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Full-time Faculty

Counseling Faculty - Full-Time Faculty

Heather Barto, Ph.D., LPC
Heather Barto, Ph.D., LPC

Licensed School Counselor

Heather Barto, Ph.D., LPC

Licensed School Counselor

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Heather Barto completed her Ph.D. in counselor education at Virginia Tech.  She completed her master'€™s degree in school guidance and counseling and an advanced certificate in counseling at-risk youth at Johns Hopkins University. 

She has worked as a licensed school counselor in traditional and alternative school settings in both Virginia and Maryland concentrating on her work with at-risk middle school students.  She has also worked as a licensed professional counselor in a community mental health clinic providing individual and group counseling for children and adolescents with severe food allergies. Professional research and counseling interests include school counseling, the career development of adolescent mothers and the emotional health of children/adolescents with food allergies.

Lynn Bohecker, Ph.D., LMFT
Lynn Bohecker, Ph.D., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Lynn Bohecker, Ph.D., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Lynn Bohecker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Supervisor (Idaho) who earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and counseling from Idaho State University, a M.S. in marriage and family therapy from California State University Sacramento and a B.S. in psychology and biology from University of Wisconsin Stout. She has been an adjunct professor for Northwest Nazarene University, is a postdoctoral fellow at Idaho State University Center for Health Research and a 2015 CACREP CRIGS research fellow.

Dr. Bohecker has provided counseling and supervision services for a community mental health agency and worked in a clinical family practice providing individual, couple, family, and group counseling and custody evaluations for the family court system. Professional research interests include spirituality, group work, and emotional health of families with medically fragile children.

Lynn will be joining the Graduate Counseling department in the Fall of 2015 on a full-time basis.

Leah Clarke, Ph.D., NCC, LPC
Leah Clarke, Ph.D., NCC, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Leah Clarke, Ph.D., NCC, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Dr. Leah Clarke is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Her undergraduate work was done at The College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Dr. Clarke'€™s clinical experience includes work in a college counseling center, family services agency and an inpatient psychiatric unit. Her research focuses on diversity and gender issues in substance abuse treatment, family therapy with hospitalized clients, and refugee mental health and adjustment.

Crystal Burwell Gatling, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Crystal Burwell Gatling, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Crystal Burwell Gatling, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Dr. Crystal Gatling is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and M.S. from North Carolina Central University in counseling and counselor education. Her undergraduate work was done at Gardner-Webb University. Dr. Gatling was among the first group of NBCC MFP fellows, honoring excellence in counseling diversity issues.  

Dr. Gatling's clinical experience includes work in a college counseling center, substance abuse service agency, residential mental health agency, and private practice setting. Her research focuses on diversity and gender issues in eating disorder treatment. Crystal will be joining the Graduate Counseling department in the Fall of 2015 on a full-time basis.

Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.
Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.
Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.
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Stanley Hoover earned his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Mercer University.  He received his master's degree in professional counseling from Richmont Graduate University and his bachelor's degree from Taylor University, where he studied psychology and biblical literature.

Dr. Hoover has clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in both community mental health and private practice settings.  As a clinician, he specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety as well as trauma and stress-related disorders.  Dr. Hoover is also interested in the relationship between religion, spirituality and mental health, especially religious coping in response to trauma.  Stan will be joining the Graduate Counseling department in the Fall of 2015 on a full-time basis. 

Michael S. Jones, Ed.S., LPC-S, NCC, DCC
Michael S. Jones, Ed.S., LPC-S, NCC, DCC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Distance Credentialed Counselor

Michael S. Jones, Ed.S., LPC-S, NCC, DCC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Distance Credentialed Counselor

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Michael Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Distance Credentialed Counselor in the state of Arkansas.  He is a current doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Regent University.  He also received his M.A. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  His work experience includes more than twelve years of experience in mental health and pastoral counseling.  He frequently presents on a variety of topics on the national, regional, and state level.  In addition to this, he maintains a private practice providing distance counseling and continuing education for mental health professionals. 

Mr. Jones' professional research and counseling interests include distance counseling/supervision, ethics, and multicultural issues.  Michael will be joining the Graduate Counseling department in the Fall of 2015 on a full-time basis.

Carol McGinnis, Ph.D, LCPC, NCC
Carol McGinnis, Ph.D, LCPC, NCC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Carol McGinnis, Ph.D, LCPC, NCC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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Dr. McGinnis is currently the Clinical Mental Health Track Coordinator with oversight of field experiences found in that discipline and associated coursework.  She practices as a Pastoral Counselor which means that she incorporates psychology and religion/spirituality equally in the counseling relationship with an emphasis that prioritizes the orientation of the client.  Her credentials include a B.A. in psychology with a minor in theology, an M.A. in counseling psychology, and a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland.  In addition to these traditional degrees, Dr. McGinnis holds a M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).  

Dr. McGinnis is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Supervisor in the State of Maryland. Her clinical work experience has included time with the Baltimore County Police Counseling Team working with teens and families, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center working with elderly patients, and mobile/clinic work with the Main Street Community Mental Health Center in Reisterstown Maryland working with disabled individuals, children in schools, and a wide variety of ages and diagnoses.

Research interests include anger as a positive and productive emotion and online XBOX videogaming as a viable resource for distance counseling.  Clinic work related to these topics is provided by Dr. McGinnis in her role as Director of the AWI Counseling Center at Fairview United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Maryland.

Deedre Mitchell, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Deedre Mitchell, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor

Deedre Mitchell, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor

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Dr. Deedre Mitchell is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University and her M.Ed. in School Counseling at Loyola University in Maryland.  Dr. Mitchell's work experience includes almost ten years as a school counselor in various school settings and school counseling program consultation.  In addition to this, she has worked in private practice, providing individual and group counseling to various age groups. 

Dr. Mitchell's professional research and counseling interests include the ASCA National Model, as well as self-efficacy and the supervision of school counselors.

Kristin Mouttet, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC
Kristin Mouttet, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kristin Mouttet, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Dr. Mouttet is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Virginia) and Licensed Professional Counselor (District of Columbia) who earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Regent University, a M.S. in marriage and family therapy, and community counseling from John Brown University, and a B.A in communication from Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Mouttet worked for six years with university students in various capacities, two years as counselor in the counseling center. Dr. Mouttet also worked for nearly three years with children and families providing in-home family therapy through a community mental health agency.

Dr. Mouttet has taught both face-to-face and online graduate courses at Regent University (2007, 2008) and Messiah College (2010). She also works in a private practice group, Cornerstone Family Counseling, where she sees client issues such as premarital, marital, family, women's issues, children and adolescents. Research interests include: forgiveness, sexuality, marital supervision.