The 2019-2020 Internship Position Has Been Filled! Feel Free to Check Back in December 2019 if You Might Need to Switch Placements for 2020–It’s Possible We’ll Have More Demand for Intern Counselors at that Time.
Lotus Center is a collaborative of holistic mental health providers, with several different business entities operating under one roof. We will specify which provider/business is hiring for each position listed. Please make sure you are applying for the correct position.
Lotus providers offer a variety of holistic services including: health coaching, sex and relationship counseling, 1-on-1 yoga, EMDR, trauma-informed psychotherapy, genetic analysis, hypnosis, meditation & mindfulness coaching. We offer research-based methods to help clients optimize their mind, biochemistry and way of relating to the world.
Our clients reflect the neighborhood we are in and are typically college-educated and in the 20-50 year old age range.
About the Internship
Heather Shannon, LCPC offers a clinical internship for Master’s in Counseling students. This 20-hour per week position starts July 1st of 2019 and ends June 30th of 2020. While there is some flexibility in these dates based on varying requirements from graduate schools, Heather has a year-round internship to allow clients to transfer smoothly from one intern to the next.
The clinical lens of the internship will focus on holistic modalities such as nutrition, genetics, meditation & mindfulness, hypnosis, IFS (Internal Family Systems) and positive psychology along with more traditional talk therapy approaches including Gottman Couples Counseling, attachment theory, CBT and solution-focused therapy. Heather’s primary clinical focus is on sex/relationship counseling. She also sees lots of clients with anxiety and a fair amount of depression, trauma, work/life balance and addictive/compulsive behaviors. Heather’s clients are typically professionals in the 20-50 year old range from fairly diverse backgrounds. Your caseload will likely be similar to Heather’s while serving more of an uninsured or under-insured population. Most importantly, this position will allow you to gain experience, confidence and strength as a therapist! You will be provided with access to the Gottman Couples Counseling Level I training and a $400 stipend to attend any professional development of your choice during your internship year.
In addition to clinical work, this internship will also include writing articles on integrative health, relationships and/or sexuality for the website. This type of written content creation is a great way to educate the public on important mental health issues while developing a brand and building an audience that will most benefit from the content. You will be provided with video training and consultation with Heather to learn digital marketing best practices including branding, email marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), copywriting and more. All articles you write will include a byline with your name.
This internship is a great fit for independent, self starters with a high level of professionalism. While you will be supported at all turns, Heather is looking for someone with a healthy degree of self-reliance, entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving and critical thinking skills. She is interested in candidates who can display an openness to learning while also having the confidence to ask questions or express an opinion respectfully. Career-changers with previous full-time work history are strongly preferred. Qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Strong written communication skills are a must as is a comfort-level (or at least a desire to get more comfortable!) in talking with clients about sexuality and writing about sexuality.
During the 20-hr/week internship, you can expect to spend your time as follows:
Clinical, Direct (Up to 10 hrs/wk):
- See clients 1-on-1
- Attend occasional/rare group presentations
Non-Direct Clinical (5hrs/wk):
- Weekly 1-hr clinical supervision (often 2 hrs/wk for the first month)
- Client notes & treatment planning
- Researching client concerns
Non-Direct, Non-Clinical (5hrs/wk) :
- Digital marketing training videos
- Email newsletter management (Mailchimp)
Your work hours will be based on office availability and demand from clients. Since clients generally prefer weekday evenings and weekend appointments, you should expect to work at least 1 weekday evening and 1 full weekend day in order to assure you meet your 280 direct hours requirement. Your schedule might look something like this:
Tuesdays 2:30-9pm (with 30 min meal break)
Fridays 12:30-7pm (with 30 min meal break)
Saturdays or Sundays 9am-5:30pm (with 30 min meal break)
We will of course work around your class schedule as well!
Heather has been supervising interns and/or employees since 2010. She has worked as a school counselor, in solo practice and as the owner of a group practice and is happy to impart what she’s learned from these experiences. In 2011, Heather got certified as a health coach and has been helping people with digestion, body image, sane eating and genetic analysis ever since. She is also authorized as a Shambhala (Meditation) Guide and volunteers twice a month at the Shambhala Center in the West Loop training newbies how to meditate. In 2018, Heather received certificates in both hypnosis and Internal Family Systems. Heather is currently focused on professional development in the areas of sex, intimacy and relationships.
Personally, Heather enjoys travel, nature, adventure, music and dancing. She occasionally dips her toe in Chicago’s bachata scene and loves cutting a rug at any party or wedding. She’s obsessed with the ocean and planning a SCUBA trip to Cozumel. And she’s recently started drumming lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music and loving the process. Once she was so adventurous that she jumped off a cliff in Rio . . . but don’t worry, she was attached to a hang glider!
How to Apply
To apply, please send your CV or resume, cover letter and 3 letters of recommendation to HeatherShannonLCPC@gmail.com along with a 750-1000 word blog post on one of the following topics:
- Probiotics for Mental Health: How Much? Which Strains? How to Get Them?
- The Most Important Nutrients for Mental Health & How to Get Enough of Them
- What You Must Know About Kink & BDSM
- The Top 5 Things You Can Do to Strengthen Your Relationship
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and 1-2 interns will be selected for the 2019-2020 school year. You will receive a response as to whether or not you’ll be offered an interview within 1 month of your application submission. Please do not follow up with emails or phone calls during that time. Heather sincerely looks forward to reviewing your applications!