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 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.