me to become more confident in diagnosing client’s, conducting clinical interviews, and applying exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Working one-on-one with various therapists, supervisors, and the director, Mary, was an unforgettable experience and a remarkable opportunity. It was a wonderful experience being able to work with diverse clients. My internship experience at Freedom From Fear prepared me for my last year as a Master’s student and prepared me to work with clients.
I had the chance to compile research about bullying to help create a documentary. My time at Freedom From Fear incorporated hobbies of mine such as research and writing while educating me on bullying. My internship at Freedom From Fear allowed me to grow as an individual both personally and professionally. I’m also lucky to have been involved in raising awareness about the importance of mental health and anti-bullying through their social media sites!
-Athena, Graduate Intern, Summer 2018
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am currently a second year graduate student at Baruch College where I am working towards my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I was fortunate enough to be accepted at Freedom From Fear for my internship placement this past Fall and my experience has been an extremely positive one thus far. I am truly enjoying all of the learning opportunities that this organization has to offer. What interests me the most about Freedom From Fear is the vast population of individuals who seek out mental health services.
The opportunity to be able to work with such a diverse and challenging population on a daily basis has been both rewarding and challenging at the same time. This experience so far has allowed me to gain the expertise and confidence I will need to be the best counselor I can be. One important reason as to why I have chosen to become a Mental Health Counselor is to end the stigma that comes along with having a mental illness. Also, to be given the opportunity to shed some light onto others about the importance of mental health services for everyone in need.
Hello, my name is Marawan and I attended CUNY Brooklyn College’s program for mental health counseling. I interned at Freedom from Fear for the 2016-2017 school year. I searched vigorously for an internship site that would provide me with rich clinical exposure, supportive supervision, warm staff atmosphere and opportunities that would carry me through the beginning of my career as a new clinician. At Freedom from Fear, I found each of these areas not only met, but exceeded my expectations. Spanning from the highly experienced clinicians, to the bedrock of operations that are the front desk staff, and all the way to the director herself - Mary Guardino - did I find a group of not only skilled but warm and humorous group of support that developed me in to a finely tuned clinician.
I worked primarily with children; however also saw adolescence and young adults. The opportunity to form intimate and healing bonds with each one of these individuals was an invaluable experience that helped me understand exactly how it is one does therapy. My work would not have been as nurturing as it could be if not for the help of all the highly skilled supervisors, clinicians and psychiatrists on site that were always more than willing to sit with me and discuss any issues I brought up. I was enabled to use CBT and encouraged to bring in other therapeutic tools that I felt appropriate. I became more organized in being able to perform intakes, see patients, seek supervision and create my progress notes. In the end, I am fortunate to have been part of such a rewarding experience at Freedom from Fear and feel confident to move forward as a mental health counselor – helping the world find equanimity, one person at a time.
Interning at Freedom From Fear solidified my dream of working in the mental health field. I had the unique experience of working alongside gifted and acclaimed professionals who devoted their time to helping people reclaim control over their lives. Freedom From Fear showed me the vital connection between individual psychotherapy and larger scale advocacy and psychoeducation. I am forever grateful for all the lessons I have learned that will propel me forward as I work towards a clinical degree.
- Talia, Undergraduate Intern, Summer 2017
Hello, my name is Bianca and I interned during the summer of 2017. As a current undergraduate at Rider University, I am overwhelmed with Psychology and Social Work classes. Interning here at Freedom From Fear took what I learned in the classroom and pushed me to apply it, in a more hands on way. While interning, I was able to get individualized guidance in the mental health field. I got experience sitting in on therapy sessions, taking notes during an evaluation, prepping files for psychiatrists, using language related to the field, and experience communicating with patients. Having the ability to interact with therapists, social workers, and psychiatrists gave me the ability to see mental health disorders through a new lens and have a more lucid view of the complicated diagnosis process. I’m so appreciative of the staff at Freedom From Fear, especially Mary Guardino, who has impacted my journey into the mental health field.
My journey in training to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) has been an enthralling one. Interning at Freedom From Fear has helped navigate me towards my goals in becoming a CMHC. After graduating with my Master’s in CMHC and completing my internship hours, I plan to work with adolescents and young adults in my career. While interning here, I have worked with several adolescences and young adults. Eventually my primary goal will be to work with adolescents and young adults suffering from eating disorders. Living in a world that revolves around objectification has notably increased the number of women and men living with eating disorders in the past several years, which is why I have become so passionate about helping others with this. I have gained a lot of experience and insight from interning at Freedom From Fear that will shape me into the best clinician I can be.
-Alexa, Graduate Intern, 2015-2016
Here are some statements from past interns, expressing their feelings towards the program:
“For me, the most beneficial aspect of interning at Freedom From Fear was learning the interdisciplinary approach to mental health, in which therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, and psychologists worked together to provide for clients.”