School of Psychology & Counseling

Faculty Bios

Dr. Kathy Arveson

Dr. Kathy Arveson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (2008)
Assistant Professor (1999)

Areas of Interest
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • Integration of Spirituality with Counseling
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Treatment of Trauma

My work is characterized by my commitment to my students and clients. I received my Master's degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and I worked in the early years of my career in student services as an academic and program advisor. Since then, I have worked hard to ensure that my students find me to be accessible, helpful and interested in their every day concerns and long-term goals. I received my Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland.

During the years between my student development work and teaching at Regent University, I have concentrated on building a private practice and raising two daughters. My private practice includes developing a church counseling center and working with a variety of private agencies and developing a solo private practice. During the time at the church practice, I helped develop a Preparing for Marriage ministry to aid couples in preparing for marriage. I continue to work with this ministry today.

I love both counseling and teaching counseling skills to students. My teaching at Regent University is primarily focused on building clinical expertise in counseling skills and internship as well as teaching a wide variety of academic coursework.

My passion can be summarized by the word 'equipping.' I strive to equip students to be professional counselors, for clients to manage the challenges of their lives, and for couples to enter married life with realistic expectations and resources for success.

Outside of the classroom, my husband Paul and I were founding members (in 1978) of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C. The Institute is established to educate lay Christians in theology and assist them to apply a Christian mindset to all areas of life, both professional and personal. I have also served for several years as a mentor and board member for the National Center for Leadership.

I have been married to my husband Paul since 1973, and I have two grown daughters and a grandson. I enjoy swimming, tennis and working out in the gym.

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