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Mikaela Hoffman, Intern


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Student Member- The American Counseling Assocation


Thank you for taking the time to read more about me and the clinical services I offer. My name is Mikaela, and I am a Mental Health Counseling Intern completing my final clinical requirements before graduating. Across my educational journey, I have gained professional experience as a crisis worker and as a crisis helpline counselor for the 988 National Suicide Hotline. My academic and professional journey has been shaped by a profound commitment to positively impacting the lives of those facing emotional challenges.

Focus Areas

Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bullying, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Women's Issues, Trauma, and more.

My Approach

In my work as a counseling intern, I am guided by a person-centered approach that places you, the client, at the forefront of our therapeutic journey. I believe in the inherent strength within each individual and the transformative power of a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a safe and empathetic space where you feel heard, understood, and empowered to explore the depths of your thoughts and emotions. The person-centered approach forms the foundation of our work together. This means that I prioritize your unique experiences, values, and perspectives, recognizing that you are the expert in your own life. Through active listening and genuine empathy, I aim to foster a collaborative and trusting environment where we can work together to identify and navigate the challenges you may be facing.

In addition to the person-centered framework, I integrate techniques from various therapeutic modalities to tailor our sessions to your specific needs and goals. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) allows us to explore the connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, facilitating a deeper understanding of patterns that may be impacting your well-being. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques offer practical skills for emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance, empowering you to manage life's complexities more effectively. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) brings a forward-focused perspective to our sessions, emphasizing your strengths and identifying practical solutions to move you towards your desired outcomes. By drawing from a diverse range of therapeutic techniques, I aim to provide a holistic and personalized approach that addresses the multifaceted nature of your experiences.

I am under the direct clinical supervision of Alaina Ellington, LMHC

Insurances Accepted

Heartland Counseling Services, LLC does not charge clients for services rendered by our interns. If you need counseling services and have financial barriers, please reach out to see if you qualify to see one of our interns.

Intern referrals are limited. Referrals are based on client needs and intern focus and training areas.



Mikaela Hoffman, Intern
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