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Gain valuable clinical experience under supervision

The graduate-level internship is a clinical experience designed for students of psychology, social work, and professional counseling. Interns will gain experience in conducting intake interviews and documenting services. Under the supervision of a board-approved clinician, interns will also provide therapy to adult clients in a private practice setting.


The objective of the program is to match graduate students working toward licensure with adults living at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, to provide weekly insight-oriented counseling sessions for at least eight sessions.

Issues the Project Access Northwest pro bono counseling program address are primarily depression, anxiety, life changes, sadness, grief, and relationship issues. While the program is designed as talk therapy only and will not take part in medication management, patients can be referred back to their primary care provider for further treatment should it be needed. The patients will be screened in advance by one of our coordinators to ensure they will be appropriate candidates for these services.

Graduate students/providers working toward licensure should be prepared to provide at least eight sessions of counseling to use toward their licensure hours. This population may have limited experience with counseling, may not speak English, and may have multiple ongoing issues.

Project Access Northwest takes care to ensure that all individuals seeking care are thoroughly screened during the intake process, and we only match uninsured and underinsured adults (living at or below 300% of the federal poverty level), who can engage in insight-oriented counseling.

Project Access Northwest staff are available for case consultation and work to ensure that providers receive:

  • An informed and engaged patient.
  • All of the information needed for the patient’s care at the time of the initial visit.

Project Access Northwest is available for support and Graduate students/providers working toward licensure can utilize their university proctor for the session for therapeutic questions or concerns.

Once you are enrolled, our team will match you with potential adults with needs you are well suited to meet. You are always free to accept or decline a referral for any reason.

You can also tailor your participation around your areas of interest and expertise; let us know what kinds of cases you would like to take, and our clinical staff will match you with appropriate clients.


Please complete this form and upload a copy of your liability insurance. If you are unable to upload a file, you may fax or mail the copy. Soon afterward, a member of our team will get in touch with you and inform you of the next steps.

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