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Real Life Counseling is a private practice in Clark County, WA. It provides mental health outpatient therapy in a private practice setting, utilizing in-office and tele-health/virtual services. We work with clients utilizing a combination of Medicaid/Medicare Funded Insurances, Private Insurances, and Private Pay.  This position is for current graduate students looking for a site to complete all or part of their internship hours as part of their Master of Arts in Counseling or Social Work.  Dr. Melinda Johnson is our Intern Program Director.

For current RLC 1099 Clinicians who have been licensed for 2 or more years and are interested in providing Internship Supervision, you can also use the application process below to let us know your interest.  You may also reach out to Melinda directly for information.



Thank you for your consideration in applying to the counseling internship program!

At RLC (and our sister company of Real Life Community Behavioral Health, or RLCBH), the concept of courageously loving ourselves and others is what drives us. Our goal for our internship program is to be a part of creating competent professionals for our community and our profession.  We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please review the Intern position description and the information on this page. If you feel you meet the qualifications,  complete the internship application and review submission guidelines below.

RLCBH/RLC Intern Clinicians Get:

  • Experience in mental health counseling with opportunities to serve a wide range of clients including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  
  • High quality, weekly individual supervision.
  • Opportunities to shadow therapists.
  • Opportunities to ask questions, put classroom learning into practice, and support from an experienced team.


  • Currently enrolled graduate students who are completing requirements for a master’s level degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy or closely  related fields of study. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills and professional demeanor.
  • Candidates must be able to work a varied schedule.

Your Commitment: 

  • Minimum of 10 direct client hours a week 
  • Weekly 1 hour supervision meeting 
  • 5-10 hours of in direct time i.e. paperwork, treatment planning, and progress notes.
  • Additional hours as required by your program.
  • Utilization of our EHR platform

Submission Materials - Please submit the following: 

  • Internship Application (you can copy a paste it from below and attach it to your cover letter as one document)
  • Cover letter that includes: 1) What made you choose a career in mental health? 2) Why are you seeking an internship at RLCBH/RLC?  3) What could you bring to RLCBH/RLC and the people we serve? 
  • Resume 
  • One Letter of Recommendation (Faculty and/or Supervisors only) - Can be added to either your Resume or Cover Letter as one document
  • The materials can be uploaded here via the Resume and Cover letter upload tabs (be sure to include within the cover letter the below Internship Application Information along with the letter of recommendation).  

Internship Application to Copy and Paste & Add to your cover letter

Full Name (First & Last): _______________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________

Address (Street, City, State, Zip): ____________________________________________________________________________________ 

Phone: __________________________________      Leave Voicemail? (Y/N): _________    Email: ______________________________ 

University Attending: ____________________________________________  

Program: _____________________________________________________ 

Anticipated Completion by: _______________________________________ 

When is your practicum/internship start date? _______________________________________________________________________ 

How did you hear about this internship site (Internet/Website, Current Team Member, Internship Fair, Other?)


List any specific populations that you are hoping to work with:  ______________________________________________________ 

What theoretical orientation(s) might you explore during your internship experience? ______________________________

What are your strengths? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

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