"Because you are alive, everything is possible." -Thich Nhat Hanh


I have began working with Hood College and graduate students working toward their Master degree in counseling.  Below is the most current intern.  When working with students, please be aware that they are time-limited at the practice, but plans will be made to continue counseling after their internship ends if needed.

Elsie Weinstein


Elsie Weinstein, current intern with Michael Southers, M.S., LCPC

I am a counseling intern with Michael Southers, M.S., LCPC, in Frederick, Maryland.  I have many years of volunteer experience working with adults in bereavement and life transitions, teens with psychoeducation and children working through their grief process.  I also have conducted group therapy for women confronted with the diagnosis of breast cancer.

I earned my Master of Arts degree in Thanatology from Hood College in 2013 and am currently working toward my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling also from Hood College.  I have conducted grief seminars for students at Hood and was a co-founder and facilitator for the Death Cafe® in Frederick, Maryland.   As a co-facilitator for Resident Associates at Hood, we presented signs on how to spot grief behavior in students.  Most recently I have spent time speaking with Veterans diagnosed with PTSD resulting in substance abuse, housed at an in-patient residential treatment center, on their journey towards a sustainable life.

I describe my counseling style as aiming to provide a safe, caring and nonjudgmental environment for people.  I believe in the core internal strength of each individual which can blossom and grow with guidance and support.  I embrace and welcome people of all ages, from all walks of life.