SHSU Counseling Internship Student
Supervised by Shawna Munson, MA, LPC-S
Accepting New In-Person and Telehealth Clients in our Livingston Office
Hello! My name is Phelan Dickerson, pronounced (Fay-len) I am a current grad student at Sam Houston State University working on my Master's in Clinical Mental Health. I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
As someone who grew up surrounded by mental unhealth and struggled with depression myself, I have always known I wanted to focus on treating trauma and mental health disorders. I am extremely passionate about the field of mental health as a whole, and especially in advocating for social justice, human rights, and access to affordable therapy. During undergrad, I gained experience as a behavior therapist working with various disabilities and clients on the spectrum. It was also in undergrad that I noticed the lack of resources and issues survivors of sexual violence faced. So, In 2018 I started my own organization to help young survivors seek justice for sexual violence. Since then, I have gained more experience with this population and researched the effects of sexual trauma. Since 2020 I worked in a behavioral hospital gaining more experience with severe mental health disorders and suicidal issues.
In my internship, I would like to focus on adolescents and adults dealing with trauma, severe mental health disorders, and incarcerated populations. I hope to facilitate group counseling as well as individual therapy and eventually gain experience in working with couples as well. My future career aspirations include obtaining my LPC and LSOTP and eventually pursuing a doctorate.
My primary theory is Gestalt-focused, though I hope to work on becoming more integrated with all theories and to learn to utilize whichever theory works best for you. As a gestalt-focused therapist, I believe the best way to see change is to confront how we exist as a whole; through mind and body rather than separating the two. My focus is to maintain your awareness of how you are feeling in the present, and how we can move on from past experiences together. In counseling, I see you as the expert of your own lives, and myself as the facilitator to help you reach your goals. I strive to provide a safe space for all people to speak freely and feel whatever emotions come up in a judgment and discriminatory-free environment.
In my free time I like to engage in advocacy work, research new topics of focus, binge-watch shows, try new foods, socialize and travel.