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Intern Info

Training, Supervision and Personal Therapy for Marriage and Family Therapy Interns

The State of California requires therapists in training to complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling experience. This includes face-to-face counseling sessions, supervisory sessions, trainings, and personal therapy. I supervised more than 100 interns and trainees in a group counseling program that I developed for adolescents in schools, and I currently work with interns in my private practice. I was an instructor for an MFT exam prep seminar for 15 years and have trained hundreds of interns studying for their licensing exams. I am a highly praised and respected supervisor (previous interns are available to discuss their experiences).

Pre-requisites for interning with Dr. Jaffe:

  • Have completed between 1500-2000 hours in other clinic or agency settings where you have addressed a variety of clinical issues
  • Ideally, have interests or expertise that supplement those already offered in this office
  • Ideally, bring 5-10 clients with you from your agency setting
  • Have had at least one year of your own therapy, and preferably continue to see a therapist while doing your internship
  • Have an interest in learning the management aspects of private practice, including marketing, fee-setting, insurance billing, etc.
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume

I also provide individual therapy for trainees and interns at reasonable fees. In addition, I have helped many wonderful clinicians who are terrible test-takers … especially those who have test anxiety that gets in the way of succeeding on the licensing exam. Contact me for more information about therapy and mental preparation for exams.

I have published two articles written especially for trainees and interns, which appeared in The Therapist, the publication of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).

     Psychotherapy: A Mystery Puzzle in Progress

     A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures: The Use of Metaphor in Psychotherapy

One of the most difficult challenges for therapists-in-training is allowing your clients to move at their own pace, not at yours. To understand the importance of this learning, you might find the story of The Caterpillar to be informative.



Dr. Jaffe was very supportive and provided me with excellent supervision and additional training to supplement my formal education that has proven to be invaluable in my career. Her assistance with understanding group dynamics, applying diagnostic criteria, treatment planning, and note writing provided the foundation required to build a successful career.

William Joiner, MS
Masada Group Homes

When someone decides to write Chicken Soup for the MFT Intern Soul, at least one chapter needs to be dedicated to Dr. Jaelline Jaffe. With her knowledge of the latest theories of trauma resolution, combined with her empathy and passion for helping kids, Jaelline is the kind of clinical supervisor that any therapist-in-training would treasure.

Christy Callahan, MA
Santa Barbara Graduate Institute

I found the experience to be extremely worthwhile … As a mentor Dr. Jaffe showed compassion and patience … As a supervisor, she was resourceful and conducted informative group supervision sessions with opportunities for case presentations and with her guidance developed them into treatment plans. I highly recommend Dr, Jaffe’s trainee and intern program.

Patrick A. Talbot, MS
CE Coordinator and Ropes Course Director
The Ojai Foundation

Psychotherapist with psychotherapy office serving Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village.