Our Intern Program
“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
We at Vital Sources see our investment in our interns as a means of paying forward our own years of professional training. We believe by investing in our interns, a relatively costly and demanding process if done thoughtfully, we are investing in the important work of Christian professionals who will extend the healing ministry we are providing. We’re committed to this for several reasons:
- We want to give back as others gave to us during our training
- We are able to multiply our impact in the community by providing clinical services to those with economic limitations and difficulty paying for mental health needs
- We are giving new professionals excellent training and supervision to set them up for excellence in future service
- In giving, we fulfill the “law of love”
- We become better clinicians by training others
Our Commitment To Clinical Growth And Excellence
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
We intentionally focus our Thursdays on training and teaching within our team. Clinical case consultation allows for the team to present our work to one another (always with confidentiality protected), asking questions and receiving feedback from the growing and seasoned team. Often, actual examples of clinical work via video are used to gain additional clinical perspective which ultimately grows and challenges the therapist. Our clients benefit by receiving clinical feedback from more than one clinical perspective. We all benefit and grow. These along with many hours of individual supervision are just a few of the ways we focus on growing our clinical competence.
Matthew Rochefort, MS, PsyD (Candidate) Intern
Many people come into therapy feeling scared, confused, broken, and alone, often having exhausted all other means of helping themselves. Some see therapy as a last resort, and maybe even as a defeat. And yet, as a clinician, the more clients I work with the more I am inspired by their adaptability, intelligence, resourcefulness, and courage. In living with and listening to others we come to recognize that nobody’s perfect, no one “has it all together”, and that we are all on a journey that is both frighteningly unknown and captivatingly wonderful.
Psychotherapy can often feel similar. But through the process of therapy a powerful means of inner healing can be accessed if one is willing to risk the vulnerability it often entails. Change is possible and hope is available. Simply reaching out can be a first step towards an entirely new way of being that may not have seemed possible before. I’d like to facilitate this possibility with you.
Matt is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Psychological Services at Divine Mercy University, working with clients as an intern under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Laracy. He received his master’s degree from Divine Mercy University, and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ave Maria University, with a minor in Philosophy. Throughout his training, Matt has had various practicum placements including working with a developmentally-delayed and autistic population, working in an outpatient substance abuse counseling center, and providing psychotherapy and assessment services at an outpatient clinic. Matt is interested in working with a wide range of adults and children on an individual basis, and is working on his dissertation on subtypes of depression from a psychoanalytic perspective.
Matt was born and raised in Florida and is enlivened by all things outdoors: the beach, the forests, the mountains, and everything in-between. In his spare time, he likes going hiking, playing a variety of sports, engaging in fitness activities, reading, and playing guitar. Matt seeks to learn about life and people in all their myriad ways of being, and hopes to be able to use this knowledge to help those in need. Most importantly, Matt enjoys spending time with his friends and family.