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Alumni Story: Nick Hersey, LAPC

Alumni Story: Nick Hersey, LAPC

Graduate school was one of the most pivotal decisions in my life.  When I was a teenager I had a miraculous encounter with the Holy Spirit that left me with an unquenchable desire to love on the most broken people of the world.  Throughout my years of ministry I have had a variety of opportunities to work with individuals in very unique ways, but none of the programs and few of the relationships I developed had the impact that I craved.  I realized that I wasn’t equipped to tackle the most challenging obstacles people face: healing from histories of brokenness.  With that, I believed God was calling me to hone my skills in understanding developmental processes, effects of trauma, and how to best recover from them.  I had always been skeptical of the science of psychology and wanted a perspective that was filtered through the lens of Scripture.  After many months of prayer I was sure that God was calling me to pursue my education through Richmont; little did I know just how well He would prepare me!  After being exposed to the world of mental health services I quickly became aware of the quality of education Richmont provides, and how comparable programs left graduates lacking many of the necessary tools to effectively meet clients’ needs.  I couldn’t imagine trying to help UN war refugees work through the horrific tragedies they’ve endured without the caliber of knowledge and depth of experience God blessed me with through my time at Richmont.

Nick Hersey, LAPC

Alumni Story: Laura Belli

Alumni Story: Laura Belli

In 2006, I graduated from Richmont and began working with Legacy Strategy, a private practice, under the supervision of Dr. Diane Pearce. Legacy Strategy is a Christian counseling group in Kennesaw, Georgia, that offers specialized individual, family, play, and marital therapy. We provide quality Biblically based counseling that is intentionally integrated into the therapeutic process. One of the reasons why I chose to study at Richmont is the fact that they train students how to integrate Theology and Psychology into the counseling setting.

I treat trauma, self-harm, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. Young adults and teens are my passion. After graduating I sought advanced training with ISSTD in regards to the treatment of dissociative disorders. Learning and growing never ceases. I have been given the opportunity to speak at schools, churches, lead groups and premarital seminars. Because of the quality education that I received at Richmont, I am able to treat families and individuals in the therapeutic setting and have an influence in the community.

I am in the process of completing the new requirements for LPC supervisors! As of November 2012 I will be supervising students and associates working towards licensure.

Supervising students is my way of giving back to others what was given to me. Encouraging students to meet their potential while giving ethical, quality, professional care is vital for the future of our profession. While at Richmont, I gained the confidence to meet the potential that God put within me. I can honestly say I feel excited every day to be in the field of counseling and to be given the opportunity to be used by God and watch Him intervene daily in the lives of others!