The leadership and faculty of Southern New Hampshire University’s online master’s in counseling program bring years of real-world experience to students seeking to become clinical mental health counselors. They have designed our program to provide intensive clinical skills training within an innovative online format. Our instructors back up their counseling experience with the professional credentials needed to help you succeed in the field.
Dr. Marc Wilson received an MA in Counseling and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.
He has extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, college and university counseling centers, and state and private psychiatric hospitals, treating a range of clinical populations, specializing in teen and adult survivors of sexual trauma and clients with eating disorders.
He has been an educator for over 30 years, serving in a variety of roles including professor, director of counseling, department chair and academic dean. He twice served as the chair of New England Region of the Association for Continuing Higher Education. His interests include adult student retention, student advising, curriculum and student learning outcomes assessment, regional accreditation, and faculty development and appraisal. He has given workshops, invited addresses and keynote presentations on a variety of topics at regional and national academic conferences throughout the country.
Dr. Earl Grey earned an MA in Community Counseling from West Virginia University and a PhD in Counseling Studies from Capella University. He is a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, an approved clinical supervisor, a certified clinical mental health counselor, a certified sexual assault counselor, a certified EMDR therapist, and an EMDR-approved consultant and trainer.
As a clinician, Grey has expertise with children, adults, couples and families facing depression, PTSD, LGBTQIA development and HIV management concerns. He is a nationally recognized expert in EMDR therapy.
Grey has been working as an educator for two decades. He has educated students in preschool through graduate school in a variety of educational settings. He has extensive teaching experience across the counseling curriculum including practicum and internship coordination and supervision. Grey has given numerous professional presentations and published extensively in the counseling field. He served as a regional coordinator for the EMDR International Association and as a research board member for the Association of Creative Counseling. He currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. His research interests include couples counseling and family issues, neuroscience, LGBTQIA, cultural humility, treatment efficacy and quality assurance.
Dr. Franc Hudspeth received an MEd in Community Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from the University of Mississippi. He is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a registered play therapist supervisor and a nationally approved clinical supervisor. He is also a registered pharmacist.
His clinical experience includes treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, specializing in the treatment of children utilizing a variety of play therapy techniques including sand-tray therapy.
Hudspeth has been an educator for 15 years, serving as a faculty member and department chair and has extensive teaching experience across the counseling curriculum. Hudspeth is the editor of the International Journal of Play Therapy and an editorial board member for the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health and The Professional Counselor. He serves on the board of directors for the Association for Creativity in Counseling and the Association for Play Therapy's Foundation. His writing and research interests include neuroscience influences on counseling, the relationship between social empathy and social justice attitudes. He also frequently presents on and writes about psychopharmacology and distance counseling supervision.
Dr. Metoka L. Welch received an MA in Community Counseling from Wake Forest University and a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Welch is Licensed as a Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina, is a National Certified Counselor, and has been working in the field for over a decade.
Whether as a clinician, a faculty person, or an administrator, Welch's passion is Counselor Education. Throughout her career, Welch has worked in diverse clinical and academic settings that promote collaboration and collegiality. As a clinician, she has worked with victims of sexual abuse and trauma, intensive in-home families, at-risk adolescents in a group home, children in foster care, adults in outpatient therapy, college students, couples, victims of substance abuse, and victims of interpersonal violence. She integrates a variety of treatment modalities to (1) meet people where they are as they are and (2) journey with people as they become.
Welch also has experience providing departmental management and has been instrumental in obtaining and maintaining programmatic accreditation throughout the helping professions. Her interests include spirituality in counseling, the integration of fitness, wellness, and behavior therapy, programmatic accreditation, and program outcomes.
Dr. Shanice Armstrong received her EdS in Counseling Psychology and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. Armstrong's clinical experiences include working with at-risk youth populations, higher education administration and intensive inpatient and outpatient settings.
As a counselor, counselor educator and advocate, Armstrong fervently believes in counseling as one of the most powerful tools to help transform the lives of others. Her scholarly activities are focused on reducing the stigma and barriers to counseling through a relational cultural lens.
Dr. Victoria Austin received an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an EdD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Marymount University. She is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor and a nationally approved clinical supervisor.
