Shenandoah University has a new director of counseling.
Nicholas Coleman, 08, M.A., LPC, is currently in his new position at the Counseling Center. He is also an adjunct professor in the university’s psychology department.
I am humbled by the opportunity that Shenandoah has provided me to be an agent of change to help the Counseling Center achieve its mission. Together, with the team of counselors, I look forward to working in the center as both a director and a clinician to help students reach their full potential.”
Nicholas Coleman, 08, M.A., LPC
Coleman is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Virginia. He has more than 13 years experience working in the mental health field with individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
“I believe that the therapeutic process should focus less on one’s past choices and more on the choices one would like to make going forward,” Coleman said. “I utilize an integrative approach to tailor therapy to the needs of the individual to include cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and positive psychology.”
Coleman has a Master of Arts in community mental health counseling from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Shenandoah University.
He said some of his primary goals as the director of counseling are to create an atmosphere of trust that promotes students’ change and growth, to increase accessibility to services by expanding the overall programs that the counseling center offers, and to challenge the stigma associated with mental health. He would also like to collaborate with the Shenandoah community and the community as a whole to create programming and services that promote student success.
We are so excited to have Nicholas join our counseling team and the Division of Student Affairs. His ethic of care, passion as a practitioner of mental health services and commitment to student wellness and prevention outreach will elevate our services to the campus community and promote health, engagement and success.”
Dr. Suzanne O’Driscoll, Dean of Students and Wellbeing, D.Prof.
The Counseling Center is located in Cooley Hall. To schedule an appointment, call (540) 665-4530.