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We have Graduate Student Interns from a variety of schools. Our interns are typically with us for 12 months. Click here to apply for a graduate internship or to learn more about joining our team as an intern.

CAROLINE MANER
GRADUATE INTERN

Caroline is enrolled at Mercer University’s CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program and will graduate in December 2022. She is passionate about empowering others through holistic and person-centered methods and focuses her work with individuals of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, disordered eating, life stage transitions, identity issues, and social or emotional struggles. She believes all people are capable of profound growth and often just need a supportive and safe environment to achieve their mental health goals. Caroline has a sincere appreciation for collaboration and believes in a holistic approach to counseling.

 
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LEAH LANG
GRADUATE INTERN

Leah is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She is a native of East Cobb, having attended Mount Bethel Elementary School, Dickerson Middle School and Walton High School, as well as the University of Georgia. Leah spent two years teaching English in Japan, working mostly with middle school students. She also worked at Sylvan Learning Center, helping children master reading and math skills, as well as working with parents to find solutions to help their children succeed in school. More recently, Leah has been a stay-at-home mom to her 14-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

 

Leah has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. She believes in establishing a strong, therapeutic relationship that allows the client the freedom to be true to themselves. Leah draws from a person-centered approach to find the best individual fit for each client. Her clinical interests include grief and loss, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and interpersonal relationships. 

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JEN ALIFF
GRADUATE INTERN

Jen Aliff is an intern therapist studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University.  She began her interest in helping professions at Purdue University where she double majored in English and Psychology.  Jen has spent most of her life as an advocate for abused and neglected children, first working with DCFS and volunteering at a local crisis center, then later as a child advocate as both a foster and adoptive parent.

Jen uses a person-centered approach with her clients often pulling from both CBT and solutions focused modalities.  Leading with a growth mindset, Jen has a heart for individuals struggling with big feelings, behavioral issues, ADHD, ASD, anxiety, as well as gender identity and sexuality.  She has a wealth of experience professionally, but also personally having nine children.  Jen aspires to build a space of safety and understanding where her clients can grow and thrive.

 
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KIARRA DONNELLY
GRADUATE INTERN

Kiarra is a graduate intern from Kennesaw State University, where she is completing her Masters of Clinical Social Work.  Previously, she interned with Southeast Addiction Center.  Kiarra has always been drawn to the intersection of creativity, self-discovery, and healing.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Coastal Carolina University and an RYT-200 yoga teacher certification.  As a relentless student of herself, Kiarra also enjoys guiding clients on the journey towards wellness, compassion, and self-love.  Destigmatizing mental health struggles is one of Kiarra’s missions in life.  

 

Kiarra’s preferred therapeutic modalities are CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.  Her primary therapeutic interests include anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, trauma, and self-esteem.  She has a true heart for working with children and teenagers.  Kiarra considers it an honor to walk alongside clients of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, and personal identities.

 
 
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SHELLY JONES
GRADUATE INTERN

Shelly is pursuing her master's degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology, and has many years of experience as a clinical laboratory scientist working in various settings.  She was born in the Caribbean, and has lived in New York and Florida. Shelly is divorced, with two adult children and two grandchildren. Shelly is passionate about travelling as it bridges people and cultures. 

 

Shelly has experience with families in transition (divorce, blended and military). She is comfortable with children, adolescents and adults in varying stages of life development. Her client interests include generational and cultural relationships, depression, codependency, and oppositional personality traits. 

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GRACIE SEAVER
GRADUATE INTERN

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TIMOTHY HOANG TUAN NGUYEN
GRADUATE INTERN

Timothy is enrolled at Mercer School of Medicine’s Family Therapy MFT Program and will Graduate in July 2023. He is an artist himself: photographer, poet, dancer, musician; that desires to bring the free-reflective nature of the creative process into healing. He believes in creating safe spaces for children, teens, and adults to grow, understand, reflect, and build towards a hopeful future. He uses the arts for self-expression and healing: finding ways to make sense of emotions and feelings, separating problems from identities to strengthen self-esteem, and building upon the tools and traits to navigate anything that comes your way. He would love to journey with you through major life transitions with hope, discovering your voice and identity to share it, growing gratitude and mindfulness, navigating grief and loss, and becoming the you - you want to become!

