A counselor trainee (CT) is graduate counseling student seeking licensure as a professional counselor. Counselor Trainees have the same scope of practice as a professional counselor, but require much closer supervision during the training process.
Megan Fortney (pronouns: she/her) is an experienced clinical intern with CT status who works with adolescents, young adults, adults, and groups. Her specialty interests include: anxiety, depression, and integrating creativity and positive psychology into counseling practice. She utilizes treatment approaches that are evidence-based and uniquely tailored to each client.
Megan completed her education at Ursuline College, earning a bachelor’s degree in art therapy. Currently, she is completing her master’s degree in counseling and art therapy at Ursuline College. Megan is passionate about utilizing a holistic health approach to promote wellness for all individuals and reducing the stigma around mental health. Additionally, she enjoys utilizing art therapy in sessions and cultivating a safe place for individuals to build relationships and grow through a wide range of issues. She believes learning is a life-long process and is constantly looking for ways to expand her knowledge and understanding.
Prior to joining Wellness Grove, Megan worked with diverse clients in hospital, school, art studio, nursing home, and community settings. She has experience leading art therapy groups for adults with physical disabilities, children in low-income areas who have experienced trauma, and adults with severe mental health struggles including personality disorders. She has completed her previous internships at the Art Therapy Studio, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, St. Columbkille School, Cleveland Clinic Lutheran, and P.A.L.S. for Healing. She also enjoyed working as an activities assistant in a nursing home for two and a half years.
Beyond her clinical work, Megan has a passion for service to others. She has experience in student leadership roles on her former tennis team and undergraduate art therapy group. Megan is dedicated to sharing her gifts and talents related to art therapy and counseling during service-learning trips to South Africa and Nepal.
Megan’s approach to counseling is collaborative and focuses on the therapeutic relationship. She strives to create a safe space to ensure all clients feel welcome and empowered. She believes personal growth and healing are the result of authenticity, vulnerability, mutual respect, and acceptance. In addition to being a non-judgmental, compassionate listener, she is a collaborative strength-builder and problem-solver. She is known for using psychoeducation, metaphors, and creative expression in sessions.
Her strengths include: creativity, kindness, love of learning, gratitude, optimism, and self-reflection.