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.

Fausto Guillén
He/Him/His | First-Generation Mexican American | Heterosexual | Cisgender

Fausto is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University and has a finance and fitness background. He believes that therapy is a place to be our true selves and have our voices heard. Fausto uses a holistic approach that draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Therapy methods. Combined with alternative therapy options such as movement, breathwork, and meditation. Whether you are looking to deepen your emotional intelligence, move through grief, remove barriers to your full potential, untangle unhelpful narratives and core beliefs, or gain a greater sense of meaning in your life. Fausto understands that there are multiple paths on the journey, and he is humbled to be present for your process.

“Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.” – Rumi

Jas Harcum
they/she | Black Native/Afro-Indigenous | Shinnecock Nation | bisexual | queer

Jas is completing their Master’s of Social Work at the University of Washington with a Clinical Mental Health concentration. Through their education, work, and volunteer service, Jas has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee communities, in crisis intervention amidst the pandemic, and has facilitated QTBIPOC processing groups. They believe in a person-centered approach to therapy that acknowledges systemic barriers to wellness as well as encourages empowerment and [re]connection. She is passionate about working with Queer and Trans folks and Black, Indigenous, and folks of Color.

“You are your own best thing.” -Toni Morrison

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

Kayla Lovett
she/her or they/them | White | queer | cis | female

Kayla is completing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Washington, with a focus on community-centered integrative practice and a strong equity and social justice lens. She believes therapy can be an act of self care and community care by dedicating space to deepen our connection with our stories and bodies so we can better connect with the world around us. She brings experience teaching body-positive yoga, facilitating DBT groups, and working in harm reduction to therapy. She utilizes a relational, strengths-based, and body-centered perspective in my work.

“I think it’s a healing behavior, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it.” - Adrienne Maree Brown

Mariah Rojas
she/her/they | Mexican & Filipino | cis | female

Mariah is a cis woman of color and the daughter of an immigrant. She is completing her Master’s degree in Psychology at Seattle University where they utilize a philosophical framework. With her therapeutic presence Mariah hopes to foster a collaborative environment where people are able to show up authentically and reclaim their agency. She will use a liberatory and integrative approach to therapy and is interested in working with people who occupy minority identities. She hopes to create a consciousness around healing that trickles into intrapersonal relationships and throughout communities.

“What has been wounded in a relationship must be, after all, healed in a relationship.”-Annie G. Rogers.

Melissa Deeken
She/her | White | hetero | cis

Believing that our lives are stories within story, Melissa co-creates a brave space with her clients to engage their ancestral and familial histories, narratives of oppression and privilege, and places of both pain and desire in order to understand where access to authenticity and freedom have been impacted. Melissa’s approach is collaborative, integrative and embodied. She journeys with her clients to create a path of healing that honors body, mind and spirit and invites her clients to deeper connections with one’s self, others and the earth. Melissa’s work pays close attention to the stories our bodies tell and to the multitude of identities we hold. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a trauma-informed lens from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She values curiosity and compassion as she welcomes all parts of a client in their journey towards healing and liberation.

“Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home to yourself.” ~Nayyirah Waheed

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

Nicolette Moore
she/her | White | hetero | cis

Nicolette utilizes a holistic, systems, and strengths-based approach to therapy. She believes engaging in therapy is an act of bravery and self-love and will partner with you to build your desired present and future using mindfulness and solutions-focused approaches. Nicolette is currently completing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Washington, where she has received training in individual and group therapy using a social justice lens. At UW she has conducted research on eliminating oppression and creating greater accessibility in outdoor spaces, and is passionate about incorporating green spaces into her practice so all can experience the benefits of the outdoors.

“An exchange of empathy provides an entry point for a lot of people to see what healing feels like.” - Tarana Burke

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

Stephanie Light
she/her or they/them | White | queer | cis

Stephanie is a queer cis-woman with a background in holistic nursing, substance use counseling, and sex work. She is completing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Washington. Her previous work with the Counseling, Recovery, and Wellness Program (CReW) gave her experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Relapse Prevention, and Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT). With a BA in Women’s and Ethnic Studies, she practices intersectional feminist therapies that take into consideration all aspects of our identities as sources of resiliency and beauty. Her therapeutic style is partnership-based, focused on harm reduction and mind-body wellbeing.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou