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. He is the creator of the High Capacity Model of Well-being. 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 is a Resident and trained provider in sLoRETA neurofeedback and QEEG. She serves as a staff psychometrician, resident counselor, and a trained EMDR provider.
Dr. John Thomas
Dr. Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in marriage and family therapy. He is also a certified sex therapist and certified substance abuse counselor. He is the Clinical Director of the Center for Sexual Healing and Wholeness at Advanced Psychotherapeutics. Dr. Thomas has two doctoral degrees. The first in Counselor Education and the other in Industrial Organizational Psychology. He is an author of popular and academic books and is a highly sought after speaker in the area of marriage counseling and sex therapy. Dr. Thomas is also a Professor of Counseling in the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. He also worked as a consultant for DuPont for many years.
Dr. David Mikkelson
Dr. David Mikkelson brings many years of experience to his current work as a licensed marriage and family therapist. He served as a civilian pastor and as a military chaplain for 20 years and, along with his prior military service, retired in 2013 with 29 total years of military service. He has lived in 3 foreign countries and served in many others, giving him a lifetime of experience in working with people of different cultures and backgrounds. As a Christian pastor, David is fully committed to following Jesus and to the good news of healing, fullness, and freedom that comes with faith in Christ. As a military chaplain, he actively protected every person’s right to choose and practice his or her religion. David is committed to respecting your faith commitments and to helping you discover how your values impact both the concerns you bring for counseling and how you choose to address those concerns.
Dr. Mikkelson specializes in marriage and family issues, dealing with adultery, parenting challenges, and helping families address mental health issues together as a team. He also has many years of experience helping military couples address the unique pressures and challenges of military life. David holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, two master’s degrees, and has trained more than 50 pastors and clinicians. He is able to apply a number of counseling methods and interventions and is fully committed to working with clients to choose the method that will be most helpful for them. Please feel free to contact the office for a Professional Disclosure Statement that more fully addresses David’s background, education, experience, methods, and values.
Dr. Jeff Boatner
Dr. Boatner holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Liberty University, where he also serves as a faculty member for the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies. He is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist with over 10 years of experience working with children and families. Originally from San Diego, California, Dr. Boatner’s diverse work background includes a stint in the Army, working residentially with disabled adults, serving as a missionary in Russia and working as a counselor and manager of a therapeutic foster care program. Dr. Boatner has received training in a variety of evidence based counseling approaches and tends to employ a client-centered, solution-focused approach. Dr. Boatner’s doctoral research focused on the father-daughter relationship, and he has done specialized group work to promote this relationship. Dr. Boatner and his wife, Barbara, have 4 children, 3 of whom are daughters.
Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley
Anita Knight Kuhnley, Ph.D. has served as an Associate Professor of Counseling at Liberty University for the past ten years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Kuhnley earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University and her M.A. in Community Counseling from Regent University. Kuhnley is also certified as a highly reliable coder of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) through Mary Main and Eric Hesse’s UC Berkeley AAI coder certification program (note, the AAI is an assessment that reveals an individual’s primary relational style; Dr. Kuhnley provides a comprehensive assessment and strategies for moving toward a secure style through the course of therapy), and Kuhnley is also a certified relationship coach. Anita Knight Kuhnley has received training from the Harvard McLean School of Medicine in Attachment and is the co-author of the book Redeeming Attachment. She is also the co-author of three other books, dozens of book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research and publications have covered topics such as emotional intelligence, attachment, sexual identity, neurobiology, and research-based counseling skills and techniques. She is a blogger for the American Counseling Association and a guest blogger for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. Kuhnley trains graduate level counseling students in counseling skills and techniques and research methods. She also co-mentors a team of graduate researchers at Liberty University in the School of Behavioral Sciences and has worked with a group of stellar students and colleagues to develop a research based approach to increasing attachment security, and particularly God attachment in adults. She is a scientist practitioner who uses research about what is effective given a client’s presenting concern to inform her practice, and then in turn, she uses that practice to inform her research.
Dr. Kuhnley has served as a lead counselor at a faith based substance abuse treatment facility, Teen Challenge. There she served as an individual, family, and group therapist. She also coordinated a college counseling center at a college in Eastern Virginia. She has developed groups for students with math and test anxiety, and conducted advanced study skills training groups, and also conducts anger regulation, and emotional intelligence training groups. Dr. Kuhnley specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship/attachment challenges.