Dr. Kristel Headley

Professor of Counseling; LPC-MHSP, ACS
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B.A. in English (University of Richmond)
M.A. in Professional Counseling (Liberty University)
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (Regent University)

Articles and Other Projects: “Designing a creative toolkit for working with children/adolescents” in Handbook of Experiential Teaching in Counselor Education: A Resource Guide for Counselor Education

“Evaluating impact of transition seminars on missionary kids’ depression, anxiety, stress, and well-being,” Journal of Psychology and Theology


My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Building close relationships with my students. In the graduate counseling program, we aren’t just teaching content: we are forming people who are excellent counselors.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Read, walk, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

In my classes, students can expect: That their assumptions will be challenged. During my years of counseling practice, every belief and assumption I have held has been challenged at some time. I want my students to begin to wrestle with their assumptions while they have the support of experienced professors and supervisors.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Structure your time in such a way that you can meet your obligations and also have time to reflect on where God is at work in your life and your work. In the words of Henri Nouwen, “If you do not claim that (time) for yourself, you are not hospitable enough because you do not create the quiet and restful place where people can find healing.”

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Exceptional counselors – the best in the field – whose work flows out of their life with God.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Counselors do not give advice. And we don’t analyze everyone we come in contact with… unless you give us reason to. 🙂

A quote that influences how I live is: Micah 6:8.

And also, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”