Thank you for your interest in working with Seattle Therapy Alliance. In our short history, we have already become a coveted site for graduate counseling students needing to complete requirements for graduation as well as graduates who wish to gain experience and supervision in their quest for state licensure. We are committed to making counseling services available to every qualifying woman who seeks assistance at STA; thus, we will create positions for interns and externs in tandem with the expansion of our patient load. We regret that we are unable to offer positions for volunteers or undergraduate students.
Why in/extern with Seattle Therapy Alliance?
Seattle Therapy Alliance is a unique organization in that we consider ourselves social entrepreneurs on behalf of women—both our patients and our practitioners. While many business models are built with at least one group or resource being exploited for the benefit of another, our model was designed so that “all boats can rise together.”
- Patients will access quality, woman-focused long-term healthcare for affordable prices
- Practitioners will gain extensive clinical supervision and training in women’s issues and will have the opportunity to take their patients with them into private practice at the end of their in/externship year
- Seattle Therapy Alliance will have the satisfaction of advocating for women in the arenas of mental health and business
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, and Seattle University. Interns are on-site the equivalent of two full days per week for twelve month assignments and carry a load of up to 12 client contact hours weekly, as well as professional development activities. Twice-monthly group trainings are required, in addition to weekly individual supervision. Student internships are unpaid and begin in September or January of each year, with interviews and hiring completed by mid-May and mid-November, respectively.
Distinctives of the STA Internship:
- …have the opportunity to develop long-term, therapeutic relationships with patients over the course of the year, unlike most internship settings
- …enjoy working with a more stable population than is typical of most social service settings
- …receive advanced training in feminist psychotherapy, developing the beginning of a specialization in women’s issues over the course of the year
- …practice in a comfortable, highly attractive setting
- …have the opportunity to take patients with them into their own private practice upon the completion of the internship, if they so desire
- …enjoy working in a clinic established by women, for women
If you’ve completed your counseling degree, chances are you’ve discovered the post-school/pre-licensure no-woman’s land…i.e., you need counseling hours to be licensed, but it’s very difficult to complete those hours (that is, to obtain clients or get a job) without being licensed. Add to that the significant costs of quality supervision on top of your student loan, and you are in for yet another challenge in your fledgling counseling career.
One way to bridge the gap is to gain clinical experience in a 12-month externship 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 12 patients weekly throughout a minimum one-year commitment. All externships are unpaid; however, externs will receive one hour of individual supervision weekly as well as 5 hours of group supervision monthly.
Inquiries & Application Procedures:
Seattle Therapy Alliance has a limited number of in/externships available; thus, we are only able to consider hard copy applications that are submitted in their entirety by our twice-yearly application deadline. Therefore, please be sure to mail application materials (application, resume, writing sample and letter of reference) to STA no later than April 1st for a Fall start and October 1st for a Winter start.
STA is an equal opportunity in/externship site; we welcome trainees irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or immigration status. As we are currently working on diversity within our organization, we will give priority to applications submitted by racial and ethnic minorities.
Parties interested in applying for an internship or externship at Seattle Therapy Alliance may use the application for submission.
Note: Applicants for Externships will be required to have completed at least two years of personal counseling in order to be considered for a position at Seattle Therapy Alliance. Additionally, please do not submit materials unless you are able to commit to seeing 12 patients/week for a full year. We regret that we are unable to consider applications that do not meet these pre-requisites.
Send completed hard copy applications and supporting documents to:
Seattle Therapy Alliance
Attn: Jacquie Baergen Gallaway
200 1st Avenue West, Suite #400
Seattle, WA 98119