Dr. Tim Barclay
Dr. Barclay is the clinical director of Advanced Psychotherapeutics. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He is also a professor of Psychology at Liberty University. Dr. Barclay has a diverse background. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a retired police officer from the Pittsburgh, PA area where he served for 20 years in the patrol division and criminal investigations bureau. He is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger Schooland served in the 7th Light Infantry Division.
Dr. Barclay maintained a clinical practice for many years and developed treatment programs for juvenile offenders for the Court of Common Pleas. Dr. Barclay completed his residency at Piedmont Psychiatric Center/Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA.
He specializes in the treatment of ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictions. He has received training from Harvard Medical School in the clinical and research applications of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques which he uses for ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Addiction, Depression, and Anxiety. He is a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress. Dr. Barclay is a trained practitioner of neurofeedback therapy.
Dr. Barclay is also a staff psychologist with the international telemedicine group Doctor on Demand. In addition to clinical practice and teaching, Dr. Barclay is a published author and researcher in resilience and the clinical use of positive psychology and the use of non-invasive brain stimulation in clinical practice. He has also authored and co-authored many academic publications and books.
Dr. Jared Pingleton
Dr. Jared Pingleton is the Director of the Institute for Pastoral Vitalization and a Christ-follower, husband, father, and grandfather. He is also a minister, clinical and consulting psychologist, author, and speaker who is passionate about communicating Jesus’ love, mercy, and grace to a hurting and conflicted world. A respected leader in the Christian mental health field, Jared has been in professional practice since 1977 offering help, hope, and healing to thousands of individuals, couples, families, and churches. Dually trained in theology and psychology, he has been a professor at several Christian universities and seminaries, served on the pastoral staff of two large churches (where he founded and directed church-based community counseling centers) and has authored or co-authored eight books, including the innovative Making Magnificent Marriages (available at drpingleton.com).
Jared earned Doctor of Psychology and M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University; an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and a B.S. in Psychology and Biblical Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Evangel University. He did additional graduate studies at the University of Kansas and at the Assemblies of God, Talbot, and Fuller Theological Seminaries. Dr. Pingleton currently serves as the Director of Mental Health Care and Ministry for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Formerly Director of Counseling Services at Focus on the Family, Jared was also in private practice for 36 years.
Dr. Pingleton has extensive national and international media experience--appearing as a guest, host, or co-host on hundreds of television and radio programs and in many leading print publications. He maintains several professional affiliations, has received five “Who’s Who” awards along with several other national recognitions, and is a popular national and international speaker and conference leader.
Dr. Jeanne Brooks
Dr. Brooks has over 25 years of experience working with families and helping them cope with divorce. She has expertise in performing custody evaluations in preparation for court proceedings and is an expert witness in such matters in Texas and Virginia. She is frequently called on by the courts throughout Virginia to assess family strengths and to work with families in the rebuilding process.
Dr. Greg Mears
Because he believes that each individual is important and brings his or her own unique experience to the session, Dr. Mears approaches therapy from a client-centered perspective that often embraces elements of existential philosophy and utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment. However, because each individual and situation is unique, other appropriate interventions are incorporated as necessary to help that individual reach their personal goals. As a Christian, Dr. Mears is comfortable addressing spiritual concerns, although because he embraces the idea that all truth originates from God, overtly religious interventions are not always necessary for a person to be successful in his or her quest to make positive changes in their life.
Dr. Mears has provided services in a variety of locations, including in-home, school-based, outpatient, and inpatient settings. His previous experience in the medical field has afforded him the opportunity to intimately interact with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic events, suffered grief and loss, or live with chronic illness. Additionally, he has worked with individuals who struggled with autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, PTSD, substance abuse, as well as those with family, career, and educational concerns.
Dr. Mears. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a licensed guidance counselor in Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate in professional counseling from Liberty University and his master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mears has over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her is also trained in the use of EMDR.
Brittany Finch, M.A., LPC
Brittany Finch is a Licensed Professional Counselor and trained provider in sLoRETA neurofeedback and QEEG. She is trained in psychological assessment and EMDR. Brittany works with adolescents and adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and autism. She also specializes in various non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to improve neurological function and symptom reduction.
