M.F.T. Program

Counseling West
4419 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 310
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(818) 990-9898  

Fax: 818 783 2243
Email: counselingwest@gmail.com

Your communication is private
and confidential.
Hours: Mon- Fri, 8am to 9pm
               Sat, 8am-6pm

For Training Program inquiries
Email: debra@counselingwest.com
Phone: (818) 990-6558

We are conveniently located in
Sherman Oaks, close to the 101
and 405 freeways.

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DEBRA SHARON. PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME TO debra@counselingwest.com

M.F.T. Internship Training Program Introduction

Counseling West, a non-profit mental health center, was founded in 1976 to provide quality, affordable counseling and psychotherapy to individuals and families, and to provide a training program for mental health professionals of depth and value. Our program is designed to meet the needs of both those with no prior experience in the field and those who have acquired experience toward licensure. Interns and trainees begin to take on clients as quickly as readiness and previous experience allow and based on availability of new clients.

The agency's office is staffed by a carefully selected group of pre-licensed trainees and interns from top schools in southern California. Staff members are characterized by their compassion, personal maturity, warmth, degree of self-awareness, and commitment to the rigors of a life lived in the presence of the psyche. Staff members are encouraged to be in therapy and, although it is not mandatory, it is typical.

The agency believes strongly in facilitating a supportive, nurturing environment for trainees and interns as well as clients. We believe that staff members can benefit greatly from knowing each other and each other's work; therefore, supervision and training are conducted in groups. In this way, staff members have an opportunity to observe a variety of counseling approaches as well as developing deep bonds with others at the agency.

Counseling West staff members utilize a variety of orienting approaches in working with clients. Many cases involve family issues, and a systems approach is appropriate. For other clients, more in-depth therapeutic interventions utilizing psycho-dynamic, Jungian, and Humanistic-Existential approaches are used. In all cases, therapists use an orienting philosophy, which is tailored to meet the needs of the client.

In addition to opportunities for additional training offered during the year through guest speakers and clinical presentations, our staff is required to become involved in community outreach programs. These provide invaluable experience in acquiring additional skills in areas such as networking, public speaking, and public relations that are necessary for successful practice after licensure. Some interns/trainees choose to offer groups in areas of specific interest to them, i.e. bereavement, adolescence, children of divorce.

Because of the diversity of our client population, we are able to provide interns and trainees with a broad base of experience with many kinds of presenting problems. We strongly encourage our interns/trainees develop various groups such as, parenting groups which we may then offer to the community.

Many interns who begin their training at Counseling West apply to stay on and complete their entire 3000 hours of experience. We are pleased with the environment we have created at Counseling West and we strive to constantly improve our services to both clients and staff.

Program Requirements

1. FIRST YEAR INTERNS AND TRAINEES: (Approximately 12-14 hrs/wk.)
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (This includes a 2-hour supervision group, 1-1/2 hour training group, monthly in-service presentations, staff meetings, etc.)
  • Carry a client caseload of 6 sessions / week by the end of the first 6 months.
  • Be present for training on the telephone intake procedures. Be available to answer intake calls for about 2 hours per week during business hours (Mon thru Fri.9-5).
  • All trainees and interns are highly encouraged to be in personal therapy or analysis during their training.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. weekly, trainings from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Carry a client caseload of at least 8 client sessions / week through the remainder of your internship.
  • Individual supervision provided when the intern has consistently carried a sufficient caseload.
  • All trainees and interns are highly encouraged to be in personal therapy or analysis during their training.
3. Administration Fee: One time fee of $750 payable upon commencement of training. Upon hiring, you will be required to sign a supervision contract with your designated supervisor.

4. Provide proof of malpractice insurance before beginning to see clients, continually updating your file with current insurance documentation.

5. Have voice-mail on your home or cell phone, and a designated voice-mail # where your clients may leave messages. Your message to clients must include your position as an intern or trainee at CW.

6. Design and implement an annual 24-hour project of your choosing, as a service to CW, individually or with a team that may also be done as a monthly ongoing project. We will provide guidance, suggestions, and mentoring. The first year interns / trainees engage in 2 hours per week answering intake calls instead.

7.This is an unpaid internship.

8. Maintain an acceptable level of attendance and participation in the internship program, notifying your supervisor when you are unable to attend supervision/training.

9. Agree to clear all vacations with your supervisor, and to notify the office and your supervisor of any out of town away time greater than a few days.

