Counseling Student Interns

As an approved Internship site for CACREP accredited Universities, our mission is to offer our interns a one year program in a private practice setting where they will be assigned to a mentor to work directly with them. This provides them with the opportunity to gain experience on how to be an integral member of the Mental Health Community as well as gaining unprecedented knowledge of how to have a successful private practice. Interns are well trained and provide competent supervised therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. They are able to offer this service at a discounted price.

  • Andrew trelstad

    Graduate Student Intern


    Research shows that the quality and quantity of our relationships with others determines our happiness, health and longevity.  My practice will strive to build and deepen those connections for you with those important to you.  Whether that means working to more deeply connect with your child, your partner or any other relationship you are hoping to improve.  We will work together to explore your strengths and tailor your toolbox of choices and responses to help you with life as it comes at you.


    Individuals, I will meet you where you are that day and build hope for change.  Couples, I will work to untangle the intricate dance that so many couples can get stuck in.  For kiddos, I will use Child-Centered Play Therapy to build their self-esteem and self-control.


    I am enrolled in the George Fox University Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master's Program because of the life changing empowerment that my own personal therapy once gave me.  My first marriage ended in divorce and therapy gave my children and I the hope and tools to create a different future.


    Andrew works out of both the Newberg and Portland locations.

    You can contact Andrew at: Andrew@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: (503) 405-4718

  • Geoffrey Scholl

    Graduate Student Intern

    It can be intimidating to admit that you need help in the best of times.  Reaching out for help while you are in the messiness of life can be even harder.  That is why I believe that this first step is one of the greatest acts of strength that a person can take.  Through our therapeutic relationship we will find a path through your struggles that allows you to come out happy, healthy, and safe.  I work systemically with couples, individuals, families and adolescents to help them through trauma and relationship issues.


    My therapeutic approach can involve techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Mindfulness training.  Because no two people are the same, every person will have a different plan.  Change is often intimidating but you don't need to go through it alone.  My counseling style is to build a relationship of mutual trust by providing an open, caring, and judgement free environment where you can feel safe to unburden yourself.  I offer evening and Saturday appointment because I know the struggles of work, family, and personal life.


    Geoffrey works out of both the Portland and Newberg locations.

    You can contact Geoffrey at: Geoff@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: (503) 662-2691




  • Jewels Lambert

    Graduate Student Intern


    I understand that we all experience challenges, and certain obstacles are harder to overcome by ourselves.  I strive to help you conquer those challenges by being a resource and guide.  I work with clients to understand their goals as well as their personal and cultural worldview.  I know counseling may be a difficult process and appreciate your courage to seek services.  Clients may change through this process and as a result the family system, whether parent-child or partner-partner, may change as well.


    I work with individuals, children, couples and families with a variety of concerns.  I utilize an integrative approach to counseling where I often practice from several therapeutic orientations as appropriate to each client's needs and desires.  Approaches include but are not limited to, person-centered, systemic, play therapy, sandtray, child-parent relationship therapy, and emotion focused therapy.  I use evidence-based techniques, which are researched for effectiveness and quality of services.


    I value the therapeutic relationship and strive for an empathic, safe, and respectful environment.  In working with children, play is used for improving self-expression, self-control, and responsibility.  Play is also beneficial for parent training as well as improving the parent-child relationship.  In working with couples, I focus on strengthening the attachment between the couple to help improve the relationship and encourage positive change.


    I am a graduate student intern at George Fox University and I will be graduating with my Master Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling in 2018.


    Jewels works out of both the Newberg and Portland locations.

    You can reach Jewels at:  Jewels@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: 971-808-1293




  • Meagan Schmidt

    Graduate Student Intern


    I have a passion to walk alongside children, couples, families and individuals as they navigate life's challenges.  I believe that we all have the natural ability to strive toward growth, however life presents challenges that may inhibit that natural growth.  By providing an empathetic and safe place, people can navigate and explore the changes they would like to make in order to continue towards positive growth.  I approach therapy through a person-centered, collaborative and attachment based lens.


