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 $40-$60. Our Interning 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 Interning Therapists below.
Virginia "Gigi" Alcalde
she/her | Biracial Latinx | hetero | cis
Gigi is a biracial, latinx cis women who has a mind-body-spirit approach to therapy. Gigi is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Teacher who specializes in eating disorders, and currently works at Center for Discovery where she supports people in healing their relationship with food and body by providing nutrition therapy and guiding mindful movement groups. Gigi is completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Bastyr University, she has focused her studies and research on trauma, PTSD, and somatic psychotherapies. Gigi is known for her gentle and compassionate energy and for providing a therapeutic space suitable for vulnerability, self-exploration, reintegration, and healing.
"It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundation of home within myself I found that there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and a body that have decided to be whole" - rupi kaur
she/her | White | hetero | cis
Cecania is a cisgender woman who believes therapy is a space for collaboration, honesty, and warm acceptance of exactly who you are. Cecania is completing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Washington where she has been trained in individual and group therapy through the lens of social issues including racism, ageism, ableism, sizeism, homophobia, transphobia, nationalism, and classism. At UW she has done research on the sizeist patterns of the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, and completed an internship at Sound Mental Health, a Seattle community mental health organization.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.” - Brene Brown
she/her | White | hetero | cis
Carie is a cis-female who sees you as the expert of your lived experience and recognizes that collaboration, curiosity, and empowerment build foundations for trust and growth. As a Masters of Psychology student at Bastyr University, Carie believes that identity development requires an integration of the mind, body, and soul, bound by the impacts of culture, privilege, oppression, and power. With empathy, acceptance, and openness, Carie serves as a guide to walk with you along your path toward self-discovery, authenticity, and belonging. Her areas of study and interest include gender, identity, sexuality, lifestyle, relationships, connection, belonging, and authentic self-expression.
"To be nobody but yourself, in a world that is trying its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight..." - E.E. Cummings
she/her or they/them | White | queer | cis
Emily is completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. With an integrative, person-centered approach, Emily believes that therapy is a collaborative process and an opportunity for greater connection with our most authentic self. Emily has experience leading therapy groups in ACT, DBT, Exposure Therapy, and RO-DBT, with individuals struggling with mood, anxiety and depression disorders at Insight Behavioral Health Center. With compassion and openness, she hopes to provide a safe space for people of all identities to embark on their unique journeys of self-exploration, healing, and growth.
“The ocean does not apologize for its depth. The mountains do not apologize for their size, so neither shall I.” - Becca Lee
she/her | White | hetero | cis
Katee believes healing occurs in safe, compassionate environments where individuals can share their story and explore life meaning, personal identity, and past and current wounds. With you as the navigator of your journey, she hopes to cultivate a kind and safe space where together you can explore your multifaceted identity and sense of self. Katee is completing her Master of Arts in Psychology at Seattle University and has experience creating restorative and empowering relationships with a broad range of individuals impacted by experiences of houselessness, trauma, emotional and behavioral disturbances, and systems of violence. Using a blend of existential, humanistic, and multiculturally sensitive approaches to engender growth, healing, and meaning making, Katee has an interest in working with individuals impacted by harmful relationships, cultural or social oppression, and narratives that harbor hurt.
“Let us risk the wildest places, lest we go down in comfort, and despair.” - Mary Oliver
they/them | Black | queer | nonbinary
Michelle is a Black, queer, nonbinary, parent and practitioner originally from Decatur, GA who believes counseling is more like a covenant wherein all parties are deeply engaged in the journey toward healing and liberation. Breath work and embodiment practices are foundational to their work, while integrating existential philosophy and liberation psychology to get to know who clients have become but more importantly, who they are becoming. Michelle brings full and authentic personhood, deep compassion and a sense of humor to each session in support of clients. As a former chaplain and spiritual care provider, Michelle’s practice is holistic in nature attending to mental, physical and spiritual health and wellness.
“If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” - Toni Morrison
she/her | White | queer | cis
Sarah Stuteville is a white, cis-gendered woman currently working on completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. A writer and former journalist, Sarah loves using existential therapies to work with clients to create meaning, author their story, and fully and authentically embody their power. Sarah works with compassion, empathy, and deep curiosity. She recognizes the immense emotional and mental toll of racism, sexism, poverty and other oppressions and vows to always acknowledge and validate those experiences with her clients. Sarah is especially interested in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, postpartum challenges, adjustment to parenting, birth trauma, sexual trauma, secondary trauma, and identity development.
“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories... water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
she/her | White | cis
Anna is a first-generation Eastern European immigrant completing her master’s in counseling at the City University in Seattle. Through her education and volunteer work, both in US and abroad, Anna has learned first-hand about navigating the complexities of identity and the importance of culturally inclusive practices. Anna is an ally and aims to support queer, people of color and other marginalized identities in her work. She also has interest in working with couples, trauma survivors and clients struggling with mood disorders. Anna aims to create space in which clients feel seen, heard and supported in order to help them heal, restore, and gain empowerment within themselves, in their relationships, and ultimately within their communities.
"When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important
whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde
she/her | African/Black | hetero | cis
Genet is a first-generation immigrant and ciswoman of color who believes therapy is a safe space that allows people to be themselves without judgment. With empathy and care, she hopes to create an environment that will enable people to embrace the unique identities they hold and be who they want to be in the world. As a Muslim Black woman, she believes the different identities people hold shapes their perspective and life experiences. Genet is currently completing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree at Seattle University. Using a multicultural approach, Genet is interested in working with first generations, immigrants and individuals affected by systemic racism, religion and cultural discrimination.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou