Learn about internships at One Eighty Counseling

Director of Internships

Michael Garner MA, LMFT, DCC, LPC


Director of Clinical Operations
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Michael Garner, Director of Internships 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



Jessica is currently seeing clients at 180 as an intern while completing her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Jessica earned an associate degree in Humanities and a bachelor’s degree in Photography from the University at Buffalo. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, Jessica realized her passion for working with and helping others and entered the health field where she assisted clients as an administrator and insurance verification specialist. Through her own healing process in grief counseling, Jessica discovered she had become passionate about walking alongside others on their paths to healing.

Jessica believes that we are all individuals with unique experiences, therefore, utilizes various counseling theories in an effort to impart the most beneficial skills and treatment objectives for each client’s individual needs. Her counseling theories and interventions is drawn from Humanistic, Systemic, Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies. She also focuses on creating a non-judgmental space for all clients where they will feel safe and supported as they maneuver through their healing and growth journey.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She also likes to engage in her creative outlets which include designing and making jewelry and photography in nature.

Additionally, Jessica appreciates the significance that a vibrant healthy life includes one’s physical, mental, and spiritual wellness as well. Therefore, she can offer a Christian perspective to those who wish to integrate faith and spirituality into their healing journey.

Internships at One Eighty Counseling

For inquiries into internship opportunities, please Director of Internships Michael Garner.

Michael Garner


919-772-1990 Ext. 225

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