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  • Shurance, Mike Shurance, Mike
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  • Associate Dean of the Townsend Institute, Faculty
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Christmas Thomas, Margaret

Biography

Dr. Christmas Thomas joined Concordia University ten years ago where she is an Associate Dean and was a leader in starting the Townsend Institute and has been instrumental in program design and launching of the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Prior to Concordia she led National Counseling/Academic services for the world’s largest human services provider and consulted internationally in the areas of counseling, education and special education services. She has helped host several national conferences for counselors and educators, provided coaching consulting and presented on these topics across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Education and Leadership, Barry University
  • M.A., Counselor Education, University of Central Florida
  • B.A., Psychology, University of North Florida
Donna, Washburn

Biography

Dr. Washburn is a 1998 graduate of Evangel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Social Work from Missouri State University in 1999 and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2015. Her professional experience includes working with the adolescent population in areas such as school social work and as a therapist for teens in residential treatment, providing clinical supervision and consultation for social workers and counselors. Her areas of interest and past research include issues of abuse and neglect with children, negative behavioral functioning of adolescents, clinical supervision and social advocacy in the mental health field. Dr. Washburn has worked in Christian Higher Education for 20 years and has enjoyed many roles including teaching, administration, research and supervision. She is passionate about leading the CUI Townsend Institute Counseling Program and assisting the next generation of counselors in reaching the hurting world with excellence in clinical practice.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision: Regent University
  • M.S.W. - Master's of Social Work: Missouri State University
  • B.S.W. - Bachelor's of Social Work: Evangel University
  • LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Missouri
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  • Assistant Director for Counselor Education & Supervision, Core Faculty
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Shelton, Deena

Biography

Dr. Deena Shelton is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas and has a variety of experiences in clinical, educational, and nonprofit settings. Like many counselors, she feels a strong connection to her calling of helping others and feels equally passionate about training new counselors. She focused her counseling expertise in couples and families, career counseling, and supervising new counselors as they seek licensure.

Previously, Dr. Shelton has worked in university career services, administration and advising for online graduate counseling programs, and in coordination and executive management of nonprofit organizations. She has worked community services such as advocacy for children in foster care, federally funded education programs, and community-based crime prevention initiatives. Her research focuses include adoptive families, parenting, supervision in counselor education, and research methods. She is passionate about volunteering for her community and serves in volunteer groups and on local boards to help promote change in her community.

Dr. Shelton is passionate about teaching new counselors in practical and connective ways. In addition to helping educate students about the process of counseling, she strives to mentor them in their personal development and professional identity. As most counselor educators, she loves helping students understand how they can connect with clients to promote change. She also loves teaching students how topics like research, assessment, evaluation, and documentation fit into the role of a counselor and how they enhance a counselor’s ability to serve clients well. In addition to serving as a faculty member, Dr. Shelton is the Field Experience Coordinator, overseeing practicum and internship experiences for students.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Walden University
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • B.S., Psychology, LeTourneau University

Core Faculty

Coleman, Shelley

Biography

Shelley Coleman is a Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia and holds specialty certifications in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Supervision. She is completing her Advanced Somatic Experiencing Training for full certification in 2021. Shelley’s clinical work has focused on couples and families, as well as trauma recovery and group work. She completed her master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University in 2012. Shelley started teaching for the Townsend Institute in March 2017 and felt immediately drawn to counselor education. Shelley will complete her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of the Cumberlands in August of 2021.

Previously, Shelley has served in several community advocacy groups that provide support for women navigating domestic violence and complex trauma. This remains an area of interest as she focuses her research on women living with domestic abuse and ways to better inform counselors to provide support for women and children seeking safety and healing from its impact.

