(650) 489-5645

Agency Description

StarVista is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County that provides free and low-cost mental health services to children, youth, and adults dealing with diverse issues. StarVista's many programs serve over 34,000 individuals in San Mateo County annually. We have nine locations throughout the county, providing a comprehensive array multi-lingual, social services. Some of the programs we offer include: early childhood intervention, residential services, school based services, youth diversion services, dual diagnosis treatment, court mandated therapy, as well as traditional individual, couple, and family counseling at our Counseling Center. We understand that each client is complex - sometimes we work with individuals, sometimes a whole family. Some clients are able to focus on one issue, and others must tackle many interrelated issues simultaneously. Overall, we aim to help empower our clients to overcome their challenges. Most importantly, we treat every person with respect and, in many cases, mold our services to meet the needs of our clients. We provide assistance through prevention, early intervention, education, counseling, and residential services. StarVista has contracts and collaborative relationships with many agencies in San Mateo County: Juvenile Justice, Belmont Police Department, San Mateo County Mental Health, MediCAL, CalWORKs, Child Protective Services, local school districts, and other agencies within the area.

Agency Mission

Our mission is to deliver high-impact services through counseling, skill development, and crisis prevention to children, youth, adults, and families. We envision a thriving community in which all children, youth adults, and families achieve their potential. We utilize a strength-based, holistic approach. Guided by; • Respect We honor the dignity of those we partner with, serve, and work beside. • Passion We demonstrate enthusiasm and excitement through our actions with clients, peers, and communities we serve. • Partnership We authentically connect and collaborate with our diverse community including the people we serve and other agencies. • Accountability We continually seek to maintain the utmost competency and proficiency as leaders in the non-profit sector. • Innovation With the spirit of transparency, we hold ourselves accountable both individually and agency wide-accountable to our partners, funders, clients, and each other. • Integrity We constantly endeavor to create, improve, and expand on all areas of our agency and services-our creativity and commitment have the potential to impact communities.


StarVista serves a wide demographic and diagnostic population. The specific population served will depend on the program placement. San Mateo County is among the most ethnically diverse counties in the US and our client population reflects this. The majority of our clients are of low socioeconomic status and many have experienced trauma; consequently, in addition to benefiting from therapy, a significant proportion of our clients require some case management or collaboration with other service providers to help them get their basic needs met. Please see our website for an overview of the focus of each of our programs:

Staff (#, Degree, Prof. Lic.)

# of Psychologists: 4

# of LMFT: 7

# of LCSW: 4

OVERALL Match Process Internship Info

Half-time 3 0 0.00 08/20/2021 08/19/2022 20 0
Full-time 3 0 0.00 08/20/2021 08/19/2022 40 0
Half-time 1.00 2.00
Full-time 2.00 2.00

CURRENT Match Phase Needs

This Data is Informational Only. The Official Track and Available Position data is provided on the InternFit platform.

Counseling Center HT-1YR 3
School Based Services FT 0
School Based and Counseling Center FT 0
School Based and Womens Enrichment Center FT 0
Counseling Center and Womens Enrichment Center FT 0
Track Name Track ID Type # of interns Counseling Center I-287-1 Update GIRLS I-287-2 UpdateRemove School Based Services I-287-3 UpdateRemove School Based and Counseling Center I-287-4 Updat HT-1YR 2
Insights HT-1YR 0
Insights and School Based FT 0
Insights and School Based UNDETERMINED/MULTIPLE 0

Required days and times

Tuesday 9:30am - 2:00pm; additional required days will vary based on track/program placement.

Training and Education Offered

The primary goal of the pre-doctoral training program is to provide high-quality professional training and supervised experience that will afford each psychology intern the opportunity to build cultural, ethical, and clinical competence in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and their families within a multicultural and multidisciplinary, community mental health setting. We prepare students for the practice of professional psychology by facilitating the pre-doctoral intern process of change from advanced student-in-training to competent professional via experience, supervision, training, and education. Training experience can include the following domains, depending on program placement: psychotherapeutic interventions and assessment/testing with children, adults and families, psychoeducation, prevention, treating co-occurring disorders, and multidisciplinary treatment collaboration. The training program comprises individual and group supervision with a diverse team of licensed psychologists. Additionally, we require incoming interns to attend weekly didactic sessions on a wide variety of topics by experts from all 24 StarVista programs. We occasionally offer "LIVE" therapy supervision/training seminar experience. Our state-of-the-art facility enables an intern’s therapy session to be observed and videotaped from behind a one-way mirror. The intern is able to wear an earpiece to receive in-the-moment supervision, and trainees are able to analyze and discuss the session in subsequent process groups. Consistent with the StarVista values, interns are trained to strengthen communities by empowering children, youth, adults and families to overcome challenges through education, counseling, and residential services. The training emphasizes treating everyone with respect, infusing our work with a passion for what we do, working together as part of a team and honoring our commitments.

