Counseling Interns


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

Daniel Nisthal (he/him)

Daniel Nisthal is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and completing an internship under the supervision of Zita Nickeson M.Ed, LMHC, CST. Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University New Orleans. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, Daniel moved to Spokane to pursue his master’s degree.

Daniel is an integrative counselor who uses a variety of evidence-based techniques and approaches tailored to your specific needs. These approaches include cognitive behavioral (CBT), reality, gestalt, solution-focused, positive psychology, psychoeducation, and person-centered therapies. Daniel provides counseling services to individuals, couples, groups, families, adults and children. The frequency and/or duration of your counseling will depend on your wishes and needs.

As a counselor-in-training, Daniel is able to offer a significantly reduced rate to all potential clients. To book an appointment with Daniel, email him directly at [email protected].

Daniel was born and raised in Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish and English. Daniel enjoys mountain biking, running, watching sports, spending time with his family, and learning about topics related to counseling and psychology.  


Madison McElroy (they/them)

Madison McElroy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Gonzaga University under the supervision of Zita Nickeson, M.Ed., LMHC, CST. Prior to graduate studies at Gonzaga, Madison completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Disability Studies from Eastern Washington University where they were engaged in both clinical psychology and cognitive psychology research labs which focused on memory, compassion, and mindfulness.

Madison works from an explicitly anti-oppression lens with the goal of helping people embody supportive ways of being which are unique to them. Madison enjoys working with the LGBTQIA+ community and those who have experienced religious or spiritual harm and trauma. Madison is aligned with liberation frameworks around body size, disability status, and relationship style such as body positivity and neutrality, disability justice, and polyamory and/or ethical nonmonogamy. In addition to this, Madison enjoys working with students who are looking to become successful in meeting their academic goals.

Madison is committed to creating an open, warm, and non-judgmental environment where people can explore who they are and how they’re interacting with themselves and the world. By utilizing evidence-based methods and models, Madison seeks to provide a safe, collaborative counseling space which fosters the empowerment to grow.

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

Outside of the counseling space, Madison enjoys mindful and intentional living, watching Twitch, and collecting gems and minerals from around the world. They are advocacy-driven and passionate about equitable access to psychoeducation and humble and competent care.


Melissa Roloff (she/her)

Melissa Roloff is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. A native to Spokane, Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University. After graduating, she moved from working as a Behavioral Rehabilitation Case Manager for foster youth to working for the State of Washington Children, Youth, and Family Services providing assistance for at-risk families in Spokane.

Melissa enjoys working with individuals, couples, and adolescents. She has a specific interest in sex therapy and body positivity. Melissa is passionate about offering a safe, judgment-free space that will allow for connection and growth.

To connect with Melissa you can email her at [email protected]gmail.com.

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