Lee Carlson Center provides exceptional and affordable mental health services for families, children, youth, and adults in our community.



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Clinical Interns

We offer internship & practicum opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience working in the mental health field. Interns may assist staff and/or provide direct service with supervision. Experience is available to qualified interns in a variety of settings such as schools, our domestic abuse program and our adult drop-in center (Bridgeview). The agency programs run year-round and internship opportunities can range from six months to over a year.

To learn more contact kanderson@leecarlsoncenter.org

Meet our 2015 interns

LaurEl Hiller


LaurEl facilitates support groups and provides individual counseling for students in the Centennial and Columbia Heights school districts.  She enjoys working with children and uses play therapy and CBT to help aid children's social and emotional learning.

LaurEl also works with children, adolesents, and parents in our Domestic Abuse Program.

Favorite Quote:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Matthew Thompson


Matthew conducts groups at Centennial High School as part of the School-Linked Mental Health Services Program and provides Peer Support Group facilitation at Columbia Heights High School.

Favorite Quote:

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

~Douglas Adams


Ariel Pavelka


Ariel facilitates peer support groups at Fridley and Columbia Heights High Schools and works with youth at Centennial Elementary school.  Ariel will also be co-facilitating groups at Bridgeview, our drop-in center for adults living with serious and persistent mental illness and at our Domestic Abuse program.  She'll also gain valuable experience working with therapists at our Fridley clinic.

Favorite Quote:

Just show up.  Be brave.  Be kind.  Try again.

~Glennon Melton Doyle