Articles by Sydney Fontanares

Sydney Fontanares, Psy.D., is a recently licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her degree at the American School of Professional Psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. Her postdoctoral experiences include working in a low-fee psychological assessment clinic and a program that helps young adults with autism live independently. Her interests include psychological assessment and advocacy work. She is highly active in her church community and has volunteered to help provide mental health education within the Filipino-American population. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog and husband, having long drawn out breakfasts in the morning, and reading fiction novels.

Five Habits to Practice as a Newly Licensed Psychologist

Five Habits to Practice as a Newly Licensed Psychologist

Congratulations! You have completed your degree, finished your training hours, passed your exam(s), and paid your fees. Now, you have a fancy new license number and more control over your professional future.

Becoming a newly licensed therapist is not a magical process — you will not all of a sudden become a mindful, articulate clinician like many of your supervisors. Rather, it requires deliberate actions.

You have proven yourself to your state board and now it’s time to prove yourself to the rest of world, or at least to the psychological community.

The following are practices to consider when stepping into the big, shiny shoes of a licensed clinician.