Her clinical experience includes working in various settings from domestic violence programs and community mental health to private practice, federal agencies and military installations. She has worked with young adults, adults, couples and active duty military members and their families.
Austin has worked as a counselor educator for over 3 years serving as an adjunct faculty member in traditional and online settings. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, serving as a proposal reviewer. Her writing and research interests include experiences of military families, body image, young African-American women and body image, grief and loss and trauma.
Dr. Valerie Balog received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Virginia, her MEd in Community Counseling from Winthrop University and her BS in Social Work from California University of Pennsylvania. Balog is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) in the state of North Carolina. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
Balog has 13 years of counselor education and supervision experience. She previously served as the Master’ s Program Director and Co-Director of Clinical Placements at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Balog’s clinical experience has focused on: loss and grief, terminal and chronic illness, working with older adults, managing life transitions and crisis counseling. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES).
Dr. Esther Benoit received her MEd in marriage, couples, and family counseling and PhD in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has worked as a family, couples, and individual counselor in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area since 2005. As a nationally certified counselor and licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia, she continues to work with at-risk youth and their parents through a grant-based prevention program in both group and family counseling settings.
Benoit has worked in counselor education since 2010 as a faculty member and assessment coordinator. She is an editorial board member of The Family Journal and The Virginia Counselors Journal. Benoit's research and clinical interests include moral development, military families, and counselor education and supervision.
Benoit remains actively involved in identifying and supporting the needs of families and individuals in the greater Hampton Roads community, including work with homeless women and their children.
Dr. Kristi Cannon received an MA in Community Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from St. Mary's University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. Her clinical experience includes work with a variety of populations, with particular focus on women's issues, adolescent issues, and neurofeedback for the treatment of mood disorders.
Cannon has been a counselor educator since 2008, serving as a faculty member at the masters and doctoral levels as well as holding administrative roles as the director of field experience and director of assessment and accreditation.
Cannon regularly presents research at the state and national levels and publishes scholarly writings for professional counseling journals and textbooks. She serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Humanistic Counseling and the Journal for Creativity in Mental Health. Her research interests include counselor development, Relational-Cultural Theory, and assessment practices in higher education.
Dr. Damion Cummins has an MEd in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. Cummins is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor, licensed marriage and family therapist and a national certified counselor.
Cummins has over 14 years of clinical experience with nonprofit, university, outpatient, substance abuse, inpatient and private practice clinics. Cummins has extensive experience treating children, the chronic mentally ill, families, couples, sexually abused, veterans and individuals with addiction, anger issues, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. He has over 10 years of supervisory and leadership experience.
Cummins has more than seven years of experience in teaching, and he has designed and taught a variety of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses at the master's and doctoral levels. As a clinical director, Cummins successfully led the development and implementation of training sites and ongoing coordination of graduate student internships. He keeps active in advising students, research, participating on dissertation committees, presenting on numerous state, regional and national clinical topics, and he has a strong emphasis on service to the university and surrounding community.
Dr. Christian J. Dean received an MEd in Human Services Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of New Orleans. He is licensed as a professional counselor/board approved supervisor (LPC-S) and as a marriage and family therapist/board approved supervisor candidate (LMFT-SC) in Louisiana. He also holds the national certified counselor credential.
Dr. Dean’s clinical practice experience involves working with individuals, couples and families. He is a 21+ year member of the Army National Guard and currently serves as Deputy Commander-Administration for the Louisiana Medical Detachment. He is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. Dean is on the editorial board of the Journal of Military and Government Counseling and the Therapeutic Speakeasy Quarterly.
Dr. Dean participated as a collaborative investigator for the DSM-5 Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice Settings. He has published and presented on numerous topics including military systems and culture, infidelity-related trauma and grieving, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, ethical considerations and ethical decision-making, differential diagnosis and assessment, the use of metaphors in counseling and counselor education, couples counseling and behavioral modification.
Dr. Nick Erber-LaPierre is a mental health counselor and counselor educator living in Seattle, WA. He earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University, where his dissertation work focused on transgender identity development in rural areas. He also earned an MA in Community Counseling and Holistic Health from Western Michigan University and a BS in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Health Studies from Michigan State University.
