Internships & Externships

Seattle Therapy Alliance’s Internship and Externship Program                                                                      Thank you for your interest joining us at Seattle Therapy Alliance! In our short history, we have become a coveted site for graduate counseling students seeking to complete requirements for graduation, as well as post-graduate clinicians wishing to gain experience, training, and supervision in their work towards state licensure.

STA Counselors…                                                                                                                                                        …DEVELOP long-term therapeutic relationships with patients over the course of a year.

… BENEFIT from being part of a learning community in the fertile first years of being a counselor.

…GAIN awareness about how our social identities are formed in part through socialization—systemic racism, sexism, heteronormativity, and economics—and what that has to do with mental health, healing, and liberation.

…LEARN how to think and practice at the intersection of social justice and clinical work.

…ENJOY the support of peers and clinical staff through weekly individual and group supervision, including case consult, clinical trainings, and critical social theory class.

…PRACTICE the nuts and bolts of managing your own micro-business while being a counselor at STA, to include time management, documentation, budgeting, negotiating the fee, money handling, and tracking case load details.

…RECEIVE the opportunity to take patients into private practice.

Important Dates  

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines – TBD                                                                                                               Fall 2018 Interview Dates – TBD                                                                                                                           Fall Start Internship Start Date – September 3, 2018                            

Steps to Apply                                                                                                                                                              To be considered for STA’s Clinical Training Program, please submit a hard copy application, including all pieces and parts by the final application deadline. In the application process, we want to get a sense of who you are as a person and a clinician, so we hope you will put yourself into the short answer questions.

A completed application includes:

Please note that we ask that you collect the letters of recommendation and send them in along with the rest of your completed application. If you think you want to apply, we recommend you get the letter of recommendation form to your recommenders ASAP to give them time to get it back to you before the application deadlines.

Please send completed applications to:                                                                                                    Seattle Therapy Alliance
Attn: Erica Ewart
200 1st Avenue West, Suite #400
Seattle, WA 98119

You are also welcome to drop off your application in-person. Feel free to knock on the STA office doors to see if we’re around to hand it off to. If you don’t find one of us, there’s a wicker basket for mail in the waiting room right inside the door. Just make sure it’s clearly marked for STA, and we’ll get it!

STA is an equal opportunity internship. We welcome clinicians irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or immigration status. We are currently working to make our organization inclusive, and we give priority to applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations. We also give priority to women who have been in long term, personal counseling.

Why the STA Clinical Training Program?                                                                                                            Seattle Therapy Alliance is a unique organization in that we consider ourselves social entrepreneurs on behalf of women-identified folks—our patients, our practitioners, and our staff. While many business models are built with at least one group or resource being exploited for the benefit of another, our model is designed so that “all boats can rise together.”

  • Patients access quality, woman-focused, long-term health care for 
affordable prices
  • Practitioners enjoy being a part of a learning community and get support through clinical supervision, group supervision, critical social theory education, all while having the unparalleled opportunity to take their patients with them into 
private practice at the end of their one year commitment.
  • Seattle Therapy Alliance staff has the vocational satisfaction of advocating for women 
in the arenas of mental health and business.                          

Internships                                                                                                                                                                  Our internship program is designed for Masters level counseling students in their final year of graduate training. STA is an approved internship site with the graduate counseling programs at Antioch, LIOS, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Bastyr University, Seattle University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Interns are on-site the equivalent of two full days per week, typically for twelve month assignments and carry a load of up to 12 client contact hours weekly, as well as professional development activities.

Every Friday morning group trainings are required, in addition to weekly individual supervision. Student internships are unpaid and begin in September each year.

If you’ve completed your counseling degree, chances are you’ve discovered the post-school/pre-licensure no-woman’s land. You need counseling hours to be licensed, but it’s very difficult to complete those hours without being licensed. Add to that the significant costs of quality supervision on top of your student loan. It’s a challenge to say the least.

One way to bridge the gap is to gain experience at Seattle Therapy Alliance. STA is proud to serve as a business incubator for women practitioners who wish to build a private practice. This opportunity is available for graduates of accredited masters programs in counseling psychology who are pursuing licensure with the State of Washington. Externs will see up to 12 patients weekly throughout a minimum one-year commitment are able to make a 20 hour per week committment. All externships are unpaid; however, externs will receive one hour of individual supervision weekly. They also have the benefit of case consult, various mental health training, and critical social theory training.

Please email any questions to