Student Fellowship Highlights

Student Fellowship Highlights

Meet John Arnold: John is conducting his internship at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in Leesburg, VA. He is working under a therapist in the residential treatment center. Every day is 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 have been great communicators and emphasize teamwork.

 

Student Fellowship Highlights

Meet Mariah Allen: Mariah is currently working with the Child Advocacy Center in Arlington County. She works primarily with children who have been victims of sexual assault, abuse, or trafficking. At the CAC, she is supporting their efforts to provide mental health support to children during investigations and onward. Services include Psychoeducation, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Victim and Family Support in court, and Victim Advocacy.

Student Fellowship Highlights

Meet 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, 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. 

Student Fellowship HighlightsMeet Kelly Kramer: Kelly is in the dual degree program with Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. She is in her first semester of internship with Fairfax County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Kelly has a major 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.

Student Fellowship HighlightsMeet Kelley Dausman: Kelley is currently interning at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare — Acute Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia. She serves 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 in order to provide timely and high-quality mental health care to patients from a variety of backgrounds. Kelley enjoys the opportunity to learn more about trauma-informed care in this team-oriented environment.

Student Fellowship Highlights Meet Rachel Costlow: Rachel is in the dual degree program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. She is interning with Atlantic Counseling Group of Leesburg, VA. Rachel provides individual counseling to male and female domestic violence offenders, as well as co-facilitates psycho-educational groups for the offenders. Rachel utilizes cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to counseling to support these individuals through a challenging time in their lives.

Student Fellowship Highlights Meet Itzel Munoz: Itzel is Mexican and was raised in Northern Virginia. She is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  She speaks both English and Spanish. Throughout her life, she has 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 interns at Arlington Free Clinic (AFC), where she provides 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.

Student Fellowship Highlights

Meet Kyle Ginzl: Kyle recently completed his Practicum requirements at Sandstone Care at their North Bethesda/Rockville location and will remain at the site for both semesters of his clinical internship. 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 their 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.

Student Fellowship Highlights Meet 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 to 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 5 years of work experience working in the mental health field from Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. There Yasmin has facilitated/implemented and created psychosocial educational groups and was the Chairperson of the incentive program. Yasmin is currently working at the National Capital Treatment & Recovery as a Clinical Intern. She predominantly works 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 meeting 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! 

Student Fellowship Highlights Meet Hye Joon Pak: Hye Joon is currently a clinical intern at Sandstone Care working with adolescents and young adults who are facing various challenges with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. Through individual and group counseling, she helps them with motivation to change and provide psychoeducation and group support so they can pursue a life of sobriety. For a lasting change, Hye Joon believes not only in treating the substance use behavior but also in exploring deeper issues that underlie substance use.