Internships & Externships

Thank you for your interest joining our team Seattle Therapy Alliance! In our short history, we have become a coveted clinical training program for master’s level students as they complete clinical requirements for graduation, as well as post-graduate clinicians wishing to gain experience, training, and supervision in their work towards state licensure.

At STA, we value social justice and are working to incorporate intersectional feminism into what we do and how we do it. With white women co-founders and white womxn owners, we are committed to the ongoing work to make STA an equitable organization for all – our counselors and our patients – particularly queer folks and women of color.

Important Dates  

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines                                                                                                                   Priority Deadline – February 16th                                                                                                                         Final Deadline – March 2nd                                                                                                                                      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 STA Recommendation Forms and send them in along with the rest of your completed application. If you think you want to apply, we recommend you get the STA 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: Jacquie Gallaway
200 1st Avenue West, Suite #405
Seattle, WA 98119

You are also welcome to drop off your application in-person. There is a mail receptacle on the tea cart right inside Suite 405. Feel free to leave your application there, 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 build an equitable organization, and we give priority to applicants from traditionally underrepresented and marginalized populations.

Why the STA Clinical Training Program?                                                                                                            

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, including time management, documentation, budgeting, negotiating the fee, money handling, and tracking case load details.

RECEIVE the opportunity to take patients into private practice.

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, Bastyr University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Saybrook University, Seattle University, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Interns are on-site the equivalent of two full days per week, typically for one year assignments and carry a load of up to 12 direct client contact hours weekly, as well as professional development activities.

Every Friday morning group trainings are required, in addition to weekly clinical 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