Full-time Clinic Intern
Brian Browning is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and a full-time intern at the New Leaf Clinic. Brian graduated from William & Mary with a B.S. in Psychology in 2016. This past spring, he interned with Colonial Community Corrections, walking alongside those in the greater Williamsburg area working through different substance use issues. He is excited to be able to give back to his alma mater by serving at the New Leaf Clinic this year. "I love listening to people's stories: the things that make them laugh, those that make them cry, those that make them unique. This is why I love counseling - because I get to walk alongside people on their journey, listening to their stories as we go." Brian hopes to eventually work hand in hand with college students in improving mental health care on campuses.
Sperandino, M.Ed., NCC
Second Year Master's Interns
Nathaniel Mason is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. "I got into counseling through a myriad of self-discovery, meditative spiritual work, and learning to not always have normative judgments of the world around me. I feel
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First Year Master's Interns
Jenna Dickerson is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Jenna graduated this past May from the University of Virginia, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology and her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Women and Gender Studies. She began interning at the New Leaf clinic in the beginning of her first semester at William & Mary. During her time at the University of Virginia, Jenna became involved with a mentoring program connecting college students with at-risk middle school girls in the Charlottesville area. Through three years and several roles within the program, she began to realize that mental health and substance abuse issues affect everyone, no matter their age, race, gender, or sexuality and knew without a doubt that this is the population she wants to help. Jenna hopes to pursue mental health counseling at the collegiate level while attempting to raise awareness of the addiction issues that often go unaddressed on college campuses.
Lauren Reckling is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Lauren earned her B.S. in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College. Her experience includes working with adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders and providing therapy for children with developmental disabilities. She is excited to work with William & Mary students and providing a safe, therapeutic environment for them.
Mariah Sinden is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Mariah's interest in human behavior and thought was first sparked through her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia. Over the past couple years she has experienced immense self-discovery and personal growth by dedicating herself to yoga practice, exploring mindfulness practices, and confronting her own substance issues in therapy, and she is eager to offer insights and guidance to others through counseling so they too can find empowerment to change. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, Mariah has found deep fulfillment guiding others down a path to better physical and mental well-being, and she hopes to continue in that pursuit by integrating yogic and meditative practices with mental health counseling in the form of yoga therapy.