Meet the Interns
Antoinette Elion is a Graduate-Level Social Work Intern that is currently pursing her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare at Aurora University. She has over 6 years of experience working with youth of all ages in a variety of settings including education, corrections, nonprofit and social services. She also works as a Family-Based Safety Service Caseworker for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She has certificates in Trauma and Loss Reminders and Trauma and Development that she obtained from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is very charismatic with an expertise in active listening. Her ideal counseling style is transparent and empathetic, and she likes to approach each child and their family with an open-heart and sound mind. She believes that each client’s experience is distinct and should be valued and approached in the best way that accommodates them. Trauma-informed care is very important to her because it allows her to provide the most effective assessment, engagement, and treatment for the client.
On the roller coaster of life, it helps to have an empathetic listener that will offer encouragement and support as you navigate the twists and turns of life and provide tools to help you cope with fear, anxiety, and any obstacles that threaten to derail you along the way. Erica Kelm is a certified Professional School Counselor and has worked in public education for 20 years as an ESL teacher, Elementary School Counselor, and Middle School Counselor. She currently attends Midwestern State University and is in the internship phase of working towards a master’s degree in Clinical and Mental Health and her LPC-Associate credentials. When counseling clients, she prioritizes a warm, genuine, and caring therapeutic relationship and regards the client as the expert in their life. Based on the client’s needs and personal goals, she will tailor a treatment plan utilizing a variety of therapeutic counseling skills and techniques.