Shelley is passionate about counselor education and supervision. Teaching field work continues to be a favorite part of her teaching experience as she has taught practicum and internship since starting her work at the Townsend Institute. Shelley wrote the Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling course for the Townsend Institute and thus, remains passionate about teaching future counselors to excel in their work with couples and families. Shelley is a recent addition to the core faculty for the Townsend Institute and is excited to continue her work of educating future counselors to be highly skilled professionals who will be the leaders in their field as they bring the care and compassion of the profession to their clients and their communities.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A., Professional Counseling, Liberty University
  • B.S., Church Counseling, Liberty University
  • LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor – West Virginia
Lorraine Gordon

Biography

Dr. Lorraine Gordon earned her degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Dr. Gordon is a National Certified Counselor and is a mentor for the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation, Mentor Program. She is a Disaster Mental Health Responder for the American Red Cross. Dr. Gordon’s professional experience spans Mental Health, Teaching, Counseling, and Healthcare. She has extensive experience working in community mental health, private practice, and within a teaching hospital in a variety of capacities. Dr. Gordon is an On-Demand Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC) at Fort Dix. Her areas of interest include trauma, crisis management, online counseling learners transitioning into internship fieldwork, family, and Multicultural Counseling. Dr. Gordon served as Adjunct Faculty at Middlesex County College. Dr. Gordon’s ministry involves Family Life, Youth and Young Adults. She operates a Community Counseling office within her church. She serves on her church school Board and especially enjoys helping learners achieve their educational aspirations. Dr. Gordon resides in Central New Jersey with her husband, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, they are the parents of five adult children. For relaxation she enjoys hiking, speed walking, camping, traveling, and gardening. Dr. Gordon is committed to higher education and is a life-long learner, she is enthusiastic about integrating her counseling experience with academics.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Capella University
  • M.S. Human Services - Mental Health, Capella University
Angela Jackson

Biography

Dr. Angela Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced working in clinical settings (youth and families) and as faculty with diverse populations. A graduate of Virginia Tech, she holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a concentration in Race and Social Policy. She specializes in building rapport with clients and clarifying the basis for their presenting issues. For example, what’s beneath the surface of client’s symptoms for anxiety, depression, faith conflict, or family of origin trauma? Dr. Jackson has gained a unique cultural awareness of the family dynamics and relationships particularly with the African American population. Therefore, she welcomes broader roles beyond therapist (educator, faith advocate, resource person) by providing culturally responsive treatment that includes tailoring her skill set with the clients’ unique needs. She makes herself available to clients including being present when collective societal issues such as systemic racism or marginalization are the presenting issues.

As core faculty of the Masters in Counseling Program in the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, Dr. Jackson considers empowering students in the classroom and clarifying their “professional counseling identity” as no small task. With the high rewards of becoming a licensed professional counselor coupled with the awesome training of the Townsend character/competence model, students are set up for success.

Lastly, Dr. Jackson's passion for mental health and cultural competency is also evident as the owner of Culturally Competent Therapy as she has specialized in culturally responsive treatment with clients for over ten years.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education, Virginia Tech
  • M.Ed. Community Counseling, Kent State
  • B.S. Industrial Management, University of Akron
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Biography

Brenda Keck, Ph.D., LMFT has been practicing as a therapist since 2008 and teaching since 2014. She grew up overseas (East Africa) and much of her work has been in the missionary community in the U.S., Asia, Africa and Europe. She is passionate about promoting resilience, health and healing in the emotional and spiritual lives of ministry leaders. Her specializations include: issues of cross-cultural living, Third Culture Kids, Trauma recovery, compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress, resilience and wellness. She also finds great joy in mentoring and teaching a new generation of counselors!

Brenda has been married to her husband (a pastor) since 1981 and enjoys time with her grown twin daughters, a son-in-law, and one crazy dog. She lives in the Pacific NW and spends part of the summers in Alaska with her husband where he runs a fishing lodge. Some things she enjoys outside of work include horseback riding, hiking, hot yoga, salmon fishing with her husband, and sharing a pot of English tea with good conversation.

