Counselling Intern

Maria Fernanda Enriquez

I’m Fer. (she/her/hers)

I’m a Master in Counselling Psychology Practicum Student from Adler University.

I have Masters degree for psychological counselling in my country of origin, Mexico, where I worked in community settings with people who had limited access to mental health services. This experience allowed me to understand the importance of supporting client’s growth by creating a safe space that empowers them and helps them find the resources they already have, to heal and grow.

For my therapeutic work, I use a narrative approach with a collaborative and trauma-informed framework. As human beings, we’re the stories we tell about and to ourselves, so it is essential to understand which stories are being told in therapy and how they are impacting us. There are no definite stories, and we can always write new ones that reflect our authentic self and gives us space to grow and heal. For this purpose, I use different tools, from writing-based interventions to homework, to facilitate change.

I don’t stop being human when I’m in session, and I acknowledge that my different identities give me a particular way of experiencing reality, something that is true for clients too. Every person has a unique perspective on the world, and in the therapeutic room, my identities and those of the client interact and influence the way therapy goes. These multiple and diverse identities also shape our relationship during the therapeutic process, which allows for change to happen.

I’m a Latinx and Mexican cisgender woman; I’m a migrant, and I’m a bilingual counsellor in English and Spanish, so I’m familiar with working with people with experiences such as migration, racism or gender issues, such as gender-related violence. I also work with issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life transitions, and difficulties with interpersonal relationships.

A particular area I’m experienced in is neurodiversity, such as ADHD, an aspect of identity that tends to be unacknowledged.  

Being in therapy can be a scary process as it puts us in a vulnerable position, and yet it is this vulnerability within a safe space that allows change to happen. Therapy is an act of courage and a journey I’m honoured to walk alongside clients.