New Leaf Clinic Interns

Doctoral Interns
Adrienne Backer

Adrienne Backer is a second-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at William & Mary. She is grateful to have the opportunity to complete her Doctoral Practicum working as a counselor for New Leaf. She has eight years of experience as a professional school counselor, as well as having served as a clinical site supervisor for school counseling practicum and intern students. She has served as a clinical university supervisor for William & Mary master’s students. In addition, she has taught Practicum in School Counseling and is excited to teach the Clinical Faculty Training Course for William & Mary clinical school counseling site supervisors. When Adrienne is not immersed in her own coursework, she is actively involved at the School of Education at William & Mary and in various pursuits of service and advocacy. She is a counselor for the New Horizons Family Counseling Center’s Youth and Family Groups, which provides her with opportunities to continue working with adolescents and to receive ongoing supervision. She is currently the Doctoral Liaison for the Omega Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, as well as a member of the ACA Graduate Student Committee. Her research interests include school counseling, school counselors’ roles in school-based trauma informed care, school counseling supervision, supervisor competence, and ethical decision-making. Additionally, she is engaged in a research team focusing on various topics within the field of school counseling. In her free time, Adrienne enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring state and national parks, traveling, and eating all kinds of food.

Second Year Master's Interns
Michael Noel

Michael Noel is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Michael graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University. Since graduating, he has worked as a Behavioral Support Clinician, working with children diagnosed with autism. However, he believes that his philosophy is more directly influenced from his time as an undergraduate student, where he was a part of two research teams; one examining purpose in life, and another delving into the effects of illicit substances. "It is my firm belief, that the best application of these experiences is to apply them equally to the field of substance abuse counseling."

Deborah Park

Deborah G. Park is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Deborah earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature & Culture from Yonsei University. She is excited to work with clients at the New Leaf Clinic. She hopes to walk alongside her clients on their journey to inner peace and well-being.

Armahn Rassuli

Armahn is a second-year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Armahn received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech where he studied psychology and political science. He has a broad interest in areas relating to substance abuse, anxiety, and trauma. He hopes to help clients at New Leaf by incorporating elements of mindfulness in his work with them.  

First Year Master's Interns
Paige Goodloe

Paige Goodloe is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Paige graduated from New York University in 2013 with a BFA in Drama. Most recently, Paige worked at Region Ten's Women's Center at Moores Creek, a women-only residential substance use treatment program, where she formed a deep respect and admiration for those striving for recovery. Her time there inspired her to pursue counseling at the graduate level in order to be more involved in the treatment process and challenge stigmas surrounding addiction. Paige plans to work in community mental health after graduation and is particularly passionate about helping women struggling with substance use. 

Hillary Reed

Hillary Reed is a first year Master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Hillary graduated from the illustrious Howard University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. While at Howard University she was a research assistant on two research teams: Writing and Sleep for Healing (WSH) and the Suvorexant and Trauma-Related Insomnia (SUVO) study. Her primary interests are soldiers with PTSD and how addiction plays a role in the coping mechanisms of soldiers. Post-masters Hillary hopes to further her education and get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on military personnel. Her end goal is to decrease the amount of suicides within the military population.

Briana Sinden

Briana is a first year Master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. She graduated from William & Mary in 2017 and spent her intermittent time since then working in Charlottesville at an adult group day support at the Virginia Institute of Autism. During her time in undergrad, her peers shared many perspectives and experiences that she was previously unaware of. Because of this, she developed an interest in advocacy and holding space for others. She is passionate about incorporating an inclusive multicultural approach to her counseling to provide support for individuals who endure marginalization due to their identity. Her personal experience with the intersection of family dynamics and substance dependence drove Briana to join the Addictions track for her Master’s and she sees substance use as a ubiquitous and influential aspect of most folks’ lives. She is excited to develop her counseling skills as they pertain to substance use and addiction through her work in the New Leaf Clinic.

Chuqiu Wu

Chuqiu Wu is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Chuqiu earned her B.S. in Public Health Education/Health Promotion from Central Michigan University. She is excited to join the New Leaf Clinic and looking forward to working with clients.

Conor Yeomans

Conor Yeomans is a first year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in both Sociology and Political Science. His personal and professional experiences have inspired him to further his education in order to be able to better serve those struggling with substance use disorders. In addition to this position, he also works as the Men's Home Director for Youth Challenge, a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.