Degrees Earned

  • PhD Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University
  • MA Marriage and Family Therapy, Richmont Graduate University
  • Bachelor’s in Education, Guidance & Counseling, University of North Texas
Mark Newmeyer

Biography

Dr. Newmeyer is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor in Ohio and Virginia with over twenty years of clinical and consulting experience in mental health services, addictions, and trauma. He is a professional member of the American Counseling Association, which recognized his achievements by honoring him in 2004 as an Emerging Leader. Dr. Newmeyer is an active member of ASGW and also serves on the Editorial Board for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. He enjoys running, including several marathons and recently a 50K.

Paylo Matthew

Professor

Biography

Matthew John Paylo, Ph.D./LPCC-S (OH), LPC (GA), is a professor of counseling at Concordia University Irvine. He has over 12 years of experience in counselor education and 20 years of clinical experience in various settings including community mental health centers, prisons, hospitals, adolescent residential treatment facilities, and college counseling centers. Matthew is passionate about implementing evidence-based interventions within therapeutic relationships that highlight empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness. He has presented and published extensively in the areas of diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders. Matthew co-authored two books on assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental and emotional disorders. In addition, he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on trauma, evidence-based treatments, offender treatments, adolescent counseling, social justice counseling, and the implementation of the DSM. Matthew has received a number of teaching and research awards including the Distinguished Professor of Teaching at Youngstown State University and the Research and Writing Award from the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). In addition, Matthew completed two terms as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - (CACREP- Accredited) - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • M.A. in Community Counseling - (CACREP- Accredited) - Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
  • B.S. in Business - Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Phifer, Joy Kelly

Biography

Dr. Joy Kelly Phifer holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Her previous degrees include a Master of Science and Specialist in Education dual degree in Couple and Family Counseling, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies all from UNCG. Currently, she serves as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina, treating individuals, couples and families in an outpatient, private agency setting. Clinically, she maintains special training in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) through the Carolina Center for EFT and trauma-specific training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In her clinical practice, she promotes the power of the counseling relationship, in that it has the unique potential to serve as a catalyst for individual insight, progressive change, and overall mental health wellness.

As a counselor educator, Dr. Phifer maintains a special passion for the classroom in providing experiential and transformative experiences for her students, where she enjoys teaching classes in counseling skills, career counseling, sexuality counseling, family violence, and more. Additionally, Dr. Phifer holds a strong passion for the clinical supervision process in helping developing counselors hone their clinical skills with a focus on providing high quality therapeutic services for clients. Her areas of research interest primarily relate to the prevention, treatment, and recovery experiences of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), alongside research implications in couple and family counseling practice - all of which reflect her spiritual calling to the field.

Dr. Phifer is passionate about the performing arts where she enjoys social dancing with her husband and attending live concerts. In her free time, Dr. Phifer enjoys traveling, watching movies full of suspense and drama, and spending time with close friends and family.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S./Ed.S., Couple & Family Counseling, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.S., B.A., Business Administration, Dance Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Stafford, Kaitlyn

Biography

Dr. Kaitlyn Stafford has various clinical experiences spanning from working with service members and veterans in inpatient treatment to providing counseling to those suffering from addiction in an outpatient setting. She has also managed intensive outpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs for adolescents, women, adults, and clients with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Since 2017, Dr. Stafford has owned and operated a private practice in Hawaii and remotely, where she specializes in treating complex trauma in adults. Additionally, she enjoys counseling service members, veterans, and their families and conducting group therapy.

Dr. Stafford is an EMDR certified clinician and provides EMDR and trauma therapy consulting. She is passionate about mentoring future and current clinicians to offer competent, trauma-informed care. Dr. Stafford is also committed to helping educate clinicians on the military culture and how to successfully and ethically navigate a telehealth practice. She also serves as a supervisor, consultant, and faculty member for a counselor training program in Ukraine. Her current research interests and endeavors include: the career and life satisfaction of military spouses who have advanced degrees, military culture, and trauma.

Dr. Stafford is proud of her South Louisiana roots and the art of cooking and eating that comes with them (gumbo, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits are regular favorites in the Stafford house). She enjoys yoga, hiking trails with her husband, son, and pup, and drinking a good cup of coffee on the lanai.

