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.

Chris Long
he/they | asian | second-generation immigrant | genderqueer | hetero

Chris brings a non-judgmental, client-centered approach to therapy. He comes from a background in community centered practice, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Through his experiences, Chris is adept at holding space and meeting you where you are. He believes in honest transparent communication and has a lens of cultural humility. As a second generation immigrant, Chris understands the complexity of navigating generational and cross-cultural divides as well as the intergenerational trauma we may carry. He is currently completing his last year of his Master’s of Social Work program at the University of Washington in their clinical track.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin

K. René Krein
they/them | white | queer | trans | nonbinary | neurodivergent

René is committed to walking beside you as you discover and cultivate what wellness, joy, and liberation mean for you. Their experiences in art making and mutual aid have taught them that well-being is a communal, creative, and evolving process. René’s theoretical orientation is informed by somatics, internal family systems, attachment theory, contemplative psychotherapy, and liberation psychology. Their approach is non-pathologizing, abolitionist, and heart-centered. René is in Antioch University’s CMHC program with Drama Therapy and anticipates graduating in June 2024.

“In a troubled time, the willingness to proceed as though you’re needed is a radical act.” - Stephen Jenkinson

La Tonya Littleton, LMHC
she/her | black | ciswoman | hetero

La Tonya is a doctoral student from Saybrook University in the Clinical Psychology program and anticipates graduating in January 2025. Her therapeutic approach is humanistic where she believes that everyone aspires to be their best self in their independent and unique way. La Tonya has experience in community mental health, in-patient hospitalization, and military intensive outpatient programs. She is passionate about working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and is an ally to many marginalized communities.

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”- Maya Angelou

Phoenix Rainbow Sparrow-Harris Butterfly, LMHCA
she/her | black | cis | female | hetero

Phoenix 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

Lulu Sifferman
* Currently unable to accept new clients*

she/her | white | queer | neurodivergent | chronically ill | cis | female

Lulu is an art therapy and clinical mental health graduate student at Antioch University. With the completion of her trauma therapy certificate, Lulu works in collaboration with each individual to build a therapeutic environment that is safe, non-judgmental, creative, and curious. She approaches her therapeutic style as an intersectional feminist with a narrative lens to critically examine the roles that oppressive systems and institutions have in perpetuating mental illnesses. Lulu believes that when we engage in healing individually and within a community, we move toward social justice and liberation. The bulk of her study in school has focused on the LGBTQIA+ community; trans and gender-nonconforming competency and justice; the maintenance and unpacking of multigenerational trauma; with a passion for fiber arts and crafts–particularly as valuable tools for therapy. With Lulu, you will find someone who will support you with warmth, creativity, trauma-informed care, somatic attunement, and a willingness to dive into the challenging, painful, and/or scary moments or parts of yourself.

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - audre lorde

Nikki Sarno
*Currently unable to accept new clients*

she/they | queer/bisexual | cis | female | white | alopecia | living in a larger body

It is Nikki's belief that we already have everything we need inside of us to heal, but that we also live our lives within oppressive systems, and that these systems can sometimes make healing challenging. In Nikki's work with folks, her approach is person-centered and trauma-informed, and it is her goal to help guide people to a place where they feel able to move through the world and make decisions based on their own thoughts, values, and desires. They are influenced by their learning in and experience with somatic theory and its related approaches, internal family systems (IFS), attachment theory, mindfulness, and grief and loss. They have experience working with neurodivergent folks, highly sensitive folks, depression and anxiety, trauma, and body image issues. As a queer person herself, it is a privilege to hold space for LGBTQIA+ folks. Nikki's background includes several different community living experiences (which she misses!), as well as working in naturopathic offices. She will graduate from Antioch University with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling (with a trauma focus) at the end of September 2024.

“'Queer' not as being about who you're having sex with (that can be a dimension of it); but 'queer' as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it, and that had to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.” - bell hooks

Ryan Lock
they/he | Asian | gay | queer | agender | man

Ryan is a graduate student at the University of Washington expecting to receive a Master’s of Social Work in June 2024. Ryan believes that you are the expert of your experiences, identities, feelings – of your own life. They are passionate about working with QTBIPOC and immigrant communities and addressing the impact of social inequities and injustices on both community and individual levels. Ryan hopes to provide a space where you can be your whole, unique self and heal in ways that work best for you.

“Laughter is the language of the soul.” - Pablo Neruda

Tomás Aguilera
he/him | Mexican-American/Chicano | gay | cis

The therapeutic relationship is key to psychological understanding and healing. Tomás believes these aspects are complementary and deepen one another. Together, client and Tomás, address psychological and emotional distress, and recognize the impacts of trauma, marginalization, and systematic oppression throughout the client’s lived experience. In this way, the client’s fullness can be appreciated and cared for in a meaningful way. With Tomás you can expect respectful humility, genuine curiosity, and humanistic compassion. He happily welcomes artistic expression in the process too. For Tomás, healing means a greater sense of stability, harmony, and dignity in life. Tomás is a student in the Seattle University Masters in Psychology Program that teaches an existential-phenomenological approach to psychotherapy. He will graduate in the summer of 2024.

“Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue." - bell hooks