Dr. John Thomas
Dr. John C. Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC; VA 2022), a Certified Sex Therapist (CST; ABCST), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT; IITAP), and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC; VA 268).
For overall 38 years, Dr. Thomas as counseled a wide-range of problems. His specialties include sexual dysfunctions, sexual addictions, betrayed partners, marital problems, depression, anxiety, anger, and trauma. He is trained in EMDR by its founder, Dr. Francine Shapiro.
Dr. Thomas is a Professor at the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies from the University of South Carolina. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Dr. Thomas received his Masters of Arts in Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Missions from Liberty Baptist College.
He has written many peer-reviewed professional publications, conducts marriage enrichment retreats with his wife, and speaks on mental health and organizational issues. He has co-authored numerous books including Enduring your Season of Suffering (Liberty Press), What’s Good about Feeling Bad: Finding Purpose and a Path through your Pain (Tyndale); and Therapeutic Expedition: Equipping the Christian Counseling for the Journey (Broadman & Holman Academic), a textbook to teach counseling skills. In addition to the textbook, Dr. Thomas created a professional quality videos that demonstrates the counseling skills discussed in the book. His most recent is Counseling techniques: A comprehensive resource for Christian counselors (Zondervan/HaperCollins).
He and his wife, Denise reside in Lynchburg, VA. They have two adult children, Katie and Stephen.
David Martin, LPC., NCC., CSAC.
David is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Provider. He was instrumental in the launching and development of two Celebrate Recovery Ministries and has served in various capacities within the organization. David was previously employed for six years with Centra Health Inc. including time at Bridges Residential Treatment Center and Krise 6 Acute Psychiatry for adolescents as well as the Mundy 3 Acute Psychiatry Unit for adults. David most recently served as Lead Mental Health Professional at Virginia Baptist Hospital and Pathways Recovery Lodge in Amherst, VA.
One of David's most notable quotes is "If getting sober is tough, staying sober is even harder". David identifies with research that validates Addiction Counseling and appropriate Mental Health Treatment coupled with Peer Support as the primary Evidence Based Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorders. David practices primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective. A true Behaviorist, David challenges his clients with behavior modification techniques that facilitate habit changes to bypass additional damaging effects of continued Substance Abuse. David offers a unique perspective combining extensive education, training and credentials with real life experience.
Linda Pingleton, M.A.
Linda has extensive professional experience in both academic and ministry settings. From her background as an educator and school administrator as well as having been a pastor’s wife for many years, she has worked with many children, parents, and families. Her professional specializations include children’s issues, educational concerns, ministry-related issues, cross-cultural problems, and women’s issues. She holds a Crisis and Trauma certification and has delivered professional presentations at several ministry conferences in the U.S. as well as in Israel and Tanzania. Linda and her husband have four married sons and five grandchildren.
Tim Wilson, M.A., N.C.C.
Tim is a Resident in Counseling and a board certified professional counselor. Tim is a child development specialist with extensive training in assessment and treatment if children with emotional/behavior disorders and autism. He has been trained in the Greenspan Floor Time treatment model. He also works with parents in teaching them skills needed to regulate behavior in their children. He is also trained in the use of various non-invasive brain stimulation techniques that increase neurological functioning and when paired with traditional treatments, increases positive outcomes.
Sophia D. Strange, M.A. LPC.
Sophia D. Strange, MA., is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over 13 years of experience helping children, adults and families navigate the struggles of mental health problems, communication needs and adjustment demands. Her specialty is working with Autism, both children and young adults anywhere on the spectrum – from most to least restrictive. Sophia has had training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) informed practices and the administration of the Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule (ADOS)for diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum disorders. In addition to this, Sophia has also been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – an advanced modality for treating trauma in children up to the age of 18 – and worked, for years, with children and families affected by trauma. She had additional experience treating Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Behavioral Concerns (including Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and family struggles. Due to her extensive work as a Case Manager for a local community services board, Sophia is adept at navigating complex federal and social services to access her client’s and families the resources they need to be the most successful versions of themselves. She is no foreigner to complex cases and colleagues have called her tenacious when finding solutions for her family members! Additionally, Sophia has experience in working with local law enforcement, guardian ad litems, social workers, foster agencies and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Her motto to the families that she serves is: "You can't give up because I won't give up.”