Gracie is completing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She has a double BA in English Literature and Public Health from Agnes Scott College. She believes that a holistic approach to health starting at a young age can foster healthy growth mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Gracie has worked with children of all ages for several years as a nanny and has incorporated her knowledge of counseling and creative pedagogy in her care for the families she has worked with. Her experience with children has resulted in a passion for helping them through every stage of growing up and the struggles accompanying these stages, including anxiety, depression, and emotional regulation. She also intends to specialize in providing care for those who have experienced complex trauma,

 

Gracie believes in establishing a strong, collaborative, and trust-based therapeutic relationship that allows the client to be their authentic selves. She draws from Existential Theory and CBT, with an overall person-centered approach. Gracie believes that all clients deserve a supportive and safe counseling environment that promotes their well-being and their ability to grow and heal. 

 
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ZAHRA HENKEL
GRADUATE INTERN

Zahra is an intern therapist from Brenau University where she is completing her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology. She attended Georgia State University for a Bachelor of Psychology and an Associate of Art Education. While at Georgia State, she was able to work with children of all ages in various settings. Her thesis project involves measuring the effects of stimulant medication on the creativity of adults with ADHD. Zahra is eclectic in her theoretical orientation but favors approaches that examine client history and relate it to current issues.

 
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NAFIHA CHOWDHURY
GRADUATE INTERN

Nafiha is a master’s student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Georgia, she identifies as a native Georgian. During her undergraduate studies, she tutored middle and high school girls. During her undergrad, she joined a non-profit organization and tutored high school girls. As she began her master’s program at Mercer, she was given a position at a private school where she took the role of a teacher and mentor for boys and girls in the third and fourth grades.

 

Nafiha has years of experience working with children and youth of all ages. Her experiences have taught her to be patient and empathetic with individuals, allowing her to understand from their perspectives. She believes in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients through a holistic approach to creating the appropriate space for her clients.

 
 
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ABBY JONES
GRADUATE INTERN

Abby is an intern therapist from Mercer University, where she is completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Abby began her college journey playing soccer at Presbyterian College for two years then transferred to Georgia Tech to finish her degree.  She graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with an emphasis on Psychology and Spanish. 

 

Abby’s primary therapeutic interests include anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, self esteem, depression, and athletes. She is passionate about working with young women as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and with athletes as they learn to manage the pressures they face in the sports they love.  She enjoys working from a trauma-informed approach, integrating CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.  Abby is a certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) and believes in the power of incorporating movement and breath work to help individuals live their lives to the fullest.  She hopes to create empathetic and compassionate connections as she walks alongside students in their unique mental health journeys. She is excited to work with individuals and groups of all ages, genders, and personal identities.

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NIKKI BERNE
GRADUATE INTERN

Nikki is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Kennesaw State University and will graduate in May 2023. She holds a BA in Deaf Education from Georgia State University and has focused her work on the disability community. Nikki utilizes art and nature as therapeutic modalities when working with clients of all ages. With every client, Nikki ensures there is a strong therapeutic trust and focuses interventions based on the client's needs. 

Nikki is under the supervision of Kaytie Eastin, LCSW.

 
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BROOKE BOURNE
GRADUATE INTERN

Brooke is enrolled at Richmont Graduate University’s CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program and will graduate in May 2023. She grew up on Saint Simons Island, GA, and carries the joy of the outdoors throughout her therapeutic approach.

 

She is passionate about encouraging others through holistic, narrative, and person-centered methods. She focuses her work on individuals of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, life stage transitions, identity issues, and social or emotional struggles. She believes people make sense in the context of their stories. She believes in connecting the mind, heart, and body in a safe and welcoming environment to reach the individual’s goals. She believes in creating a space for a safe and thriving therapeutic relationship for the client to feel the freedom to express their true self. 

 
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CAROLINE HAMNER
GRADUATE INTERN

Caroline is pursuing her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University and will graduate in July 2023.  She has lived in Atlanta for 22 years, but her roots are in Louisiana with her family.  After graduating from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, Caroline followed her love of working with children and worked in behavioral therapy for kids and teens with ASD and ADHD.  Working with children inspired Caroline to pursue her MFT degree and work with a more systemic approach. 

Caroline believes in establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship which allows clients to feel safe and have freedom to explore all aspects of their lives.  Her clinical interests include grief and loss, building tools/coping mechanisms, anxiety, emotional regulation, and family relationships.