Former HRSA Scholars
John Arnold: John conducted his internship at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in Leesburg, VA. He worked under a therapist in the residential treatment center. Every day was a busy day of talking with adolescents, maintaining notes, facilitating family and group therapies, and adjusting treatment plans. John happily shared that the staff at NSBH were great communicators and emphasized teamwork.
Mariah Allen: Mariah worked with the Child Advocacy Center in Arlington County. She worked primarily with children who have been victims of sexual assault, abuse, or trafficking. At the CAC, she supported their efforts to provide mental health support to children during investigations and onward. Services included Psychoeducation, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Victim and Family Support in court, and Victim Advocacy.
Rachel Costlow: Rachel received a dual degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. She completed her internship with Atlantic Counseling Group of Leesburg, VA. Rachel provided individual counseling to male and female domestic violence offenders, as well as co-facilitated psycho-educational groups for the offenders. Rachel utilized cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to counseling to support these individuals through challenging times in their lives.
Kirsten Pettaway: Kirsten is an Arlington native with a strong sense of community. Therefore, when she got the opportunity to intern at an Arlington-based treatment center, Demeter House, she jumped at the chance to give back to the community that has given so much to her. Demeter House is a gender-based residential substance use treatment program intended to empower women, who often come from low-income and underserved communities, and give them the ability to re-enter their communities and break the cycle of addiction. At Demeter House, patients have access to 24-hour clinical and medical services, and daily clinical group and individual sessions. Women, who successfully leave the Demeter House, are given the knowledge necessary to return to their families and be more responsible citizens.
Kelly Kramer: Kelly received a dual degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. She completed her internship with Fairfax County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Kelly has a significant interest in Cognitive behavioral therapy and existential approaches to counseling, trauma-sensitive yoga, and helping survivors of violence find meaning and happiness in their lives.
Kelley Dausman: Kelley interned at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare — Acute Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia. She served children and adolescents in an inpatient setting through group, individual, and family therapy. The multidisciplinary nature of North Spring brings together psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and other helping professionals to provide timely and high-quality mental health care to patients from various backgrounds. Kelley enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about trauma-informed care in this team-oriented environment.
Itzel Munoz: Itzel is Mexican and was raised in Northern Virginia. She speaks both English and Spanish. Throughout her life, she realized that there is a gap and a need for more bilingual counselors in the mental health field, and her goal is to continue to work with marginalized groups where she can speak Spanish. Itzel interned at Arlington Free Clinic (AFC), where she provided counseling services in English and Spanish to low-income and uninsurable Arlington County adults. The generosity of donors and volunteers is why AFC can exist and thrive as a free clinic. The clients at AFC have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. This means that the clients are unable to qualify for Medicaid insurance because of the coverage gap.
Kyle Ginzl: Kyle interned at Sandstone Care at their North Bethesda/Rockville location. Sandstone Care provides drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment to both the young adult and adolescent populations. Sandstone has a host of age-appropriate programs that include a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Outpatient Treatment, as well as detox, residential, and sober living services. Sandstone offers individualized treatment for its clients, as well as family treatment and family support. Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife, his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and his one-year-old son. In his free time, his hobbies include playing the guitar, photography, cycling, and running.
Yasmin Lara: Yasmin was born and raised in Northern Virginian and is a daughter of Bolivian immigrants. She is a first-generation college graduate and the first to receive a Master’s. Yasmin has witnessed the disparities and inequities of those who do not have the proper resources to help them succeed. She believes in an individual’s success and integration back into the community. She has over 5 years of work experience working in the mental health field at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. There Yasmin facilitated/implemented and created psychosocial educational groups and was the Chairperson of the incentive program. Yasmin also interned at National Capital Treatment & Recovery as a Clinical Intern. She predominantly worked in the Men’s Residential Program called the Phoenix Program. The program offers a convenient, comfortable, gender-specific setting. This nationally accredited program helps clients break the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and equips them with the tools and coping skills they need to re-enter the community and maintain their recovery. Yasmin finds it rewarding in supporting individuals in their times of need and helping them grow in their recovery; when an individual makes strides and thrives in their recovery and meets their treatment goals. In the future, she plans to work as Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist with trauma, substance use, and development disability populations. Animals especially horses are powerful in deepening the relationship with oneself, recovery, and beyond!
Hye Joon Pak: Hye Joon interned at Sandstone Care working with adolescents and young adults who were facing various challenges with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. Through individual and group counseling, she helped them with motivation to change and provided psychoeducational and group support so they could pursue a life of sobriety. For a lasting change, Hye Joon believes not only in treating substance use behavior but also in exploring deeper issues that underlie substance use.
Laura Cook: Laura is interned as a counseling intern at Act Now for Mental Health — a non-profit mental health center based in Washington, DC. She served young adults ages 17-32 with mental health concerns via telehealth in Virginia. They also, run mental well-being classes once a semester. The ANMH team aims to aid underserved BIPOC and LGBTQ+ young adults at no cost to the client. The ANMH team is mostly LCSWs and LPC interns and is a new and growing organization. Laura loved filling the gap between what is learned in MSW and CMHC programs to serve clients best! This organization is very dear to her heart, and she was so excited to get to help those who may not have the funds to access therapy services otherwise.
Arlene Festekjian: Arlene interned at Youth for Tomorrow, which is both a resident and in-school service (Therapeutic Day Treatment) for the underserved. She served children and adolescents in Therapeutic Day Treatment which is in the school setting. In the school setting both the child/adolescent is supported as well as their family by providing weekly updates on how the child is doing and what can also be done at home to serve them best. The program offers therapeutic support for youth who struggle with symptoms of ADHD, depression, ODD, and mood instability, as well as a wide range of others. In the school setting, she worked with the students through group and individual therapy. Arlene enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about a wide range of informed care in a team-oriented environment.
Kelly Ha: Kelly was an intern and CSOTP Resident at Counseling and Forensic Services, Inc. (CFS), an outpatient practice with multiple locations across the state of Virginia. She provided services for adolescents and adults and court-mandated individuals through individual and group therapy. CFS has provided her with the opportunity to learn how counselors work with individuals involved with the justice system and to identify special needs and concerns to better assist this marginalized and underserved population.
Samantha Bauer: Samantha interned at the Mental Health Association of Frederick Maryland (MHA). MHA served children and adults in an outpatient setting through individual, couples, and family therapy. MHA operates under trauma-informed care, and she enjoyed the opportunity to learn through this lens in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Zoe Walden: Zoe interned at the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. She served adults, 18 years and older, in an outpatient setting through group therapy, individual therapy, and psychoeducation. Zoe is looking forward to learning more about substance-abuse treatment with other professionals to help their patients navigate and recover from past trauma and obtain long-term sobriety.