Monica Paige Band, MA, CRC, NCC
Monica has 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. Monica received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the George Washington University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Marymount University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. She is recognized as National Certified Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Additionally, Monica is a Resident in Counseling in Virginia and provides individual counseling services to diverse clientele. She currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marymount University, teaching master’s level counseling students.
Monica saw a need for representation of counselors who have an interest and practice with existential world views which are relevant to the intersection of spirituality, religiosity, and cultural identities. As a result, she worked with members of VCA and ASERVIC to reactivate the division! The primary focus on her presidency is to develop a strong foundation for future growth.
Michael T. Trexler, MA, LPC, NCC
Mr. Michael Trexler, native of Peru, Indiana, has eleven years of experience working in the mental health field, as well as four years in music education. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and President-Elect of the Virginia Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (VA-ASERVIC). For the past four years, Michael has worked as a mental health counselor at Liberty University’s Student Counseling Services, and was recently promoted to Senior Counselor. Michael is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Liberty University. His research interests include emotion regulation, spiritual integration, assessment, and interventions, and diagnosing and treating problematic pornography use.
Michael is happily married to his wife, JungHee, and they have a beautiful daughter named Olivia (5). He holds two degrees: M.A. Professional Counseling, Liberty University, May 2012; B.S. Music Education, Indiana State University, May 2002. Michael is a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), Virginia Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (VA-ASERVIC), Virginia Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES), Lynchburg Area Counselors Association (LACA), and Chi Sigma Iota (Rho Eta Chapter).
As President-Elect, Michael is passionate about promoting the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies in counseling. He is currently in the process of surveying VCA members to determine how well we adhere to these spiritual competencies as a state, and what we need in order to become better equipped to ethically address spiritual and religious values in counseling. He intends to use his presidency to facilitate educational opportunities that help us develop more competency in the areas of spirituality and religion.
Tim Sosin, M.A.
Gary Wardlaw, M.A., LPC
Membership Committee Chair
Gary is a 1st year doctoral student at James Madison University in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. He graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Art degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and a resident in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to Gary’s role as the co-chair of membership for VA-ASERIVIC, he also serves as the President-Elect for the Lynchburg Area Counselor Association (LACA).
Gary is excited to serve in this division because it provides the platform to learn, express, and educate others on relevant topics from a spiritual perspective. Exploring the scriptures to bring perspective into life’s difficult situations, while applying practical application through biblical truths is essential to the healing and helping process. Gary delights in leading people to become aware of negative thinking so that one can view challenging situations more clearly and respond in a more effective way. This approach is rooted in Romans 12:2, which teaches transformation through the renewal of the mind. Therefore, cultivating an environment of restoration for those who have experienced hurt, broken-heartedness, and are in need of direction is Gary’s primary objective.
Gary’s specialties include: mental health consulting, crisis counseling, pre-marital therapy, marriage and family difficulties, psycho-education and individual therapy to address matters of depression, ADHD, ODD, grief, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Research interest include: God-Attachment, multiculturalism and social justice issues, and Residual Effective of Slavery and how it impacts academic, social, emotional and spiritual development.
Gary has a passion for both traveling and missions. In fact, he and his wife met on a mission’s trip to Uganda and Kenya in 2010. He has had the privilege to travel back to East Africa several times to provide counsel to the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Gary and his wife have one daughter with whom they adore, laugh, and play tea party with daily…and they are expecting again! He proudly serves on the leadership board at their local church as a deacon and is heavily involved in the community.
Lauren Maxwell, MA
VA-ASERVIC’s Graduate Student Representative
Lauren Maxwell is currently completing her final semester as a graduate student in Marymount University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program. Her research interests include issues of spirituality and multiculturalism in counseling settings. She is currently working on a research study investigating the effects of learning about near-death experiences on individuals coping with cancer. Lauren believes that spirituality can be an important aspect of an individual’s mental health and she is very excited to bring awareness to counseling and spirituality as a part of the VA-ASERVIC team!
John J.S. Harrichand, MA
VA-ASERVIC’s Graduate Student Representative
John J. S. Harrichand is a Doctoral Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and CSI-Rho Eta Chapter Secretary in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, and a Doctoral Counseling Intern in Student Counseling Services at Liberty University. In addition to serving as the Graduate Student Representative for the Virginia-ASERVIC, he serves as the Graduate Student Representative for the Lynchburg Area Counselors Association. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and is currently a Resident in Counseling, working on earning his Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor credentials in the state of Virginia. In his current capacities, Mr. Harrichand has been active in program review, advocacy, mentorship, research, and publication, and involved in professional counseling associations presenting at conferences in the areas of Counselor Education, Emotional Intelligence, Attachment, and Math Anxiety. In relation to ASERVIC’s mission, Mr. Harrichand’s interests focus on the integration of spirituality in counseling using a bio-psycho- social-spiritual framework, and the practice of mindfulness by both counselors and clients. He recently received the 2015-2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Assistant Award from his department in conjunction with the Graduate School at Liberty University, and the 2016 Virginia Counselors Association Emerging Leader Award. His research interests include counselor education and the CACREP self-study accreditation process; attachment theory, emotional intelligence, and resilience; and the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance use, and trauma related disorders. Mr. Harrichand is excited to be serving the VA-ASERVIC community because it provides him with a forum to advocate for spiritual and religious inclusivity; representing a myriad of value systems, religious beliefs, and spiritual identities. His hobbies include staying physically fit through exercise, travelling to new places, and watching Korean dramas and Japanese animation.
Janelle Bettis, MA, LCPC, NCC, ACS
Janelle Bettis is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maryland. Ms. Bettis obtained her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Washington DC. Ms. Bettis is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision at Argosy University, Washington DC. Ms. Bettis has 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a myriad of diagnoses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD. Ms. Bettis has worked in a variety of settings such as school, in home, clinic and within the community. Research interests include clinical supervision, wellness, professional development, in home therapy, religion/ spirituality, counselors in training, and distance learning/ supervision. Ms. Bettis currently serves as Professional Development Chair for CSI at Argosy University, Sigma Phi Sigma chapter, NBCC Foundations Mentor 2015- Present, Maryland Counseling Association- Advocacy Chair, ASERVIC- Graduate Student Representative- Elect, and SACES Co-Chair Graduate Student Committee. “I am excited to serve ASERVIC at the state and national level. I feel I can network and gain an understanding of the needs of our field in various ways!”
Maya Georgieva, M.A., NCC
Maya Georgieva, M.A., NCC is a doctoral candidate in counselor education and supervision at Marymount University, and a resident in counseling. In her role of adjunct professor at Marymount University, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentors counselors in training. Maya works with adolescent and adult clients at a private practice in Virginia. Maya serves three regional professional associations as a volunteer.
ASERVIC’s Membership Committee Chair
Michelle Lopez is a Graduate Counseling Intern at a private practice and is in her final year of Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in couples work, multicultural issues, as well as grief and loss. She is trained in Humanistic Sandtray Therapy (HST) and is currently receiving training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an approach to couples counseling that could also be used with families and individuals.
Michelle values her spirituality and incorporates it into her practice, while simultaneously valuing her clients’ own belief systems. Her research interests include attachment theory, multiculturalism and social justice, and counselor education and supervision.
To stay current with mental healthcare trends, Michelle is a member of professional organizations: American Counseling Association (ACA), Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the Counseling Honor Society.