Intern Therapists

MEND Seattle is a clinical training program for graduate-level intern therapists. As part of this program, we offer low-cost counseling with fees of $70 and sliding scale rates of $60 and $50. Our Intern Therapists start at different times throughout the year, most often in September, and see clients during their internship for up to 10-18 months. After that time, clients have the opportunity to continue with their therapist in their own practice. Learn more about our Intern Therapists below.

2021-2022 Cohort

Allison Young
she/her | asian american | multiracial | queer | cis

Allison is currently completing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Washington where she works from an intersectional feminist, antiracist and social justice lens. Her therapeutic approach centers around genuine human connection; she values open-mindedness and direct honesty during sessions. Therapy is YOUR space to unpack and process parts of your identity and experiences toward a better understanding of yourself. Her priority is to empower you by trusting that you are the expert in your own healing process and support you along the journey of self-discovery and introspection. Her passion for couples and family work stems from creating a safe and equitable environment to encourage healthy communication between individuals who deeply care for one another.

Jill Seo
she/her I korean american I cis

Jill is a transracial Korean adoptee who appreciates the challenges and joys of embodying complex racial and ethnic identities and navigating the unknown. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process where narratives can be explored and placed within a cultural context to support healing, growth, and liberation. Jill has a background in therapeutic bodywork and is working toward completing her Master of Arts in Psychology at Seattle University. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered, and she has received training in integrative existential psychology, crisis intervention, and maternal mental health.

“We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.” – Audrey Lorde

Mia Montenegro
she/her | filipino | bisexual | cis

Mia sees therapy as a safe space to share your story, to be authentically you, to grow, to heal, to explore, and to create the changes you are seeking to make in your life. As a bisexual woman of color, she is dedicated to working with QTBIPOC folx, as she understands the experience of navigating a multiplicity of identities based on different contexts and stages of life. Her clinical background is rooted in narrative and humanistic therapy and she's currently training to be a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Couples and Family Therapy program at Seattle University.

“Without community, there is no liberation.” - Audre Lorde

Nefeteria (Nefie) Bolin
she/her | black/native/creole/white | hetero | cis

Nefeteria (Nefie) is a first generation student and ciswoman of color pursuing a masters degree in marriage, couples, and family therapy at Seattle University. She believes therapy to be a process that helps people recreate the narratives of their life story. She believes in discovering the humanistic side of people and knowing who they are at the heart to understand what's important to them and how it shapes their personal identity. With empathetic teaching, active listening, and compassion, she hopes to provide a safe space for people from everywhere to share their stories authentically with no judgement or shame.

"I've learned that people will forget about what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou

Nkemdirim Onyejiaka (“Nkem”)
he/him they/them | black/african/african | hetero | cis

Nkem is a heterosexual cisgender male who recognizes the innate need to collaborate with others to achieve wholeness through inner thoughts and self-realization. He sees you as possessing the ability to make choices to achieve positive life changes that can impact your environment, family community and other culture. As a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at the University of Phoenix, Arizona, Nkem recognizes the opportunity through his training in individual and group therapy studies that the family and society has a connection to the individual wholeness. This Humanistic, and Motivational interviewing therapies makes it possible to focus on individuals experiencing fear/anxiety, loss/grief, clinical depression, separation/divorce, and other issues affecting immigrants seeking self-realization. Nkem believes in the uniqueness and qualities the human possesses as their cultures presents a driving force to complement each other and is important to complete the circle of being human. Indeed, all creeds are welcome through a holistic outlook through counseling as a non-judgmental environment permeates.

"None but ourselves can free our minds" - Robert Nesta Marley

Sanya Nijjar
she/her | south asian/punjabi | cis

Sanya is a first-generation South Asian female immigrant who believes therapy is a collaborative and creative process. Sanya values complexity in personal narratives and believes that relationships and systems such as religion, culture, gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality make us who we are. Having lived in two different parts of the world has allowed her to understand the complexities of mental health intersecting with our identities. She is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus in social justice at Seattle University. Her passion comes from advocacy work as she enjoys working with QTBIPOC, immigrants, refugees, and womxn of color who are striving towards authentic self-hood.

