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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Vanessa Snyder, PhD

Vice President Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery, Director Richmont Trauma Center, Associate Professor of Richmont Graduate University


Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D., is the Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery and an Associate Professor.  She is also the Director of the Richmont Trauma Center, Addictions Track Coordinator, and Trauma Track Coordinator.

Dr. Snyder is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, Master Traumatologist, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Green Cross Certified Trainer.

Snyder earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. A 2008 alumna of Richmont Graduate University, she holds her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Christian Sex Therapy. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications from Oral Roberts University.

Dr. Snyder owns a private practice in Atlanta specializing in the treatment of sexual abuse and trauma, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, sexual and gender identity issues, and marital and family counseling.

Dr. Snyder’s research focuses primarily on trauma, including the treatment of children and adults in the commercial sex trafficking trade. She also works with secondary traumatic stress in aftercare providers of trauma and complex trauma survivors, commonly called or “compassion stress” or “compassion fatigue.” Dr. Snyder has lead a number of Green Cross and Richmont Trauma Response Teams to different parts of the world working with refugees, widows of martyrs, trafficking victims, and those traumatized by natural and man-made disasters.

Snyder says of her work, “Whether it’s in the classroom, in a counseling session, or conducting research, this work has the capacity to be life-giving and life-changing. Ultimately, my desire is to see people set free and walk in the wholeness they were created to enjoy.”

Snyder frequently presents and guest lectures at universities, non-profit and commercial organizations, and churches around the globe. She serves as a credible source of information for news media covering sex trafficking, gender identity issues, sexuality, trauma and abuse, PTSD, “compassion fatigue,” and marriage and family issues. Snyder was recently featured on “The Trauma Therapist Project” podcast, available here.

Snyder resides in Roswell, Ga. with her husband and children.

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