ALAMFT Clinician Spotlight

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Name/Title:  Magdaline Braxton, Marriage and Family Therapy Student Intern

Work Setting:  Solid Ground Counseling Center                             

Length of time: Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2022

Education:  B.S. Psychology, Athens State University

                     M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University, Anticipated Fall 2023

  • How did you come into the field of MFT?

I always knew that God’s purpose and plan for my life was to extend love, help and hope to others. My path however, to accomplishing this goal, was not always clear. I didn’t fit in with the traditional methods of mental health treatment, meaning diagnose and medicate. I held the belief that the family unit was the foundation in life and the core of who we are and why we do what we do. In addressing the many challenges that arise within the family unit, we could alter and possibly avoid issues that arise later in life: conflict, suicide, depression, anxiety, aggression and many more. I would later come to realize that this was a systemic form of mental health treatment found in Marriage and Family Therapy. This realization connected me to my purpose and cleared the path to accomplishing my goal.           

  • What do you like most about your job?

The interpersonal connection with people.

          Do you have a crucial career lesson you have learned so far?

The importance of managing the self of the therapist for the benefit of the client and its importance in building rapport, fostering empathy, and strengthening the therapeutic relationship.

         Is there someone special who inspires you & why?

My husband, my mother, and Rachel Sullivan, LMFT and owner of Solid Ground Counseling Center. Rachel was key in guiding me to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. During my senior year of undergrad, I was fortunate to attend an event where Rachel presented on her journey and role as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I was instantly inspired and felt connected to a profession I had not known before.

  • We know clinicians need to take care of themselves before caring for others - share with us one important self-care tip.

Therapists are not exempt from the stresses of life. It is important to be mindful of the self of the therapist and know that there may come a time when the counselor needs counseling. 
        

  • Is there something you want to achieve in the duration of your career?

Bring enlightenment and change to antiquated processes of mental health treatment.

Interested in the Process of Spotlight a Clinician?
Clinicians who are spotlighted get networked with the previous clinician by a Board member. They then facilitate a short (15-20 minute) conversation around the questions outlined above. Each clinician has access to a Google Form with the questions before the live conversation so that interview serves as a fun way to network with a new professional. Our Student Intern helps with this entire process, so you are not alone! Have additional questions, feel free to reach out!