Ann Stoneson, LPC, LPC-S

Ann Stoneson, LPC, LPC-S

Co-Creator of Beginning Counselor: Building Your Ideal Internship

My internship wasn’t ideal.  I dropped out of my PhD program back in 2007, leaving Pennsylvania with my MS in Clinical Psychology and no clue what my career prospects looked like without the PhD.  So, my early career path weathered a lot of awkward growing pains—changing degrees and licenses, moving between states, and more.

When I finished my internship in 2011, I resolved to help others find their way to the other side of theirs.  I began offering a licensing and post-graduate planning workshops called Building Your Ideal Internship in Austin. Shortly after that first workshop, I put together counselinginterns.com to talk more in depth about concerns new counselors often have.

I can’t tell you how delighted I was to stumble across Stephanie’s Beginning Counselor site back in the early days.  I was surprised to see someone like me, just a few hours’ drive away, trying to help all the newly graduated counselors finding their way through internship and into private practice.  Stephanie and I love geeking out together talking about internship, even though that portion of our journey is behind us now.

When I’m not working behind the scenes with Beginning Counselor:  Building Your Ideal Internship, I’m working in my Austin-based private practice, Labyrinth Healing, where I specialize in people-pleasing and trauma recovery.  I also supervise a group of LPC interns who want to be in private practice someday.

Stephanie Adams, LPC

Stephanie Adams, LPC

Co-Creator, Beginning Counselor: Building Your Ideal Internship

I remember my training for my master's in counseling - along with my intern hours - as some of the most fulfilling times of my life. But it was also the most petrifying. I didn't feel like I knew what I was doing half the time. I worried I was going to "mess up" with my clients. I wondered how to make a living after I actually became a counselor full-time.

These are some of the reasons I co-authored a book with my clinical supervisor, Dr. Carol Doss, called, The Beginning Counselor's Survival Guide: The New Counselor's Plan For Success From Practicum To Licensure.

It's also why I started the Beginning Counselor social networking site in 2010, where new counselors can connect with and support one another, along with learning the things they REALLY want to know. I am thrilled that Beginning Counselor has now merged with Ann Stoneson's Counseling Interns to provide new counselors with our combined resources, so we can better support you in your counseling journey, together!

In addition to Beginning Counselor: Building Your Ideal Internship, I own a private counseling practice specializing in anxiety with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. I'm also a blogger for the American Counseling Association and a presenter on professional counseling topics for organizations like the Dallas Metro Counselor Association, The Northeast Texas Counselor Association, The American Mental Health Counselor Association and the 2015 National Conference of the American Counseling Association. I also help counselors learn to start, manage and grow purposeful, profitable and passionate private practices at MYOB Counselor