Counselors in Training
Counselors in Training at The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center go through a rigorous training schedule supervised by dr. Ray and Jean Kadkhodaian, as well as other licensed clinicians in our practice. The selection of prospective Counselors in Training start with a large pool of applicants from multiple graduate programs in the Chicagoland area and must meet strict criteria in order to be selected as the one and only Counselor in Training for a one year period. We take pride at The Lighthouse that any Counselor in Training that is selected embodies the same Mission, Vision and Values exemplified by all of our staff.
Arbin Memisi is a counselor in training at The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center. He is a first generation American-Albanian, speaks fluent Albanian (Gheg Dialect), and has family ties from Macedonia and Montenegro. Arbin wishes to work with first generation American’s overcome cultural clashes between western and eastern ways of life, work with clients who have immigrated from the Balkan region of Europe (Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, etc…), veterans suffering from PTSD, and younger teens who are dealing with self-identity.
For theoretical approaches, Arbin is currently being trained on Motivational Interviewing, Emotion Focused Therapy, and finally Reality-Choice Therapy. He believes that therapists are the light source during a client’s unknown path, or as Arbin calls it “Der Dunkelheit”; The Darkness. He also firmly believes that clients have the power to make the choice in what path they take as their choices are illuminated from the insight and objectivity the counselor has to offer.
Arbin received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University. During his time at Northeastern Illinois University, Arbin was task with conducting extensive research, for his undergraduate program, on the use of Military Simulation activities as a coping tool for Veterans with PTSD. Currently he is in the process of receiving his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University and hope to one day become a full-fledged counselor