Interns

Counseling interns have completed graduate level schooling and are required to work 600 hours prior to applying for licensure. Under the direct supervision of a licensed practitioner, interns may diagnose and treat a variety of mental health conditions. Our internship program offers quality counseling for the uninsured at a decreased rate.

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Emrielle: My education consists of a BA in Sociology from Oregon State University, a certification in Brain Injury, and current progress towards an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro University Worldwide. For the last 11 years I have been working with individuals and families who struggle with a variety of disabilities and mental health struggles. I have had the opportunity to work with children and adults with brain injury, grief and loss, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and severe emotional and behavioral challenges. My goal is to provide a consistent and nonjudgmental place of safety where individuals, couples, and families feel comfortable and welcome to share their hardest struggles and intense emotions. I look forward to working in a collaborative way to help my clients identify and reach their goals in order to reach their fullest potential of a life worth living.

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Amy: My educational and professional backgrounds are rooted in the life sciences and include a BS in Biology with experience in microbiology and chemistry. Currently, I am working towards earning my master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Marriage, Couple, and Family counseling. My foundation in intersecting disciplines helped shape the systems approach I take in counseling. I have a special interest in grief and trauma work and how external systems work to influence those healing processes. Whether working with individuals, couples, or families, I believe my clients are best served by exploring issues through the contextual lens of their lives. In my role as counselor, I pledge to meet each client where they are at, with compassion, respect, dignity, and unconditional positive regard. I strive to create a culturally responsive space where clients can feel safe to take the necessary brave steps into exploration, so that they may become their most authentic, whole selves.

Drew: I am currently working towards my Master of Arts in marriage, family and couple’s Counseling at Western Michigan University. I completed my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University with a BA in Human Development and Family Studies. I’ve had the opportunity to be able to work with a diverse group of adolescents in residential care. My goal is to help provide my clients with the resources to function successfully, grow, and experience overall personal wellness. I look forward to providing my clients with a safe and healing place to work through life’s difficulties.

"I love working somewhere where I am valued as a person and for my strengths. I love working with likeminded people that work to see the company grow and that also want each other to grow. Dr. Agnew help fosters the dreams of the people that work at AFBHS. The compassionate culture is something that drew me in."

-Danie Duron, MA, LPC, Lakeshore Clinical Director

"I love the balance of owning my own private practice, with the benefits of also being part of a collaborative team. We get to socialize, learn from, and brainstorm with a team of therapists who each bring something special to the table. Since this is an established practice, the details of billing, paperwork and finding referral sources are things I don’t need to worry about. Our support staff is wonderful. This is a black-owned, racially diverse therapy practice that meets the needs of our diverse clientele, which is immensely important in a diverse world. I love that AFBHS is an antiracist private practice. Lastly, this is a practice where we are invested in seeing each therapist grow a sustainable practice. In our meetings, we talk about what makes this work sustainable, we check in with one another, and we support one another. I have worked in a number of other practices over my career and have found that this is one of the most emotionally healthy places I have ever worked. I love it here. I think you might too." -Eric Nykamp, LMSW