Sara Cook, MA

My experience as a Master’s-level Intern at The Refuge Center was the most valuable part of my Master’s degree training. The staff was professional, resourceful, and created an environment of open exchange that truly benefited the intern population. The office is highly organized with excellent training programs, additional educational resources, and easy to use forms and documentation necessary to build effective client files.

I had the opportunity to work with clients suffering from a wide range of issues including; anxiety and depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, trauma recovery, and attachment disorders. Given the high volume of clients who receive services from The Refuge Center, I was able to complete over 700 hours of practicum and internship time in only 2 semesters. In addition to a case load of 10-12 clients, I was also given the opportunity to co-lead multiple psycho-educational and process groups—an invaluable experience.

The supervision I received encouraged and supported me while opening my eyes to new treatment modalities and theoretical approaches. My experience at The Refuge Center was both professionally and personally edifying and I highly recommend them as a practicum/internship site.