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Apply For An Internship With Inner Balance Counseling

At Inner Balance Counseling, we know that you want to be an amazing counselor who really helps people change. 

In order to do that, you need a place to teach you how. The problem is you’re not sure which internship site will be the best for you. This can make you feel uncertain and fearful that you will be unable to learn how to truly impact change in others.

We understand what it is like to be new to this career path. We know that it can be overwhelming to implement all you’ve learned and to truly create change within your clients. 

This is why we have created an internship program that helps people grow, learn and become effective, compassionate counselors. 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”— Henry David Thoreau

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What does our program cover?

Inner Balance Counseling Internship Program is a 30-week comprehensive program that teaches students how to become counselors and how to treat trauma. In our program we teach the following:

  • Conducting bio-psychosocial assessments from a trauma-informed perspective

  • Learn to diagnose based on the DSM-5-TR

  • Creating treatment plans

  • Writing notes in a timely manner

  • Case conceptualization and presentation

  • Crisis management procedures

  • Cultural competency & trauma

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma & the LGBTQ+ population

  • Structural Dissociation Theory (used to treat trauma and dissociation)

How is our program different?

  • We teach you how to be a counselor that is truly trauma-informed and affirming

  • We teach interventions that you will actually use

  • We will not overwhelm you with clients and paperwork

  • You will earn your hours and not be stressed about it

  • You will have an available caring supervisor there to help you learn

  • You will feel like you belong to a team

  • You will have a change to apply for a job after graduation where you can get additional training in EMDR and the LGBTQIA+ community

  • You will learn how to be an effective counselor who can create change in their clients and community

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What happens after I graduate?

We are always looking for new counselors to join our team. This is an internship-to-hire position. After you complete our program, we offer everyone the chance to apply to a contract therapist position.

Hungry. Humble. Smart.

If you are hungry to grow in your knowledge base and see measurable success in your efforts, possess a humble attitude, and have the emotional intelligence to understand, connect, and empathize with others effectively, we’d love to hear from you.

  • EMDR training is strongly preferred - or willingness to get trained within three (3) months after hire.
  • Good standing with AZBHE or one of the following:
    • Current holding of non-independent licensure
    • LAC* application pending, or
    • (for interns) Ability to apply for a temporary license after graduation
    • *Substance abuse counselors without a LAC cannot be considered due to the scope of the practice
  • Willingness to (build up to) dedicating to a minimum of 20 client hours per week (full time), as well as the additional time needed for case management, consultation and record keeping
  • Willingness to work evenings as needed (till 6pm and 7pm one night a week)
  • Willingness to comply with documentation protocol necessary for best practice
  • DSM-5 diagnostic competency
  • Competency with documenting “medical necessity” in progress notes and treatment plans
  • Completion of notes and other required documentation within 24 hours of completion of session
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certifications
  • Possess some knowledge of assessment and crisis intervention and community resources
  • Pass background check, drug screen, and active Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Equipment: Must have a smartphone, computer access, and be comfortable with technology
  • Must provide own private practice liability insurance
  • In lieu of some skills listed above, we will consider an enthusiasm for learning in making a hiring decision
Compensation & Benefits
  • Contract-based employment (1099) position with room for growth
  • $35-55/hr based on experience (per direct client/billable hour)
  • Flexible schedule and caseload
  • Supervision hours for independent licensing from Katy Kandaris, MA, LPC ​​or Samantha Colone, LPC
  • Consultation towards becoming an EMDRIA approved EMDR Certified Therapist*
  • Use of Inner Balance facility and office space
  • Use of cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant, record-keeping software
  • Professional growth and development, including:
    • Funding for half of EMDR basic training
    • $500 credit towards training of your choice every six (6) months of working at IBC
    • Additional trainings provided throughout the year
  • Support with developing your own interests and specializations
  • Billing services
  • Insurance credentialing
  • Business cards
  • Phone services
  • Office scheduling support

To Apply

We are only accepting applications for full time contractors.
To apply for this position please submit the following to

COVID-19 Considerations:
Within our office space, clients and therapists are spaced at least six feet apart with sanitizing between each client as well as clear face masks when requested. Providers may also work remotely (telehealth).

A cover letter


2 Letters of Recommendation

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About Inner Balance Counseling

Providers at Inner Balance Counseling specialize in treatment for Complex Trauma, Dissociation, and the disorders that are comorbid with trauma (Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, OCD, Self-harm, Substance Abuse and Codependency/love addiction). 

We utilize treatment methods that include, but are not limited to:

  • CBT
  • EMDR
  • DBT
  • Structural Dissociation
  • Any and all solution-focused, person-centered, and strength-based approaches
About our clinical director

Katy Kandaris, MA, LPC is an outpatient Licensed Professional Counselor certified in EMDR and an EMDRIA certified Consultant.

She has a private practice in Mesa, Arizona that provides comprehensive outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents with a variety of psychological needs.

She has over a decade of experience in the field, with specialty training in EMDR, dissociation, dual diagnosis, substance use and codependency/love addiction. Katy is eager to pass on the knowledge she has learned to a therapist-in-training and help shape their clinical expertise.

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Inner Balance Counseling

1234 S Power Rd Suite 252
Mesa, AZ 85206

1414 W Broadway Rd Suite 122
Tempe, AZ 85282

Front office: Monday - Friday 9am-3pm
By appointment only.

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