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Counseling Collective Educational Program 

As part of the Mission of Brightside Therapy Collective, we want to bring not only education and counseling services to the greater community, but to those in our profession as well. We have launched (Fall 2022) the Counseling Collective Educational Program. 

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Students from local universities pursuing Master's level work in counseling and social work fields will be able to work with clients at the practice. This allows a learning environment for the student interns as well as more opportunities for affordable and reduced counseling for our clients. Students are under the supervision of Monica Matuska , LMFT


Student Intern Supervisor

Monica Matuska , LMFT 
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Nicole Freire, Student Intern

I am a graduate of the University of New Orleans where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I am currently a master’s candidate at the University of the Cumberlands in the Clinical Mental Health program. I believe that if we are given the tools to address life situations such as change, emotional exhaustion, loss, and strained relationships that growth can occur instead of feeling stuck or stressed. I hope to empower individuals to reach their goals by fully using their strengths and resources in meaningful ways. 


As a counselor, I want to learn your story and work alongside you to achieve positive change. I can help you explore internal strengths and resourcefulness so you can move through life’s struggles with more ease. My approach to therapy is from a humanistic perspective in which I believe that we have all we need within ourselves to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We can reach our goals when barriers to problem-solving resources are removed. Using person-centered therapy, I will work alongside you to help identify these barriers and discover resources needed to problem-solve.

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