Welcome to Our Counseling Intern Program!
Low Cost Therapy Services
Stegall Counseling PLLC is proud to offer low cost therapy through our Counselor Intern Program.
Counseling Interns are master’s level students in the final year of their graduate program. Interns are carefully selected based on life experience and professional training to ensure the highest quality for our clients.
The counseling intern program allows us to:
- Reach more clients
- Offer deeply discounted sliding scale therapy services
- Assist students in becoming competent and informed professional counselors
Luke McMahan, Counseling Intern
Richard White, Counseling Intern
Why would I see an intern instead of a licensed professional?
Aside from the reduced therapy rate, there are strong positives with seeing an intern such as:
- Interns have smaller caseloads which means they can focus more on your needs
- Interns bring a different kind of energy and enthusiasm than someone who’s been in the field for several years
- Interns are actively studying the most recent developments in mental health and psychology
- Interns work closely with a supervisor, which means you essentially have two therapists for the “price” of one.
Are Interns qualified to provide counseling services?
ABSOLUTELY! Interns have completed rigorous coursework in order to receive their Master’s Degree in Counseling and they are now working to implement what they have learned. Many interns have previous experience in the field and are going through training to become licensed to practice independently as a therapist.
During their internship, Counseling Interns receive weekly supervision to ensure the quality of care is provided to clients at all times. Interns work closely with their supervisor to give clients the best care possible. ALL INTERNS ARE SUPERVISED BY LAUREN STEGALL.
Will I meet with the same intern for each session?
Yes, we believe that the relationship between you and your therapist is an important factor in your progress. Your comfort with the intern will allow you to focus on yourself while obtaining the skills you need to thrive.
How often will I attend sessions?
We cannot guarantee a specific time frame for therapy services since the therapeutic process is tailored to each individual client. We do ask that you commit to 6-8 consecutive sessions before realistically evaluating the effectiveness of therapy. You and your therapist will collaborate to determine what frequency of sessions is most appropriate for you to reach your goals.
What happens at the end of the internship?
Interns contract with the program for a minimum of 6 months to one year of service. Once that contract is complete, the student may leave the practice. At that time, you will be offered services with another therapist if you wish to continue at Stegall Counseling PLLC. Schedule permitting, that therapist may be the supervisor of the intern such that you may have a smooth transition between therapists. We can also provide referrals outside of the practice if necessary.
Interns will not accept new clients if less than two months is remaining in their internship.
How much are sessions?
Interns offer a sliding scale of $50 per session and are an excellent choice if your circumstances require low cost therapy services.
If needed, additional reduced sliding scale could be offered but space is limited per intern.