10. Satisfactorily pass bi-annual evaluations with your current supervisor.

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Our Leaders

Debra Sharon, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Sharon is a licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has worked in various agencies as well as graduate schools. She has taught at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Argosy University, and California Graduate Institute. More recently, she was core faculty teaching in the Clinical Psychology, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy Departments as well as being Director of Clinical Training and Dean of Students at Phillips Graduate Institute. Dr. Sharon has an extensive background working in Special Education Schools.  She was Director of School-based Mental Health Services at the HELP Group as well as being the Clinical Director of Summit View and Coldwater Canyon Prep Schools.  Dr. Sharon has a Pupil Personnel Credential in School Counseling and many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families.

Jeanine Roose, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Clinical Supervisor

Director of Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Certified Jungian Analyst; Past President and Past Director of Training, Los Angeles Jung Institute; Faculty, Teaching and Supervision of candidates at C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles; B.S. & M.S., Nursing, UCLA; Ph.D., Psychology, UCLA; Former Assistant Director, Nursing Service, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute; Associate Editor, Journal of Analytical Psychology; Over 28 years in private practice in analytical psychology/psychotherapy.

Joni Lavick, M.A., M.F.T.
MFT Clinical Supervisor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Graduate Loyola Marymount University. Twenty years experience as a psychotherapist, fifteen as a clinical supervisor. Specialized training in Mary Main's Adult Attachment Interview. Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Recipient of TheBody.com National HIV Leadership Award and The Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapists Community Service Award. Board member of The Women's Association for Addiction Treatment. 

Patricia Taylor, M.F.T., PhD(c)
MFT Clinical Supervisor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for approximately 15 years. Graduate of Pepperdine University with a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Education. Private practice experience dealing with individuals, children, and couple around issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, marital conflict.  Currently completing her doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Ian Stulberg, MSW
MFT Clinical Supervisor

Ian received his MSW from UCLA and has been a clinical social worker for over 28 years.  For the majority of his professional career, he has focused on, written about and presented on the LGBT and HIV communities.  He has worked on inpatient AIDS units early in his career; was Manager of Mental Health for AIDS Service Center in Pasadena for almost eight years; and worked for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Mental Health Services program for ten years, initially as Manager of Clinical Training, and, for the last three years, as Director.  Ian has also worked for Kaiser Permanente as a Clinical Program Manager, and for the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Currently, Ian works as an independent contractor, providing clinical supervision and documentation review for Lamp Community in downtown Los Angeles. 

Deborah Edgar, MFT
MFT Clinical Supervisor

A graduate of Harvard University (BA) and of Fuller Theological Seminary (MAT, MSMFT), Deborah has worked with families, children, college students, and adults for over twenty years both in the US and abroad. She started her own private practice in Pasadena as an MFT Intern in 2005, where she continues to regularly meet with people who have experienced severe childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, life transitions, and pastoral/spiritual crises. She is passionate about the dialogue between psychology, theology and spirituality, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute writing her dissertation on the role of the Sacred in engendering the courage to be embodied for those recovering from childhood sexual abuse. She was a trainee and intern at Santa Anita Family Service (Monrovia, CA) where she worked with a diverse population who brought with them issues with domestic violence, substance abuse, and child abuse. For two years, she was an in-home family therapist with Family Preservation. She was also an intern at La Vie Counseling Center (Pasadena, CA). She continues to receive training in a depth psychological approach to trauma, and is glad that there are mentors and senior analysts out there from whom she can glean insight, wisdom and the highest degree of professional competence to pass on to her clients, as well as her supervisees. She speaks French and cannot go a day without loose leaf tea. 

Robin Wynslow
MFT Clinical Supervisor

Robin Newell Wynslow, was born and raised (mostly) in Massachusetts.  She spent her high school years in England and returned to the US to join the Civil Rights movement and other accoutrements of the Vietnam era.  Early in her career, Robin worked briefly as a Social Worker in South Central LA and then returned to university, obtaining an MA in Counseling from California State University Northridge and a PhD in Educational Counseling the University of Southern California.  She taught 6th grade for LAUSD, and continued in Special Education, first with the primary grades, and then with adolescents in both the public and private sectors, before and while beginning a private practice and certification as a Jungian Analyst.  She has been President of the Board of Directors of the CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles and served as Executive Director for one year.  She currently served on both the Certifying and Library Committees at the Jung Institute, enjoys planning, planting and weeding drought tolerant gardens, walks with the dog(s) on the beach, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, reading in front of the fire in winter (a brief event in Southern California) and periodically cooking for friends.

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