X-Cultural Training


As StarVista operates in the diverse County of San Mateo County, multicultural training and awareness are of central importance. As such, our goal is to integrate multicultural training into each didactic and supervision session. Additionally, StarVista works directly with San Mateo County on cross-cultural awareness and treatment integration. StarVista interns have access to all San Mateo County cross-cultural training opportunities during their time at our agency.

Language(s) staff can use in the delivery of clinical services:

Spanish bilingual preferred


Responsibilities and functions vary based on StarVista Placement Opportunities: StarVista Counseling Center: Half time or Full time split Intern will provide services for children, adolescents, and adults through individual, couple, and family counseling. This program allows exposure to the full range of client presentations and populations in a community based mental health setting. School Based Services: Half time, Full time, or Full time split Intern will provide individual and group counseling services to elementary, middle, and high schools in San Mateo County. This program provides exposure to working with children and adolescents in a school based setting. GIRLS: Full-time Intern will provide individual, group and family therapy to adolescent girls with co-occurring disorders who are incarcerated or on probation. This program provides exposure to work with severely challenged girls with a wide variety of trauma and clinical presentations. Women's Enrichment Center: Full time spilt Interns will be part of a cohesive day treatment team. Clients are adult women with co-occurring disorders. This program provides an opportunity to work with women presenting with substance abuse and a wide range of issues, including PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, difficulties with anger management, poor communication, chronic pain, and homelessness. Insights: Half time or Full time split Interns will provide outpatient counseling services for adolescents addressing co-occurring substance abuse, anger management, and mental health concerns. Youth are empowered to identify strengths, increase accountability and make positive, lasting changes for themselves and for their families. Individuals and families engage in case management, individual, group, and family counseling. They receive psycho-education and support around alcohol & other drugs, addiction, anger management, relationships, mental health, coping skills, awareness, and communication.


Required/Desired Experience:

Experience working in community-based psychology is preferred. Additionally, depending on your placement, experience working with children and families and/or substance abuse/dual diagnosis may be desired.

Brief Description of Requirements:

Spanish bilingual preferred. Clinical and/or educational experience in any related area is preferred.

Application Procedures

StarVista requires the same application materials as CAPIC: CAPIC Uniform Application (CUA) CUA Essays (2): Essay #1 (Biographical Statement) Essay #2 (Theoretical Orientation) Cover Letter: Please address all letters of interest to Dr. Sarah Burdge, Director of Doctoral Training. Please specify the program(s) of interest, full-time/half-time desired placement, and indicate how your goals, experience, and interests make you a match for StarVista. Curriculum Vitae CAPIC Eligibility and Readiness Form (CERF) 3 Letters of Recommendation Upon receipt of your application materials, you will be contacted by the Professional Training Coordinator. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be notified by the Doctoral Training Director. Interviews may include role play and/or case presentation. If this is required, you will be notified prior to your interview date.

Interview Process:

Individual interviews may include role play and/or case presentation. If this is required, applicants will be notified prior to their interview date.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone with a genuine and passion for community-based mental health. As our client population is diverse, we are looking for applicants who are able to recognize the client's strengths and think broadly about the various systems influencing the client. Our work can sometimes be unpredictable; therefore, we are looking for applicants who can be appropriately tolerant and flexible. We understand that this work is difficult and look for applicants who value humor and self-care. Additionally, StarVista offers multiple opportunities for growth, so we encourage interns and trainees to advocate for themselves.

Additional application docs required (if any)

  • Experience
  • Specify Course Work

Other information:

Spanish bilingual preferred.
  • County - San Mateo
  • Contact Person Title - Professional Training Director
  • Contact Person - Melissa Guariglia, PsyD
  • Dir. of Training Title - Professional Training Director
  • Dir. of Training - Melissa Guariglia, PsyD

  • Last Updated - 18 February 2021

  • Number of Applicants Last Year -

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-287
  • CAPIC Member Since - 1991
  • Region - No. Cal
  • Internships Status - Half/Full
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - Yes
    • Half-Time 2 Years - Yes
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - Yes
    • Half-Time 2 Years - Yes
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph.D., MACP
  • 610 Elm Street, Suite 212
  • San carlos, CA 94070
  • Phone - (650) 489-5645
  • Fax - (650) 489-5645

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Consultation
  • Couple
  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Long Term
  • Outpatient
  • Psych. Testing