Stokes, Jeremiah

Biography

Dr. Jeremiah Stokes is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Board Certified PTSD Clinician with the American Psychotherapy Association. He utilizes various modalities of counseling that can be considered integrative, relational and organic. Jeremiah has a great deal of experience working with a multitude of clinical issues. He works with adolescents, adults, and families. His research interests are in the areas of wellness, counseling cancer patients, and substance abuse counseling.

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D., Argosy University
  • M.S., Walden University
  • B.S., University of Central Florida

Adjunct Faculty

Adams, Mary

Biography

Mary Adams graduated from Franklin College of Indiana with a BA in English, and from Indiana University with an M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education.

Mary has been in practice for 30 years, providing services in a variety of professional venues. She is a former Program Therapist for Rapha Treatment Centers, which allowed her to work in hospital inpatient, partial, and out-patient settings. She is a former Clinic Director for New Life Treatment Centers. She has served as a Crisis Assessment clinician for a behavioral health treatment center. She is an ordained minister and has served as Pastoral Care Minister for two large congregations in the Indianapolis area, roles which included developing training materials, training, and supervising lay counselors. She has maintained private practice offices throughout the Indianapolis area. Her private practice and her agency work have centered on working with clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and those who have experienced trauma. She currently practices in a north suburb of Indianapolis.

She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College, working with students preparing to enter the field of mental health services. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Grace College and Huntington University. She has taught with the Townsend Institute since its beginnings at Huntington University and is passionate about being able to share her experience with the Townsend training with next generation mental health professionals.

She is a speaker, workshop leader, retreat leader, and group leader who has utilized Townsend materials since the first Boundaries book was published to help individuals experience growth that is professionally proficient and scripturally grounded.

Degrees Earned

  • M.S. Counseling and Counselor Education; Indiana University
  • BA English; Franklin College of Indiana
Cline, Becca

Biography

Becca is a licensed professional counselor in Michigan and licensed mental health counselor associate in Indiana.She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Huntington University and is currently participating in a Townsend Leadership Group in southern Indiana. Becca has attended workshops with Dennis Del Valle in Effective Group Process and Experiential Group Training as well as completing the One Week Intensive for Counselors hosted by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Her clinical experience includes individual, couples, and group psychotherapy in a private practice setting. Becca is passionate about helping her clients flourish personally and professionally through leveraging the healing power of relationship to unlock increased capacities to navigate the challenges of life.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Counseling, Huntington University
Fleming, Michele

Biography

Dr. Michele Fleming is an executive coach, therapist, speaker, and writer. Michele earned her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology after enjoying a successful career in international sales and marketing. Prior to entering graduate school, Michele worked as a Director for the Diocese of San Diego, giving her a unique perspective on the challenges of both business and ministry leadership. She first starting working with Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend as a facilitator for Ultimate Leadership, Empower Now, and One Week Intensive workshops, where she helped hundreds of participants improve their performance, enhance their relationships, and launch their dreams. Dr. Fleming maintains a private practice as an executive coach, and she is a Director for the Townsend Leadership Program in Atlanta, GA. She has presented at universities, business groups, churches, youth groups, and ministry events. She also blogs for several websites and has been featured on EWTN satellite radio.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Biola University
Houston, Nancy

Biography

Nancy has a Master’s in Counseling and is a speaker, teacher, counselor and coach. She is a Director for the Townsend Leadership program in New York City and the Dallas Fort Worth area. She is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual, marital and sexual issues. She is also a Certified Sex Therapist. She was on staff at Gateway Church for over five years, serving in the Marriage and Family department and Intimate Life. She loves to help people grow into their full potential, empowering them to be truly alive. Nancy teaches on topics ranging from relational health to sexual and spiritual growth and development.

