Counseling Interns


As a Washington, Idaho & Colorado State Approved Supervisor, Zita trains graduate-level students in becoming capable, sex positive counselors. You are able to see Zita's interns as your counselor for only $25.00 per session. Zita's current interns are:

Spencer Davidson


Spencer Davidson (he/they)

Spencer is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Whitworth University under the supervision of Zita Nickeson, M.Ed., LMHC, LCPC, CST. Spencer also received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Whitworth University where he served as the lead student success coach and worked on research teams that focused on career counseling and groundbreaking therapist training models.

Spencer approaches therapy from a systemic and experiential lens, leaning into the partnership between self and body. He comes alongside his clients with compassion, curiosity, and non-judgement with the goal of helping them work towards embodiment and self-discovery. Spencer is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ clients and has a particular interest in working with clients who have experienced religious or spiritual trauma. Spencer also works with clients who desire to re-partner with their own body, working from frameworks of body and fat positivity, disability advocacy, anti-dieting, and sex positivity (including kink and non- monogamy). Additionally, Spencer enjoys working with clients in emotionally committed relationships who want to develop more meaningful connections.

With Spencer, you can expect an accepting, warm and empowering counseling experience. Whatever your hopes are for therapy, Spencer will meet you exactly where you are and walk with you towards your goals using a variety of evidence-based practices.
As a studying clinician, Spencer is able to offer reduced rate counseling to individuals. To schedule an appointment, please email him at [email protected]

Brianna Winn

Brianna Winn (She/Her)

Brianna is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Washington University underthe supervision of Zita Nickeson, Ph.D., LMHC, LCPC, CST. Brianna received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State University where she graduated with honors and was also a Research Assistant working in WSU’s Memory, Concentration and Attention Lab.

Brianna approaches therapy through an eclectic lens. She uses a variety of evidence-based techniques such as CBT, Adlerian, Person-Centered Therapy, and Psychoeducation.  Her eclectic style is representative of her commitment to adaptation of techniques for a more individualized experience for her clients. Brianna is passionate about working with members and families within the LGBTQIA+ community, kink identified individuals, and those who have experienced the consequences of “Purity Culture”. Brianna also works with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life stressors and low self-esteem.  She enjoys working with both individuals and those in relationships.  Through your therapeutic journey, Brianna will create a safe, judgement-free space that allows you to be your most authentic self.  Brianna will work collaboratively with you to design and accomplish goals, while also challenging and encouraging you in every step.  As a counseling intern, Brianna is able to offer services at a reduced rate to individuals and couples. To schedule an appointment, please email her at [email protected]

Lila

Lila Carthens (She/Her)

Lila Carthens is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and completing an internship under the supervision of Zita Nickeson, Ph.D, LMHC, LCPC, CST. Lila received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University where she worked on research teams designed to study sexual satisfaction in couples as well as perspectives of casual sex, or friends with benefits. 

Lila integrates approaches and techniques based in attachment theory, compassion focused therapy (CFT), Adlerian therapy, person-centered approaches, and psychoeducation. She is passionate about providing a sex positive environment for clients to work on goals related to a variety of sexual, relationship and gender concerns and diversities.  She is also Kink Affirming.  Lila provides counseling services to individuals, couples, groups, adults and adolescents. The frequency and/or duration of your counseling will depend on your goals and preferences. 

As a studying clinician, Lila is able to offer reduced rate counseling to individuals. To schedule an appointment, please email her at [email protected].

Malory

Malory Lund (She/Her)

Malory is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Washington University under the supervision of Zita Nickeson, Ph.D., LMHC, LCPC, CST. Malory earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management from the University of Washington. After graduating, she worked in Forest Management where her love for connecting with and supporting coworkers through life challenges prompted her pursuit of and passion for counseling. 

Malory works with adult individuals, couples, and non-traditional couples. She is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ persons, the Kink/BDSM community, and has special interest working within the sex therapy field. She is familiar with adult industry dynamics and is particularly versed in SD/SB relationships. Working primarily from an Existential therapeutic orientation, Malory approaches counseling from a relational, client-centered perspective. She wholeheartedly believes you are the expert of your story, and will listen without judgment, show sincere empathy, look for and validate strengths, collaboratively problem solve, and even share some humor along the way. 

In session with Malory, you will be met with respect, acceptance, warmth, and compassion. She believes we grow when we are genuinely met and seen by a fellow person for who we uniquely are. As a studying clinician, Malory is able to offer a significantly reduced counseling rate. To schedule an appointment with Malory, please email her directly at [email protected].

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