“We don’t have to do it all alone, we were never meant to” - Brene Brown

Sasha Duttchoudhury
they/them | south asian american | nonbinary | mixed class background

Sasha is excited to support you in your commitment to your healing journey. Together we will embark on a playful, compassionate, and dignified exploration of your experiences, narratives, relationships, and visions for the future with the goal of cultivating healthy avenues for authenticity, vulnerability, and growth to blossom in your life and beyond. Sasha brings to this partnership 6+ years of experience leading conversations and mediating conflict around race, gender, and class, experience as an academic counselor, and current and ongoing coursework through the University of Washington Masters of Social Work program (to be completed in June 2022).

"The reason why some things feel too big to be felt alone is that they are. A lot of our distress is bigger than one body, or one generation. We need the alchemy of witness, ceremony, ancestors to feel." - Prentis Hemphill

Seaward Hayes
she/her | korean & irish | second-generation american | hetero | cis

Seaward is a third-year graduate student in the dual track Master of Nutrition and Counseling program at Bastyr University with four years of experience providing nutrition, mental health, and substance use counseling. As a counselor, Seaward considers the whole person within their context including the biological, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of being because she believes that healing is a unique and comprehensive journey. To facilitate growth and understanding, Seaward uses modalities such as mindfulness, person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care. Seaward strives to partner with you in creating a collaborative, therapeutic space to explore what you need to heal and move forward in your life with greater confidence and purpose.

“Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brené Brown

2022-2023 Cohort

Brook Greenberg
she/her | white | neurodivergent | cis | pan | female

Brook approaches each client with warmth, humility, levity, and authenticity. She sees every person’s story through the lens of attachment, which assumes that all people do what they need to do in order to survive. Therapy is the space in which old patterns can be examined, sorted, and reoriented. By gently removing the weight of shame and judgement, she will work with each individual to reclaim their innate value, and establish a new framework in which to evolve and thrive. Brook is in her final year at Antioch University – Seattle, completing her master’s in clinical mental health counseling in the spring of 2023.

“I think normalcy is a myth.” -Gabor Maté

Jenn Dela Cruz
she/they | first-gen filipina | bilingual | cis | het

Jenn leads with an open heart when sharing space with folks and welcomes the vastness of the human experience and all that comes with it: identity exploring, generative conflict, and reflective self-analysis. She enjoys working with service providers, youth, and first responders in navigating transitions, moral injury (burnout), and complex trauma. With Jenn you can expect transparency and direct communication, which contribute to her therapeutic approach including client-led conversations, collaborative goal setting, community-centric applications, trauma-informed care, and a liberation-focused lens. She is currently completing her Master of Social Work in the Extended Degree Program at the University of Washington and has a background in domestic violence advocacy, housing case management, crisis stabilization, and triaging acute mental health distress in clinical settings.

“I don’t see a sick person coming to be healed, I see a perfect spirit coming to be recognized.” - Ruth J. Beard, founding member of The National Association of Black Social Workers

Leslie Harris-Johnston
she/her | Black | cis | female | hetero

Leslie is a Black ciswoman who was born and raised in the South. She is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health at Saybrook University and will receive her master’s degree in clinical psychology in June. She believes that therapy is a partnership between therapist and client. Her approach is grounded in a holistic view of the person as unique. Leslie does not believe in a one-size fits all approach. Therefore, her therapeutic approach is holistic and integrative, which includes utilizing humanistic, person-centered, emotion-focused, anti-racist and liberation, African/Black psychology, somatic, and expressive arts as therapy orientations. Leslie’s goal is to create a welcoming space for individuals to unpack the thoughts and feelings that brings them to therapy. Leslie is passionate about helping people heal body, mind, and spirit so they live their best lives as their authentic selves. In therapy, I focus on helping you reach the goals you set for yourself in therapy. Although Leslie is open to anyone, she is particularly interested in those who identify as Black and Indigenous, neurodiverse, and QTBIPOC.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin