Learn about internships at One Eighty Counseling

Director of Internships & Clinical Development

Michael Garner MA, LMFT, DCC, LPC


Director of Internships & Clinical Development
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Michael Garner, Director of Internships & Clinical Development at One80 Counseling, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Qualified Supervisor for the NC Board of LCMHC and Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Michael knew shortly after becoming licensed himself that he wanted to give back to this field and began taking on intern students shortly after becoming fully licensed in 2016.

Michael has a passion for teaching and helping intern and practicum students connect the reality of the academic classroom and the art of therapy in the office. As Director of Internships, Michael works with prominent local and online universities to recruit the top candidates each semester. One80’s internship program has become one of the most highly competitive and sought-after internship programs in our area by such universities as NC State, UNC Chapel-Hill and Wake Forest University.

At the time of a graduate student’s internship start date they have completed most of their required courses and are now adding practical experience to their resume. Graduate student interns are required to fulfil 600 direct clinical hours under the supervision of a licensed clinical therapist as part of their graduate training. Upon graduation, these students not only have a full master’s degree education, but have also built a solid reputation in working with a variety of clients with many different types of mental health issues. Through these internships the graduates know and refine their areas of expertise, know what to expect in the field, know how to handle a multitude of legal and ethical issues, and can become highly valuable associate level licensures in this profession.

Michael creates a collaborative environment for these students to learn hands-on training while implementing what they were taught in the classroom. Michael meets with the interns each week as well as works closely alongside their individual Site Supervisors to be sure every student and client gets all the support they need. This Internship Program accepts Master level MSW, LCMHC, and MFT students. For further inquiries into our internships programming please reach out to

Intern Team

Briana Dicks

Briana Dicks

Briana is meeting new clients as a counselor in training while completing her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Prior to attending graduate school, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She believes that mental health counseling should be firmly rooted in creating a safe, non-judgmental space where you can openly explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. With a person-centered, empirically based approach, you will work together to set goals and explore the resources and supports available. Briana has had the privilege of working with diverse groups of individuals facing wide-ranging issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis, interpersonal struggles, families, stress management, communication skills, and identity exploration.

Briana found the mental health field early in her own life journey by attending counseling and learning from others. This, along with becoming a mother inspired her to enter the mental health field. Briana has a natural ability to understand, empathize, and build rapport in an emotionally safe and supportive environment. She is also an advocate for the destigmatization of mental health care and is committed to helping foster change, improving access to mental/behavioral health treatment for all, and reducing marginalization in our communities. She deeply values rest and in her free time can usually be found napping, befriending cats, thrifting while listening to a podcast, or cozy under a heated blanket reading a psychological thriller.

Julia Hageman

Julia Hageman

Julia is a counselor-in-training while pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Back in the day Julia received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Hanover College but has spent the past 25 years raising her 5 children and mentoring college-age men and women in Asia, Indiana, and North Carolina. Julia is a midwestern girl at heart who has extensive training and experience in crossing cultures and deeply values others’ perspectives on the world. She is naturally curious, compassionate, and creative and desires to use these gifts to bring hope and healing to those who cross her path.

Julia works with clients from a client-centered, trauma-informed lens that is enlightened by recent research in affective neurobiology. Over the past year, Julia has worked on her own story with a trained Internal Family Systems therapist and desires to utilize IFS and mindfulness techniques with the clients she counsels because they have been helpful in her own healing journey. Julia is known for creating a safe, non-judgmental, empathic space for clients to literally “let their guard down” and begin the healing journey.

Julia is passionate about her faith but does not impose her beliefs or values onto others. She is willing to integrate psychological theory with the Christian worldview only upon request. If you have another faith background, she is also willing to help you incorporate your values and beliefs in sessions as she believes in addressing the whole person, biologically, psychologically, socially and spiritually for optimal growth.

