Listee Features — Counseling

Troilen Seward


Troilen Gainey Seward, EdS, is a retired school superintendent, psychologist, and teacher who continues to advocate for Virginia schools and students as an educational lobbyist. Psychology was Ms. Seward’s lifelong passion, and when she began studying at the College of William and Mary, she excelled at her abnormal psychology courses and began an internship in the children’s ward at an area mental hospital. Though she had planned to go to graduate school to become a psychologist, her direction changed when she met her husband, who owned a business in a rural area. Seeking a more portable career option, she changed her major to education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1963. From 1963 until 1967, Ms. Seward taught at

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Kathy Rider


Obtaining considerable expertise in mental health services for adults, couples, families, and adolescents, Kathy T. Rider, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA, became involved in her profession at the University of Texas. Serving as a dorm counselor during her undergraduate years, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 before going on to receive a Master of Science in social work in 1969. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas and is board certified in clinical social work nationally, a certified group psychotherapist, and a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Ms. Rider began her career as a psychiatric social worker on the adult mental health staff at Integral Care from 1969 to 1977, and later held a position

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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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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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