Lowman, Melanie

Biography

Melanie Lowman, MA, LMHC completed both her Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry (2000) and her Master’s of Arts in Counseling at Huntington University (2012). After the completion of her Master’s in Counseling she served as a therapist in both community mental health and private practice. Her area of specialty includes working with trauma, PTSD, physical and sexual abuse, anxiety and depression. In addition, she has group, child, adolescent, couples, premarital and geriatric clinical experience. She also provides mental health services for military veterans, active duty men and women and their families. She is a member of the Star Behavioral Health Providers registry that assists military veterans, active duty men and women and their families in seeking mental health treatment. In addition, to her clinical work she conducts locally workshop on such topics as relationships and trauma.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Counseling, Huntington University
  • B.S. Youth Ministry, Huntington College

Biography

Joel is a licensed mental health counselor and holds a Masters degree in mental health counseling from Huntington University. He has completed a post-masters degree in addiction counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition, Joel is a certified Gestalt therapist and currently enrolled as a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is training to become a certified hypnotherapist. His clinical experience includes lead therapist with youth in a residential care program; behavioral technician at a facility for sexually maladaptive youth; and as a private practice clinician. Currently he is an addictions counselor at a community mental health agency, in Marion, Indiana where he is leads group psychotherapy using Supportive-Expressive Psychodynamic Therapy and 12-Step Facilitation Therapy group modalities to help facilitate long-term dynamic/characterological change. He has been a featured workshop speaker both locally and nationally on topics ranging from addiction treatment to experiential-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy. Joel is on the NFL list of approved therapists.

Biography

Randall Rheinheimer graduated from Grace College with a BA in psychology and Bible Studies. He received his MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Biola University and his PhD in clinical psychology from California Graduate Institute.

Dr. Rheinheimer has been in private practice since 1987, providing individual, family and group therapy. He has offices in Santa Ana and Encinitas. He is currently a group facilitator for the 'Ultimate Leadership' seminars conducted by GrowthSkills in Costa Mesa, CA. He also serves on the board of directors of GrowthSkills. He has also worked with Drs. John Townsend and Henry Cloud providing individual, family and group therapy in an in-patient hospital program.

Dr. Rheinheimer has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College of Graduate Studies in Anaheim, CA., classes included; Psychodynamic Therapy, Treatment Skills and Dream Interpretation. He is currently teaching at the Townsend Institute at Concordia University, classes include; Beginning and Advanced Treatment Skills, Group Therapy, Psychopathology, and Practicum Supervision.

Dr. Rheinheimer has worked with several churches. He was a presenter for ‘Wednesday Night Applications’ at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, CA. He developed a program similar to the Wednesday Night Applications for Richmond Community Church in Yorba Linda, CA. He has conducted seminars in numerous churches on various topics including; forgiveness, anxiety, depression, confrontation, as well as presenting various books by Drs. Townsend and Cloud. He currently is involved leading growth groups at his home church, North Coast Church, in Vista, CA.

On a personal note, he and his wife enjoy living near the beach, cycling, backpacking and finding adventure whenever-wherever-however they can.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, California Graduate Institute
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Biola University
  • B.A. Psychology and Bible Studies, Grace College
Sinardi, Catherine Collins

Academic Program Director/Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Sinardi holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and a Master's degree in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. She became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2006. In 2011, Dr. Sinardi completed her Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

Professional Experience

Dr. Catherine Sinardi is Director of Healthcare Management, overseeing the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management (traditional and online) and Master of Healthcare Administration. She teaches a variety of courses in aforementioned programs, and is an instructor in the Townsend Institute’s Master of Arts in Counseling curriculum. Previously, she was Regional Director of Clinical Services at Children’s Institute and Director of Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation at Counseling4Kids, both in the greater Los Angeles area. She also worked in private practice as a licensed counselor and held various administrative positions at ChildNet Youth and Family Services in Long Beach.

