Graduate Counseling Student Internship

Charlotte Women's Counseling is proud to offer graduate level training for students completing their Master’s in Counseling and Master's in Social Work. These trainees are supervised by licensed counselors at Charlotte Women's Counseling. On a Aug-May rotation, these clinical interns provide individual and group therapy for a variety of issues. Our counseling interns are able to offer discounted therapeutic services for adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and life stress. Graduate counseling interns will tailor therapy sessions to the individual clients and their needs, but will be taught to utilize Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Client-centered therapy. Our counseling interns will also provide trauma informed services with a focus on women centered care. Each graduate counselor will work directly with a Licensed Counselor on site at all times, therefore you are sure to receive optimal care when working with a graduate counseling intern. 

Meet Our 2021-2022
Graduate Counseling Interns

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Michelle Fernandez

Hi, I am Michelle, and I am glad you are here. 

 

I am proud of you for just being here, and I am here to sit with you as you navigate this time of vulnerability and exploration. Let me tell you a bit about me – I am a third-year counseling student with a passion for women’s mental health and specifically perinatal mental health. I am a mom, an avid reader, lover of flowers, tea, and art. I am also someone who has significantly benefitted from counseling personally. So, when I tell you how big and scary a step talking to a counselor can feel like I understand.

My approach to counseling is rooted in both feminist and narrative therapy, but I will listen and help you find whatever path and process work best for you and your situation and goals. I believe that once we enter the counseling space, I am there to learn from you; after all, you are the expert in your experiences and emotions, so I see my role as a companion versus an authority. Working together, we will help you explore who you are and what things make you come alive. We will explore the systems and beliefs that might contribute to how you are feeling and equip you with the tools and language to advocate for your health and wellbeing to yourself and others.

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Edily Boykins

What does it look like for you to be seen, heard, and validated? That is the experience I hope you have when we collaborate.  

Life can be challenging. Navigating that as a woman can present even more obstacles. We carry many “hats”: mom, wife, employee, and the list goes on. In keeping up with our day-to-day lives we sometimes forsake our own mental wellbeing. Just know, you are not alone. I am human, just like you. I have had my own struggles and can understand what it’s like to enter the therapeutic relationship. I am grateful to walk alongside you in your journey. Whether you are suffering from depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, or setting boundaries, I am here to help.

My style to therapy is eclectic, inspired by Existential Therapy, Person-Centered, and Mindfulness Approaches. However, I will tailor my approach based on your individual needs. Remember, you are the expert!  

I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University with an anticipated graduation date of December 2022. I graduated in 2014 with my Bachelor’s from SUNY Empire State College with a major in Health and Human Services. On my free time I enjoy cooking, walks through nature, and occasionally binge-watching a favorite show.  

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Erica Ardern

I am here to listen without judgment, to hold a space that is safe for you to say anything that is on your mind, and to support and encourage you on your journey to a greater sense of wellbeing and mental health. I am the person in your corner, someone who truly has your best interest at heart and who wants you to succeed. My philosophy and approach to counseling is that while I have a certain skill set, you are the expert on yourself and what is best for you. Together, we can set and achieve goals that will bring you satisfaction and peace. This is a collaborative process, one in which I hope you will always feel the freedom to give me your feedback and take charge of your own healing. 

I am especially passionate about working with individuals who are managing depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also have a passion for supporting moms in balancing the many work, home, and relationship demands that motherhood brings. I encourage self-love and self-compassion in all things. 

 I graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in May of 2020. I am now pursuing my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at UNC Charlotte.

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Karmen Robinson

I have a passion for providing counseling for women, and adolescents. If you are having a hard time and not sure where to start and need a safe space to process I am here to help. You are not alone.

 

I will use both strength based and solution focused techniques to help you explore coping and self care that works for you. I will help you challenge the irrational thinking that creates perfectionism and help you focus on what matters most. Being a woman in this world is difficult as the expectations rise, at times this can lead to low self-esteem and identity issues, anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

 

I strive to help women and adolescents see that ‘I am not my symptoms; my symptoms are the result of my experience.’”

My goal is to empower you on this journey of healing and to help you recognize your  value and worth is not tied to actions or productivity. I can help you rewrite your story to how it works for you, not the way you’ve been told it should be.

 

I am currently a Master of Social Work student at Winthrop University. I am completing my internship at Charlotte Women's Counseling to strengthen my Clinical Counseling skills to better serve and empower women to be the best versions of themself. I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Carolina were I majored in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work.