Erber-LaPierre is a licensed mental health counselor and chemical dependence professional in WA, and has been a licensed professional counselor in Michigan since 2006, a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor since 2008, and certified clinical mental health counselor. He is a recognized clinical supervisor in WA and MI and has worked for 3 years as a counselor educator, most recently at Seattle University. He is in private practice in WA as a counselor.
Erber-LaPierre’s previous experience includes working in the behavioral health community for 16 years in several community agencies in Michigan, including a women's resource center and a hospital-based HIV clinic. He also served as an affiliate therapist for the Comprehensive Gender Services Program for the University of Michigan. His clinical experience includes working with people who seek help with LGBTQ+ identity, transgender health, substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, emergency services, inpatient consultation, personality disorders and chronic mental illness.
Dr. Matt Glowiak completed his masters in Mental Health Counseling and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University. His dissertation examined veteran educators' perceptions of the Internet's impact on K-8 learning and social development. Glowiak is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CAADC), and National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Glowiak served as contributing faculty in the BS of Human Services and Psychology Programs at Walden University and as Assistant Professor of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Benedictine University. He has an emerging record of scholarship as outlined through refereed journal publications, magazine and newsletter articles, several book chapters, and multiple presentations.
As an entrepreneur, Glowiak is co-founder of "counseling speaks" in Park Ridge, Deerfield, and Chicago, Illinois--a practice focused on clinical counseling, consultation, coaching, supervision, crisis intervention, and psychoeducational services and products. Clinically, he has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Glowiak has worked with clients who present a variety of concerns and issues such as substance use disorder, domestic violence, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sexual trauma, and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Dana A. Griffin received an MA in Professional Counseling and an EdD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Georgia. Her 16-year clinical experience includes treating adolescents, adults, couples and families, specializing in severe mental health issues. In her private practice, she strives to assist her clients in realizing their purpose and moving forward towards mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
Griffin has been an educator for seven years, serving as a faculty member and adjunct instructor. Her research interests include the violence against the LGBTQ community in the Caribbean, the wellness of counselors, effective supervision for post-masters counselors, and the advancement of women of color in academia. Additionally, she volunteers with Give an Hour where she provides free counseling services to veterans and their families.
Dr. Laura Haddock received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Mississippi. Haddock has been a counselor educator since 2001, supported by more than two decades of work as a clinical mental health counselor. She is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor, national certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor.
An active counseling professional, Haddock has served on the Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners and the executive boards for Mississippi Counseling Association and Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Association. She serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling Research and Practice, The Journal of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences, The Journal of At Risk Issues and the Tennessee Counseling Association Journal. Her clinical practice includes work with a variety of populations, with a particular focus on women's issues. The recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award for Counselor Educator by the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, she routinely presents and publishes counseling research. Her interests include counselor wellness, sexuality, cultural diversity, supervision, and professional gatekeeping.
Dr. Penny Lane Hamblin received a MA in Mental Health Counseling and an EdD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. She is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and nationally certified counselor. She is also certified in EMDR and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Her clinical experience includes treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, specializing in trauma treatment of adolescents utilizing EMDR primarily in practice. She has been in counseling practice for 11 years and currently practices privately in North Carolina.
Hamblin is currently working on a publication including therapeutic memoirs of treating trauma. She presents trauma-informed care workshops across the eastern part of North Carolina. Hamblin is also currently working on a podcast focusing on trauma treatment and counseling treatment topics.
Dr. Karena J. Heyward received an MEd in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from The College of William and Mary. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia and a national certified counselor. Her clinical experience includes work with a variety of populations and presenting concerns, specializing in couples and family counseling.
Heyward has held faculty and administrative positions. She previously served as the president of the Virginia Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling and in various roles with the Virginia Association of Couples and Family Counseling. She is also a trained member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and Disaster Mental Health Team.
Heyward engages in continued scholarship, presenting at the state, regional and national levels. Her research interests include: body psychotherapy and somatic counseling, transpersonal psychology, sexuality counseling, the experiences of military personnel and their families, and international perspectives on the counseling profession.