In her free time, you can find Julia at her local gym caring for her own mental health through group fitness classes such as Body Pump or Yoga. You can also find her out on a date with her husband at anything but a chain restaurant or meeting up at a coffee shop to connect with friends. She loves hosting her kids and all their friends around her kitchen island and making her home a more beautiful and inviting space.

Trinity Perini

Trinity Perini

Trinity will be able to meet clients as an intern while pursuing a Masters of Social Work at North Carolina State University. Prior to graduate school, she attended Clemson University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as minors in Sociology and Youth Development Studies. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate experience, Trinity has explored several roles related to the field of social work and psychology, including strategic mentor, case manager, and behavior technician within ABA services.

Trinity believes in honoring our shared humanity through therapy, as it is a space where clients are entitled to a trusting relationship grounded in compassion, authenticity, and patience. Trinity applies a multidisciplinary and integrative approach, incorporating evidence-based practices such as DBT, CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness-Based Therapies to help guide clients toward personalized goals. Trinity is intentional about bringing a holistic perspective, prioritizing the exploration of the mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the client. She is passionate about working with clients in late adolescence and early adulthood, with a special focus on supporting women.

In her free time, Trinity can most likely be found outside playing with her German Shepherd. She enjoys cooking for friends and family (and pup!), exercising, reading/podcasting, and identifying birds and other wildlife that frequent her yard!

Abigail Sigsworth

Abigail Sigsworth

Abigail is a counseling intern at 180 while completing her Master’s in Clinical Counseling and Addictions at East Carolina University. Prior to pursuing her master’s, Abigail earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance from High Point University.

Abigail believes that everyone’s story is important. She seeks to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where individuals are encouraged to talk openly about their lives. She believes in the power of therapy and utilizes a Person-Centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques. Abigail works with a variety of individuals including those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, substance use, and relationship concerns. Safe space for the LGBTQIA+ population.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys painting, dancing, photography, and spending time with her two cats!



Denise is a counselor in training. She received her Bachelor’s degree in business management from Rutgers University, her M.Ed in educational supervision from Saint Peter’s University and is currently pursuing her second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral/National University. Denise’s broad background in both private and public sectors has afforded her the opportunity to work with diverse populations from various backgrounds and experiences. As a result of her extensive work in the school system, she began exploring systemic connections in family functioning and its influence on relational dynamics. Denise believes that strong family relationships create a foundation for developing healthy individuals and communities. She uses a systemic approach to assist clients in reaching therapeutic goals and creates a warm and inviting space where clients can be authentic as they venture on their journey to self-discovery, healing, and wholeness. Using an integrative therapeutic approach of research-based interventions and theories, Denise focuses on creating desired change, building positive relationships, and promoting healthy mental and emotional wellbeing for individuals, couples, and families.

Denise loves hanging out with her daughter and husband of 30 years. She also enjoys traveling and spending time in natural environments where she can unwind and tap into her inner being and spirituality. Denise is guided by her faith and embraces a holistic approach to mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Therefore, she encourages incorporating one’s faith into the therapeutic process and can provide a Christian perspective to anyone desiring to integrate a faith-based approach to therapy

Lizzie Yates

Lizzie Yates

Lizzie is a counselor in training, earning her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at St. Bonaventure University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the same university in December 2020. Early on Lizzie identified her passion for helping others which pushed her to pursue a career in counseling.

Each client comes to counseling with unique experiences and needs. Lizzie believes that providing an open, safe, and accepting space for clients to openly express themselves during this process is key. She works with clients using a combination of Person-Centered, Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness approaches and interventions to best help her clients through their own journeys. Lizzie has experience working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, time management, relationship struggles, emotional expression, anger, past relationship trauma, and periods of adjustment.

In her free time, Lizzie enjoys reading, baking, playing with her dog Zoey, and snuggling with her cat Miles while watching Gilmore Girls.

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Internship at One Eighty Counseling

For inquiries into internship opportunities, please contact Director of Internships & Clinical Development Michael Garner.


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