Counseling Intern Program
Low Cost Therapy Services
In an effort to provide low cost therapy, Simplicity Psychotherapy offers sliding scale appointments through the Counselor Intern Program. Counseling Interns are master's level students in the final year of their CACREP accredited graduate program. They are carefully selected based on life experience and professional training to ensure the highest quality for our clients.
The Counseling Intern Program allows us to reach more clients, offer deeply discounted sliding scale therapy services, and assist students in becoming competent and informed professional counselors.
Why would I see an intern?
Aside from the reduce rate, there are some strong positives of working with an intern:
- Smaller caseload means more focus on your needs.
- A different kind of energy and enthusiasm than someone who’s been in the field for several years.
- They are actively studying the most recent developments in mental health and psychology.
- Interns work closely with a supervisor which means you essentially have two therapists for the “price” of one.
Are interns qualified?
Absolutely. Interns have completed their coursework to receive their Masters degree in counseling and are now working to implement what they have learned. Many interns have previous experience in the field and are going through training to become licensed to practice independently as a therapist.
During internship, Counseling Interns receive weekly supervision to ensure quality therapy services are provided at all times. Interns work closely with their supervisor to give clients the best care possible. All interns are supervised onsite by Rayvene Whatley, LPC.
Who are the interns?
Will I meet with the same intern for each session?
Yes. We believe that the relationship between you and your therapist is an important factor for your progress. Your comfort with the intern will allow you to focus on yourself while obtaining the skills you need to thrive.
How often will I attend sessions?
We cannot guarantee a specific time frame fir services since the therapeutic process is tailored to each individual. We do ask that you commit to 6-8 consecutive sessions before realistically evaluating the effectiveness of therapy. You and your therapist will collaborate to determine what frequency of sessions is most appropriate to reach your goals.
What happens at the end of internship?
Interns contract with the program for a minimum of one year of service. Once that contract is complete, the student may leave the practice. At that time, you will be offered services with another therapist if your wish to continue. Schedule permitting, that therapist may be the supervisor of the intern such that you may have a smooth transition between therapists. We can also provide referrals to therapists outside the practice if necessary.
Interns will not accept new clients if less than two months is remaining in their internship.
How much are sessions?
Interns offer a sliding scale rate of $50 per session and are an excellent choice if your circumstances require low cost therapy services.