I had an incredible experience as a trainee at the Ardent Grove Foundation (AGF). During my time at AGF, I was given the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients with a variety of needs. Because of this, I was able to utilize and hone a range of treatment modalities. The strong rapport I had with my incredible supervisors allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone, enhancing my confidence in my skills as a clinician. Furthermore, our rich supervisory discussions improved my case conceptualization and understanding of theory. The atmosphere of AGF was one of warmth, encouragement, and growth. I feel really lucky to have spent my final externship as a trainee at this placement!
Being an Extern at Ardent Grove was truly one of the highlights of my doctoral training experience. The supervision is second to none and the environment is as ambitious and professional as one can find in the field of mental health. Most importantly, though, was how I was treated by my supervisors and colleagues. I was challenged AND supported throughout my time there in such a unique and personal way, and with such a collaborative spirit. Ardent Grove is the ideal place for students and clients alike to grow and foster their best selves.
I spent two training years at Catalyst Center (which transitioned into what is now called Ardent Grove). My training experience there was nothing less than superb. The entire team at AG is highly trained, extremely knowledgeable and exceedingly warm. My competence in trauma, couples work, and generalized individual treatment has increased many times over after my time with Kendra, Chelsea, Courtney and the rest of the AG team. The supervisors at AG allowed me to develop my own clinical style while still remaining engaged, attentive, and highly accessible. I highly recommend AG as a top-tier training site.
My time with the Ardent Grove Foundation has substantially developed how I carry myself as a clinician. Kendra and Chelsea are some of most impressive supervisors I’ve had the pleasure of working with. They strike the tricky balance of empowering externs to shape their own therapeutic styles while also providing copious guidance, helpful feedback, and endless encouragement. Kendra, my primary supervisor, was critical to developing my ability to work in a trauma-informed manner. She is particularly adept at incorporating attachment theory across the lifespan. Chelsea provided me with invaluable therapeutic assessment experience, thereby honing my diagnostic skills and ability to deliver testing in a more culturally proficient manner. In addition to excellent supervision, Ardent Grove provided useful monthly seminars around topics such as starting a private practice and conducting sand tray therapy. Furthermore, the team is comprised of sociable and helpful clinicians who are always willing to provide consultation and advice. Overall, my Ardent Grove experience has been invaluable in preparing me for Internship, building my therapeutic and assessment abilities, and shaping my clinical voice.