Pre-Licensed Internship Programs

Chosen Family Therapy sponsors the gender-affirming and culturally-sensitive Associate and Trainee Programs at our sister organization, Chosen Family Sanctuary

BBS-Approved

Read more about our recent program graduates below!

All of our programs are run by BBS-approved Clinical Supervisors who are authorized to support Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of California

MADILYNN A. BECK

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 
 
Pronouns (she/her/hers)
AMFT #272277

Formerly Supervised by Giovanni Trimble (JS Very), LMFT 107074

Chosen Family Therapy Associate Program Graduate

Notable Accomplishments during the Chosen Family Therapy Associate Program:

  • First Cohort of the 1 Year Chosen Family Therapy Associate Program

  • Created, Launched, and Managed the Chosen Family Empowerment Project, a Fiscally Funded Project by The Good Rural

  • Researcher on local Hospital and Surgeon Mental health strategic partnerships 

  • Researcher on Fiscal Sponsorship opportunities for art, community, and mental health

  • researcher on the development of Digital Art Therapy groups  

  • Founder of the concept, Finding your niche in Entrepreneurial and Founders Therapy

  • Assistance in brand development and website design

  • Writing Gender Affirming Surgery Letters for psychotherapy clients according to both the informed consent model and the WPATH standards of Care

  • Working with a racially and culturally diverse caseload of clients who identified along the 2SLGBTQAI+ spectrum

  • Provided individual and relationship therapy to psychotherapy to Chosen Family Sanctuary Sponsored Clients

  • Founder for the concept of Decolonizing Therapy Notes

  • Original Member and founder of Chosen Family Universe Team Meetings

  • Original Member of founding DND methods in psychotherapy

  • Completed Trainings on:

-Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

-Trans and Gender Affirming Care

-Identifying intimate partner violence

-Psychotherapy with poly and CNM clients 

-Ecotherapy 

-Telehealth ethics and laws

More about Madilynn A. Beck:

 

Multi-degreed and multi-hyphenate, I believe I am a conduit for equity and storytelling.

My journey of the exploration of endurance has led me to the study and practice of Marriage and Family Therapy.

I’ve enjoyed learning about the foundations of theoretical practices, but have become enamored with the application - using therapy to improve peoples' quality of life. 

My methodology of choice is Emotion-Focused Therapy; "If you can't feel it, you can't fix it."

I pride myself on contributing to the community of practitioners, historically known for the disproportionate representation of womxn of color.

My commitment is to serving the true reflection of the world we live in, through a mission of awareness, communication, and healing.

Madilynn Beck, a therapist who is a queer Black woman smiles at the camera

MARIYA MILAN

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 
 
Pronouns (she/her/hers)
AMFT #123031

Formerly Supervised by JS Very (Giovanni Trimble), LMFT 107074

Chosen Family Therapy Associate Program Graduate

Notable Accomplishments during the Chosen Family Therapy Associate Program:

 

  • Working with a racially and culturally diverse caseload of clients who identified along the 2SLGBTQAI+ spectrum

  • Mariya Milan established a partnership with Qweerty Gamers at our sister organization, Chosen Family Sanctuary (501)(C)(3).

  • Mariya co-created the foundational framework for Dungeons and Dragons Group Therapy and Gamer Therapy for individuals and couples at Chosen Family Therapy and Chosen Family Sanctuary

  • Facilitator on Qweerty Gamers' Mental Health Series on PTSD in Gaming

  • Publishing articles on Gamer Therapy 

  • Facilitator on Qweerty Gamers' Mental Health Series on Monkeypox

  • Identified mission-aligned organizations in the gaming industry for the formation of strategic partnerships

  • Completed HIPAA and HITECH training for Google Workspace and SimplePractice

  • Completed Biller and Scheduler training in SimplePractice

  • Compiling resources for 2SLGBTQAI+ information and advocacy

  • Participating in the Chosen Family Therapy Mutual Client Model

  • Developed ethos on geek-conscious therapy

  • Consulting and advocating for client IEP and 504 plans

  • Completed trainings in

-Trans and Gender Affirming Care

-2SLGBTQAI+ affirming therapy

-Assessing and treating ADHD

-Psychotherapy with poly and CNM clients 

-Telehealth ethics and laws

 

More about Mariya's practice in her own words:

 

I want to be your sparkle homie (a.k.a. therapist).

 

What does it mean to be a sparkle homie? To me, a sparkle homie is a person that “gets you” where you are at. As a therapist (and sparkle homie), I seek to affirm, understand, and truly see folks. I utilize holistic, play, and nerd/geek-friendly therapies to be a partner in folks’ journey towards wholeness.

When working with all folks, no matter their age, I seek to utilize the “language of play” to access and honor an individual’s varied and unique competencies. The “language of play”, in my more modernized usage of the phrase, is the integration of gaming in all forms into the therapy process. 

 

Through the integration of geek, nerd, and gaming culture into the therapy process, I seek to understand clients on the basis of their personal passions. I want to know what a person’s game, anime, or comic of choice says about them and the hopes and strengths that they possess. 

 

In addition to being fully immersed in nerd/geek culture, I have lived much of my life as a “bigger gal” and know what it is like to not be seen because people see too much of you. Because of this, it is my honor to offer a space that can hold all people. 

 

As a Black and proudly plus-sized person, my therapy is fat-friendly and body glorifying. All bodies, existences, and spirits are welcome to explore their selfhood without judgment or shame.

 

It is my goal to be a client’s partner in their efforts to remain sparkly. I believe that within everyone exists the strength, ability, and aptitude to attain (or maintain) a preferred future. 

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