Dr. Eric Jett is currently a licensed counselor in the states of Oklahoma and Missouri, where he is also an approved license supervisor. He is a National Certified Counselor, as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.
Jett graduated with his Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2010, and completed his PhD, in 2015, in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University. Jett has focused most of his career in counseling in two primary areas, trauma-focused treatment and substance abuse treatment services. With a history of working with a wide range of ages, he specializes in working with children and adolescents. As an academic and researcher, Jett has focused his analytic interests on the area of counseling supervision, more specifically counseling supervisor wellness and the impact of tertiary trauma on counseling supervisors.
Dr. John Marszalek received his BA from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He received an MS in elementary education, MS in counselor education, and PhD in counselor education, all at Mississippi State University. Marszalek is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi.
He has been a counselor educator for over 15 years and a counselor for over 20 years, maintaining private practices in Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans and Mississippi. Marszalek also previously worked in psychiatric and community counseling settings and taught elementary education. His research interests include gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity development theory and factors promoting and inhibiting long-term same-sex relationships in small towns and rural areas in the South. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling for over ten years.
Dr. Ruth Ouzts Moore received an MEd in Community Counseling from Delta State University and a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from the University of Mississippi. Moore has been an educator for 18 years and is a National Certified Counselor. She was a licensed professional counselor in Mississippi and has applied for licensure in Georgia.
She has over 20 years' experience in the clinical mental health counseling field with a variety of populations and has a specialty in counseling children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and trauma.
Moore is on the board of directors for the Association for Creativity in Counseling and is the Conference Program Chair. She was the 2017 recipient of the Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award given by the Association for Creativity in Counseling.
Moore has presented and published in the areas of abuse/trauma, play therapy, high-conflict divorce/parental alienation, courtroom testimony, and creative counseling techniques. She is frequently called to serve as an expert witness in criminal, chancery, and youth court for her involvement in child abuse and child custody cases.
Dr. Lotes Nelson received an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Walden University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and an approved clinical supervisor (ACS).
Her clinical experience includes treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, specializing in eating disorder/disordered eating, body image concerns, trauma counseling, depression, anxiety, relational issues, and cultural adjustment concerns, utilizing a variety of theoretical techniques.
Nelson maintains her strong advocacy involvement in her immediate community and nationally, to continue to raise mental health awareness by profoundly engaging in professional conference presentations and providing mental health wellness workshops. She serves on the board of directors for the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of North Carolina and holds an active role with varying organizations, such as the American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota, and the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation.
Dr. David A. Olges holds an undergraduate degree in Pre-Law (Philosophy) from Indiana University, a master's degree in Counseling from Grace College, a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Anderson University and a doctoral degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from Regent University. Olges is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Indiana and is a Nationally Certified Psychologist (NCP)
Prior to SNHU, Olges taught in the Big 10, the Big East and with several private colleges. He also teaches internationally in Ukraine, Scotland and England. He especially enjoys teaching courses involving marriage and couples counseling, research methods and clinical skill development.
Olges has more than 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including: private practice, residential programs, university counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, intensive outpatient settings, nonprofit organizations and internationally. He served on the board of an international charitable foundation where he developed and managed the clinical counseling center in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
Olges research interests include international counselor education, counselor education program design and evaluation, spirituality in counseling and treatment modalities for multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Shawn Parmanand received both his Master of Counseling and his PhD in Counselor Education & Counseling from Idaho State University. His master's degree focused on clinical work with marriages, families, and couples. Dr. Parmanand is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a nationally approved clinical supervisor, and a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
He maintains a small private practice where he meets with a variety of client populations, with a specialty in working with children who have survived sexual abuse. A majority of his clients are couples, with an emphasis in working with those who are experiencing difficulties related to infertility.
Parmanand has worked in counselor education as a faculty members since 2010. He has served in leadership roles as both the Membership Chair and Treasurer for the Idaho Counseling Association.
Parmanand regularly presents at the state and national level. In addition, he has published a number of journal articles and book chapters. His research interests include Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples, infertility issues, group treatment modalities, and incorporating lived experience into counselor education.
