Greenwood Village, Colorado Counseling Internship Position

At Thrive Couple & Family Counseling Services, we always want to meet therapists in training with great instincts, and a hunger to develop and grow. If this describes you, we’d love to learn more about you. We offer a learning opportunity to hone your clinical skills in a community of caring, fun and positive therapists. We offer the potential to continue after internship in a full time therapist position.

Therapist interns will primarily provide couples and individual therapy for adults with relationship concerns. Some opportunity for family and teen therapy is possible. Due to COVID-19, we are currently providing online video therapy via secure platform to all clients.

While this is an unpaid internship as required by most graduate schools, interns would receive extensive exposure to Emotionally Focused Therapy. We offer regular individual and group supervision.

Internship Description

This is an internship position with growth potential! Schedule to be determined mutually, in keeping with the requirements of your program. It is possible to see clients daytime, evening or weekends. Interns should expect face-to-face clinical time, as well as additional time as necessary for case management, consultation and paperwork.

The current position ideally includes your availability for:

  • Two evenings a week until 8 PM
  • Saturday or Sunday, seven hour shift
  • Additional hours for note completion, client engagement and communication, consultation, and session preparation

Currently, clients are primarily seen remotely via secure video platform.

Our practice specialty is relationship and couples counseling using Emotionally Focused Therapy. Our goal is to have a community of relationship specialists supported to grow in their EFT skills while providing exceptional care to clients. We are committed to building and nurturing an inclusive, diverse, safe and welcoming community for our staff, interns, and our clients. Therapists of color and LGBTQ+ therapists are encouraged to apply. 

Intern Duties

  • Develop skills and provide counseling to couples, individuals and some families using experiential, attachment-based approaches such as Emotionally Focused Therapy.
  • Provide excellent client care throughout treatment in terms of ethical practice, alliance-building and professionalism
  • Commit to learning and honing your EFT counseling skills, working together on your stuck places and growing edges, and collaborating on cases with your supervisors.
  • Develop Caseload and build to completing approximately 20 clinical counseling hours per week, including one weekend day and at least two weekday evening hours.
  • Learn and utilize our systems for scheduling, phone, and billing.
  • Complete notes and other required documentation in a timely and thorough manner.

Your Required Skills and Qualities

-Interns must register with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) as a Registered Psychotherapist (NLC), and pass the jurisprudence exam.

-Current enrollment in a Master’s Degree or PhD/PsyD mental health program (Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Mental Health, or Social Work).

-Exposure or interest in attachment-based relationship therapies such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) or Gottman Method.

  • Interest in pursuing additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Some experience working with couples or families
  • Attachment orientation required

-Eagerness to see lots of couples, and some individuals with relationship concerns. Our new client inquiries are 80-90% couples.

-Practice with integrity and ethics. Know your growing edges and refer to a team member when needed.

-A commitment to ongoing cultural competency development, and anti-racism work

-Must have a smartphone, laptop computer, and feel competent technically

-Ability to see clients at least 2 evenings a week, and a weekend day.

-Dependable and responsive. Grounded and easy to get along with.

-Eager to learn, with a coachable, positive attitude

-Plus if you have additional interest or experience in any of the following:  addictions, trauma, sex/intimacy therapy, child and/or family therapy

Why we think this is a great counseling internship

You get a great introduction to private practice in a warm and supportive community. You receive client referrals, office space or access to a video therapy platform, marketing support, and all the systems and amenities to learn in a polished and busy private practice.

To Apply

Please email include a cover letter, resume, and answers to the following questions to allison@thrivefamilyservices.com. Professional letters of recommendation are welcomed.

  • Please describe any previous education or work experience with families or couples.
  • Please describe how you would approach couples from an attachment perspective. Please also describe your understanding of what would NOT be an attachment approach to couple distress and challenges.
  • What types of clients do you most want to work with? Are there any client issues or concerns you do not feel comfortable working with?
  • Please describe your training and work in cultural competency and anti-racism, and your plan for continuing to learn in this area.
  • What do you hope to gain individually and professionally from this counseling internship? What are your 1, 3 and 5 year career goals after graduation? How much does couple or family work factor into those goals?
  • Please describe your schedule, availability, current location, and your current employment (if applicable). What, if any, changes would you need to make in your current situation to take this position?