School of Psychology & Counseling

Faculty Bios

Olya Zaporozhets
Assistant Professor (2012)

Areas of Interest
  • International Counseling Education
  • Sexual Identity and Christian Faith
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Measure Development and Rasch Analysis
  • Ethical Decision Making

"Run in such a way that you may win" (1 Cor. 9:24). Running with purpose is honorable and makes life worth living. A lot of times I catch myself on a thought that my life and the lives of my students are like this very exciting, and at times exhausting race. I like teaching at Regent because this allows me to train Christian spiritual athletes to be instrumental in bringing healing to the lives of other people. I also like to teach the importance of breathing and pacing yourself in this race. It is a key to success in the counseling profession.

I have a passion for the international community. Being an international student myself at one point, I made friends with students across the globe and learned about the need in counseling training in many places of the world firsthand. Later I was honored to train Christian leaders in mental health counseling in Europe and Asia. Of course, out of all places in the world, there is one country that takes a special place in my heart. That is Ukraine, my motherland. Currently at Regent we conduct a unique cross-cultural supervision project in Ukraine, where Regent counseling students train and supervise local Christian counseling students in their practice. It is a very exciting project because we train the first counselors for the community that so desperately needs them.

My clinical experiences were rather diverse. During my practice in Ohio, I provided drug and alcohol treatment as well as facilitated sexual offender groups and conducted crises work. During my internship at a partial hospitalization program I worked with children, adolescents, and their families in the environment of daily crises. My love of working with children was a surprise that I discovered through experience.

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