Dr. Eric Perry earned an MA in Community Counseling from Slippery Rock University and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University. His dissertation examined the perceptions of Counselor Educators related to online education and the expansion of online pedagogy. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), with most of his experience in community counseling and K-12 treatment settings.
Perry has over 15 years of experience as a classroom and online instructor, working first to train background investigators and then serving as a trainer, instructional designer and curriculum developer for a large mental health service provider in Pittsburgh, PA as well as for other mental health service agencies, educational institutions and training providers. Most recently, Perry has served as a faculty member and program coordinator in an online and hybrid counselor education program before becoming a Clinical Faculty member at SNHU.
Perry is highly involved in service activities and currently serves as the Social Media and Web Manager for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) as well as Technology Coordinator for the North Atlantic Region of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES). Perry continues to work toward research related to the development and research of online pedagogy specific to counselor education.
Dr. Torey Portrie-Bethke earned her masters and PhD in Counseling Education from Idaho State University. A National Certified Counselor, she is dedicated and enthusiastic in her role as a counselor educator and as a mental health and family counselor working toward empowering students and clients in the direction of positive growth and development.
She provides clinical supervision for master’s practicum and internship students. In her strength-based supervision role, she works to enhance students’ self-efficacy through creating a bridge between counselor development and emerging counseling skills/techniques/theory. She promotes students’ professional identity and advocates for the profession by utilizing networking techniques such as student inclusion in presentations and professional publications. Portrie-Bethke is a frequent presenter in the areas of Adventure Based Counseling, abuse/trauma, play therapy, counseling supervision, and group counseling.
Portrie-Bethke’s research interests include Adventure-based counseling; group counseling; counseling supervision; online counselor education; childhood trauma; vicarious trauma; mothering development.
Dr. Stacee Reicherzer received an MA in Community Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary's University. Reicherzer is a licensed professional counselor and licensed counselor supervisor.
Reicherzer has worked extensively in community mental health settings, serving the LGBT community as well as survivors of complex trauma.
As a counselor educator, Reicherzer has taught, supervised and mentored counseling students for over 10 years in both online and in-person forums. She especially enjoys teaching diversity, sexuality, and couple and family courses. She has also engaged in program assessment and leadership, and she has extensive experience in managing educational accreditation efforts.
Reicherzer pioneered new qualitative research practices to explore lived experiences for gay men, drag queens and transsexual women of color. She has published extensively in professional journals and presents frequently at professional conferences. Currently, she is working on a self-help book that addresses how experiences of being made to feel different, or "other," impact each person's life development in our marriages, our parenting and our overall mental health.
Dr. Sepulveda earned her MA in Community Counseling from Central Michigan University and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and National Certified Counselor. Sepulveda has over 16 years in the counseling profession and maintains a private practice in Wisconsin, where she counsels children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from all walks of life while incorporating a strength-based, culturally-affirming approach. She has served in agencies providing alcohol and drug counseling, family preservation and reunification service, and intimate partner violence treatment.
She has over 7 years of full-time online and classroom counselor education experience and has served in a number of leadership roles in various state, regional, and national counseling organizations. Currently, Sepulveda is president of the Wisconsin Counseling Association.
Sepulveda's research interests include the incorporation of psychopharmacology in counselor education, professional training and development of licensed professional counselors, multicultural counseling best practices, assessing the needs of LGBTQ youth and adolescents, intimate partner violence, and treatment of substance use disorders.
Dr. Ljubica Spiro received a MEd in Community Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Kent State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio, a licensed professional counselor and a certified professional clinical supervisor in the state of Georgia. Her clinical experience includes treating adolescents, adults, couples and families, specializing in the treatment of severe and persistent mental health issues.
Spiro has been an educator for over a decade, serving as a faculty member, faculty support development coordinator, student development coordinator, and associate department chair. She has taught counseling courses in the USA and abroad. Her research interests include multicultural issues in counseling and supervision, international counseling, and cross-cultural mentoring. Spiro is very active in professional counseling associations. She attends and presents at state, regional, and national counseling associations every year, often co-presenting with colleagues and students.