Spring, Madelinei

Biography

Madeline received her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University. Madeline has several years of experience working with teenage girls and their families in a residential treatment facility that is built upon the Townsend’s model. Madeline also provides therapy for individuals, children and couples using the affect-focused, Competence and Character Model in her work at Wabash Friends Counseling Center. She’s passionate about psychodynamic group therapy and leads support/process groups for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, as well as a Leadership Development Program for leaders in the Friends’ church which includes both didactic teaching and psychodynamic group work.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Huntington University
  • B.A. Psychology, Malone University
Thacker, Karen

Biography

Karen was first introduced to Dr. Townsend in 2008 when she attended the Ultimate Leadership Intensive. She attended the inaugural One Week Intensive for Counselors in 2010 and the year long Counselor Training Program with Dr. Townsend and Scott Makin in 2012-2013. Karen has a BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado where she has been in private practice since 2007. Her primary focus with clients is guiding them toward understanding the roots of their issues, compassionately accepting them where they are, and encouraging them as they move through the growth process. She uses Emotionally Focused Therapy and EMDR in addition to the Townsend Character Structure model. Karen is a Marriage Coach with the Smalley Institute through which she conducts one to three day marriage intensives for couples in crisis. She has served as a volunteer counselor with Azmera, an organization dedicated to restoring and refreshing Kingdom-minded women who serve overseas. Karen is a blogger and author of Surviving the Scarlet Letter: Freedom from Shame and Journey Forward Workbook: Daily Steps to Achieve Emotional Balance & Healthier Relationships.

Degrees Earned

  • M.S. Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • B.A. Psychology, Bucknell University
Weaver, Marianne

Biography

Dr. Marianne Weaver lives in La Grande, Oregon with her two kids, Bethani and Aaron. Dr. Weaver is a licensed psychologist in Oregon, and was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist when she lived in California. While in California, she had a private practice for several years where she had the fortunate opportunity of working with many families, kids (doing play therapy), couples , as well as individuals. She enjoys working with those who have experienced trauma (she is a a Level 2 EMDR provider), and those who are struggling with various addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.

She is currently the director of, and a practicing psychologist, in the Counseling Center at Eastern Oregon University (EOU) and really loves working with the college student population. Along with doing tons of fun therapy with students, she also teaches a 400 level Family Systems Theory and Therapy class in the Psychology Department, and a Clinical Interventions in the Classroom course in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Living in a more geographically isolated area has enabled Dr. Weaver to practice rural psychology. She can rarely go to the store, or even for a walk, without seeing either a current or past client. This has challenged her to become very authentic and integrated in her everyday life. Dr. Weaver also maintains a small private clinical and coaching practice with a home office in La Grande, and shares that one of her favorite memories is when a client drove to his appointment in his tractor.

Dr. Weaver has been teaching counseling classes in the Townsend Institute since Spring, 2017. Her greatest passion is helping students heal and grow in their relationship with self, God, and others; equipping them to become a phenomenal therapist and/or coach. She marvels at how God has brought her back to her alma mater, allowing her to participate in the Great Commission by developing healers within the body of Christ.

Degrees Earned

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (emphasis in Family Psychology) from Azusa Pacific University (2002)
  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (1993)
  • B.A. in Behavioral Science (minors in Psych and Soc) from Concordia University Irvine (1991)
Wilkinson, Karen

Biography

Karen is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She received her Doctorate and Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University and Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Karen is an EMDR Level I & II trained clinician and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. In addition to maintaining a full-time private practice, Karen co-facilitates an outreach grief recovery program in her community twice a year. Karen has taught graduate psychology and undergraduate child development classes as an Adjunct Professor at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. Karen is thrilled to join the Townsend Institute at Concordia and contribute to the development and training of a new generation of counselors. Karen's training background includes: working with adolescent juvenile offenders, their families, and coordinating treatment with police and probation in an Orange County Juvenile Diversion Program; counseling college students at a University Counseling Center; working with military service men, women, and their families at a former Marine Air Corps Station in El Toro; and providing inpatient treatment in a hospital setting. Karen specializes in treating those afflicted with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and childhood disorders of ADHD and OCD. She sees individuals, teenagers, children, and families in her practice. Karen is a long-time member of Presbyterian Church of the Master (PCOM) in Mission Viejo. When not working, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, hitting the links on the golf course, and relaxing at the beach.

Degrees Earned

  • Psy.D. Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • B.A. Psychology, University of California Irvine
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