    I use play therapy in my work with young children, believing that they have a unique perspective and play is a way to enter into their wold.  I believe play is a child's language and toys are their words.  Play Therapy allows children to process their trauma, learn how to self-direct, gain self-control and build their self-esteem.  I also use child-parent relationship training (CPRT) in my work with helping parents foster and strengthen their relationship with their children.


    In my work with couples, I enjoy practicing Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) along with Sandtray therapy to work on externalizing the problem in order to help the couple join together as a team to overcome the problem together.


    I have over 100 hours of training in play and filial therapy.  Additional training's: International counseling, EFT, Expressive Arts techniques and Trauma.  I have experience coming alongside and working with people of a variety of cultures, religions and life experiences.

    I will complete my Master's Degree from George Fox University in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy in May 2018.


    Meagan works out of both the Newberg and Portland locations.

    You can reach Meagan at: Meagan@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: (951) 383-6571





  • michelle gelow

    Graduate Student Intern


    I believe each stage of life has its own challenges, which is why I work with a range of individuals, including children, adolescents, and adults.  Making the choice to enter counseling shows courage and strength.  Working together we will continue moving forward in this positive direction. 


    I specialize in addressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress, emotional disturbance, relationship struggles, and self-harm.  Life can be complex and finding a balance can be extremely difficult, but these challenges don't define you. Together we will identify your strengths while also developing positive coping skills which give you the power to change  your life in a healthy and effective way.


    My role as a therapist is to create a safe and judgment-free environment where you feel supported and understood.  My approach includes techniques from Solution Focused therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family systems, Person-Centered, and Strength Based therapy techniques.  Overall, these focus on the whole person and their life experiences and allows for flexibility in our sessions to fit your needs.  A human connection and strong support system is what allows for growth and change to occur. 


    Through in depth processing of your thoughts and emotions, you can feel more confident in understanding yourself as an individual and in relation to others.


    As a Graduate Student intern, I am committed to walking alongside you in the counseling process. It takes courage to reach out for help and support and I encourage you to take the next step.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries.


    Michelle works out of both the Newberg and Portland locations.

    You can reach Michelle at: Michelle@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: (503) 966-9619

  • Nicole apted

    Graduate Student Intern


    I'm in the process of obtaining my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University.  I'm passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. 


    My goal as a therapist is to provide a welcoming place for  individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings, and share their stories, in order to give them meaning and to gain understanding.  I believe in a Person Centered approach where the individual feels safe and in control of their own therapeutic experiences, while the therapist walks alongside them.  I aim to be flexible and adaptable in my therapeutic approach with clients and the unique stories they bring to therapy.  


    I have 50+ hours of training with sexual assault survivors.  I've also trained to work with Sex Trafficking survivors with complex trauma.  Recently, I attended a conference on the prevention of domestic and sexual violence in men and boys.  


    In my free time I enjoy hiking, dancing, and spending quality time with friends and family.  I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.


    Nicole works out of both the Newberg and Portland locations.

    You can reach Nicole at: Nicole@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: 949-446-1193


  • Skyler johnston

    Graduate Student

    Intern


    Researchers have consistently found that the most powerful determinant of therapeutic success is the relationship with one's counselor.  It is the safe, non-judgmental and genuine connection that enables the healing process to move forward.  I have made it my mission as a helping professional to bring a lens of radical openness to my interactions with others, to foster safe spaces where we can collaboratively explore behaviors, thoughts and experiences. The aim is always to promote greater well-being, personal growth and integration both within oneself and to the environment around us.


    I work with families, couples and individuals age twelve and up, across a wide spectrum of issues and concerns.  These include but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, sex and intimacy, career counseling, health, nutrition, family systems, aging, grief and loss.


    My approach to counseling has been strongly influenced by the field of positive psychology and solution focused therapy.  Both emphasize the here-and-now and work to address problems and areas of dysfunction, whilst simultaneously identifying strengths and promoting wellness.  The process of change is not always easy, but it doesn't have to be undertaken alone.


    Skyler works out of both the Portland and Newberg locations.

    You can reach Skyler at: Skyler@hopeconnectioncounseling.com

    Phone: (206) 518-9790