An MFTi is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. The title of "Marriage and Family Therapist" can be misleading as it often makes people believe MFTs only provide support for marriage and/or family struggles. Above all else, MFT's are relationship specialists who work with people on their interpersonal (person-to-person) and intrapersonal (person-to-self) relationships in an effort to develop strengths and generate the specific kind of healing they are seeking.
A clinician operating under the MFTi license from the Board of Behavioral Sciences has earned a Masters Degree from an accredited Counseling Psychology program and is working to complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical psychotherapy before being eligible to receive full status as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. An MFTi consults regularly with a licensed mental health clinician about their cases.
I am currently a registered MFT Intern (#87211) with the BBS. This allows me to practice under supervision until the internship period has ended. I have completed my 3,000 hours and have passed the Marriage & Family Therapist licensing examinations. I currently am waiting for my license to be posted by the BBS, expected by early July 2017.
I am supervised by Catherine Eliaser, LMFT #36132.