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Our Clinical and Mental Health Counseling students dive deep into theory, research, and practice with faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. It’s a true mentoring relationship—one of the best ways to learn counseling skills.


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Dr. Gregg Blanton, LPCS, LMFT
Professor of Human Services

Dr. Gregg Blanton has served on the faculty of Montreat College since 1997. Dr. Blanton earned a B.S. from Evangel College, an M.Ed. at Converse College, an M.Ed. at Clemson University, and an Ed.D. in counselor education from Texas A&M University—Commerce. In addition to teaching at Montreat College, Dr. Blanton maintains a private practice providing marriage, family, and individual therapy, as well as supervision of other counselors. Dr. Blanton has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than 15 years, working in a variety of institutional settings.  He is a member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Courses: Professional Orientation to Counseling; Theories and Techniques in Counseling; Counseling Practicum; Counseling Internship; Spirituality and Religion in Counseling; Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Brad Faircloth
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Brad Faircloth arrived at Montreat College in 2011.  He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame where he studied the effects of marital conflict on children. Dr. Faircloth has published several peer reviewed journal articles as well as presented results of the Happy Couples Happy Kids program at several national research conferences. Dr. Faircloth is currently a research associate at the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program (FIPP) and investigator at the Center for Advanced Study of Early Childhood and Family Support Practices of the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, NC. His current research interests include the effectiveness of Fatherhood support programs, ongoing testing of the Happy Couples Happy Kids program, and Early Head Start and Early Intervention program evaluation. Dr. Faircloth has experience working as a Senior Research Associate with the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program serving Alexander, Burke, and Catawba Counties, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Courses: Counseling Across the Lifespan; Research Methods in Counseling

Dr. Kristel W. Headley, LPC-MHSP, ACS

Dr. Headley holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, and an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Dr. Headley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider Designation in Tennessee and also holds the Approved Clinical Supervisor Credential. She is the Clinical Director for Tennessee Community Health Services, Inc. and has worked in a variety of clinical settings.

Courses: Theories and Techniques of Counseling; Professional Orientation in Counseling

Dr. Janet Lutz, LMFT

Dr. Lutz has a Ph.D. with a major in Counselor Education from the University of Florida, an Ed.S. in Community Agency Counseling from University of Florida, an M.S. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Wake Forest University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Hood College. Dr. Lutz is currently the Clinical Director at Adolescents and Children in Treatment, following over 15 years of work in various private practice settings.

Courses: Professional Orientation to Counseling; Counseling Across the Lifespan

Dr. LoriAnn Stretch, LPCS, NCC, ACS

Dr. LoriAnn Stretch has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from NC State University and an M.S. in Community and College Counseling from Longwood College. She has been an instructor for seated and online graduate counseling programs for over a decade, and has experience providing counseling services to children, youth, and adults in private practice, school settings, and at the college/university level. 

Courses: Ethics and Ethical Practice in Counseling

Curriculum Written: Multicultural Counseling

Curriculum Writers:
 Jenny C. Barrow, Ph.D., LPC, NCC: Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from NC State University, and holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling from East Carolina University.  Dr. Barrow is a School Counselor serving high school students and families.

Curriculum Written: Counseling Skills; Counseling Across the Lifespan