Professional Counseling Intern
Chandler is an intern student from Temple University working towards hours for graduating with master’s in mental health counseling. She is supervised by Caitlin Siekerka, LPC, and receives classroom consultations through Temple University.
I have always believed our lives to be like a long novel. A novel that, at times, may seem complex or challenging, and you are not quite sure how the story will end or what the next chapter will look like. However, each chapter builds on one another, thus, giving you a peek into your future by looking at your past stories. You may find that patterns within your story are indicative of your future. Therapy can help you write new chapters that only repeat the patterns you like and change what you don’t.
Considering that analogy, I believe therapy should always be a space that allows clients to share their stories, free from judgment, as we explore how the plot might be affected by trauma or other unresolved feelings. Specifically, as an ally of the LGBTQ+ and POC communities, I strive to listen and make space for those whose stories are often forgotten or not heard.
During my time in my master’s program, I have been able to explore different approaches to therapy. I believe both narrative and relational-cultural theory (RCT) can be extremely helpful when used correctly. However, I realize that these techniques may not be suited for everyone, and ultimately think therapy should be a collaborative effort for both client and counselor, and I am flexible in finding what works best.
Born and raised in California, I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Fresno. After needing a change, I moved across the country to Philadelphia and pursued my master’s in mental health counseling at Temple University. My love for Philly has inspired me to stay long-term. In the future, I hope to work with children and adults who wish to seek therapeutic services.
Schedule of Availability:
Tuesdays: 9-3p in-office or virtual
Saturdays: 9-3p in-office or virtual