Listee Features — Counseling


Holding considerable expertise in counseling for adults, couples, families and adolescents, Kathy T. Rider, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA, became involved in her profession during her time at the University of Texas at Austin. Serving as a counselor in her dorm during her undergraduate years, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 before going on to attain a Master of Science in social work in 1969. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Texas and is certified as a group psychotherapist and a diplomat of clinical social work. Ms. Rider began her career as a social worker on the adult mental health staff at an Austin and Travis County mental health center now known as Integral

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LeslieBeth Wish


First embarking on her studies with a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from Carnegie Mellon University in 1970 and a Master of Arts in English from Ohio University in 1971, LeslieBeth “LB” Wish, EdD, was driven to further her education in the field of social services out of a desire to help others. Joining Bryn Mawr College, she obtained a Master of Arts in social service and management in 1976 before completing three years of post-degree training in multigenerational family theory and therapy at Georgetown University. Dr. Wish began her career as the director of social work and families at the Linwood School in 1980, before joining the New England Institute of Family Relations from 1981 to 1994,

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Certified as a motivational coach, hypnotherapist, and professional assistant, Maureen Ann Graves began her career as a volunteer co-facilitator with the Siouxland Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 1976 before becoming a counselor in 1979. To further her skills, she attended a yearlong program at the Gestalt Institute of Iowa, from which she graduated in 1980. In 1981, she co-founded the New Hope Alcohol and Addiction Center, where she worked as a counselor until 1998. During this period, she also spent time as a consultant for the St. Luke Hospital’s addiction center and opened her own private practice. In 1997, Ms. Graves began work as a Reiki practitioner and is presently active as a self-esteem and spirituality consultant. Greatly

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Anne Pruitt-Logan


Backed by 65 years of professional experience, Anne Pruitt-Logan, EdD, LHD, has served as professor emeritus with the Ohio State University since 1995. Earlier in her career, she joined Howard University as a women’s counselor. Subsequently, she held a number of educational roles with Albany State College, Fisk University, Case Western Reserve University and the Council of Graduate Schools. Over the course of her career, she has honed her expertise in educational administration, counseling and teaching. Additionally, Dr. Pruitt-Logan has lent her expertise to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on post-secondary education, the National Science Foundation and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Dr. Pruitt-Logan was inspired to become involved in her profession after

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Revolon Schmidt


Revolon M. Schmidt is renowned as a board-certified licensed clinical professional counselor operating out of a private practice, specializing in treating victims of trauma, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of her clients are veterans. Her journey toward counseling began with her diverse educational background. A graduate of the District of Columbia Teachers College, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in early education. In the late 1980s, Ms. Schmidt pursued further professional development in business management, earning a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Maryland in 1986 and a continuing education certificate in accounting at Prince George’s Community College in 1992. Subsequently, Ms. Schmidt was advised that her background presented her with unique opportunities to support patients

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Monica Holmes


Monica Holmes has, as she puts it, “went through the fire of life and came out the other side with little scars.” After struggling with her own addictions, she has turned her life around and dedicated it to working with underserved individuals in an effort to help them reach their highest quality of life. Ms. Holmes has the unique ability to truly understand how the people she helps feel, as she is used to struggle with addiction, and is also living HIV positive, though she has been sober for more than 10 years. As the outreach GPRA specialist of Harlem United, the nonprofit health care service that specifically serves the HIV/AIDS community, Ms. Holmes is responsible for providing program screenings,

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Alice Olson


Alice J. Olson, LMHC, LCAC, NCAC II, is renowned as a licensed professional counselor specializing in behavioral support for addictions and for hard of hearing patients. She initially pursued an education at Indiana University, graduating with a Bachelor of Education in 1972. She subsequently earned a Master of Arts in special education at Ball State University in 1978. Nationally certified as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor and a clinical addictions counselor, Ms. Olson concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in counseling and guidance at Governors State University in 2001. In 1975, Ms. Olson began her career as an adult education teacher at Portage Adult Education. She later worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for deaf and

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Jaydene Morrison


Becoming involved in her profession because of a commitment to children and their well being, Jaydene Morrison got into psychology and counseling because she was looking for answers. She has served as the president and director of Ventures in Learning, Inc., in Helena, Montana, since 1984. She began her career as an educator at Cushing Public Schools in Oklahoma from 1955 to 1957 and Indianapolis Public Schools from 1958 to 1959. Ms. Morrison then served as a counselor and teacher of special education at Helena-Goltry Public Schools in Oklahoma from 1965 to 1973, a psychometrist for the Oklahoma State Title III Program in Alva, and a school psychologist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education in Enid from 1977 to

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Now retired after more than three decades in education, Dorothy A. Taylor Smalbein concluded her career in 2000 as a guidance counselor at Pine Trail Elementary School on behalf of the Volusia County School Board in Ormond Beach, Florida. Originally hired in 1966 as a substitute teacher, she was later appointed to the role of a guidance counselor in 1978, a capacity in which she remained throughout the rest of her tenure. An instrumental figure within the district, Ms. Smalbein founded the Terrific Kid Program for elementary school students and was responsible for organizing an annual school-wide program, in which students would meet with area doctors, lawyers and members of public service to gain insight into their careers. As an

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Pamela Cappetta


An expert in mindfulness, Pamela G. Cappetta, EdD, LPC, LMFT, has been teaching the subject for 25 years She became involved in her profession because she came from a very dysfunctional, abusive background, where she didn’t talk about what was going on in the home. It was a time when you pretended everything was fine. Thus, Dr. Cappetta went into the counseling profession only seeing children and wanting to help them to build healthy relationships. It started with wanting the children to have a safe place to talk about what was going on at home. In addition, she is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and started out as a family therapist specializing in children. As time went by, she

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