Dr. Norèal Armstrong

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department Chair

Norèal Armstrong

Dr. Noreal Armstrong came to Montreat on June 1, 2016 as an assistant professor for the Adult and Graduate Studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Armstrong is currently teaching Internship II and Introduction to Counseling. Within six months of her start date, Dr. Armstrong spearheaded the development of the Montreat College Counseling and Training Clinics for all three campuses. The clinic allows Montreat counseling students to provide free counseling to our local community members. Dr. Armstrong’s areas of interest include, substance abuse counseling, working with adolescents, research and counseling with the Deaf community spirituality in counseling, and African American women in academia.

Dr. Armstrong has taught secondary and postsecondary students in addition to working in her private counseling practice. She relocated to Asheville from San 18 months. During her eight years in the counseling profession, Dr. Armstrong has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, facilitated group, couple, and individual counseling, and supervised counseling interns. She is a licensed professional counselor supervisor, a national certified counselor, and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. Dr. Armstrong earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She completed her master’s in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M-Texarkana while teaching American Sign Language at Texas High School. Finally, Dr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her dissertation was titled A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Deaf Adults Participating in Alcoholics Anonymous in the United States.

Dr. Armstrong has received a number of service awards for her active participation in community and school events. She is a former president of the Sigma Alpha Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling honor society. She has two published articles, a book chapter published, and has presented at local, state, regional, and national levels. Dr. Armstrong currently does strategic planning for graduate students and is the clinicians chair for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. She has a passion for serving others and is honored to lead such a wonderful team.

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Armstrong, Noreal and Megan Clunan. “The Case of Harper, Courageous Cultural Conversations in the Counseling Room: Overcoming Complacency With Competence and Confidence.” In Cases on Cross-Cultural Counseling Strategies. IGI Global, 2020: 172-191.

Armstrong, Noreal F. “Killian’s Killer Love Affair.” In Child and Adolescent Counseling Case Studies: Developmental, Relational, Multicultural, and Systemic Perspectives. Eds. B. Jones, T. Duffey, and S. Haberstroh. New York: NY: Springer Publishing Company, 2016.

Armstrong, Noreal F. A Phenomenological study of the lived experience of deaf adults participating in Alcoholics Anonymous in the United States (Doctoral Dissertation) (2015). Retrieved from ProQuest. (3702232)

Armstrong, Noreal F. “Drawing the True You: Redefining Self-Perception Using an Integrated, Multisensory Intervention.” Journal of Creativity in Mental Health 10.3 (Oct. 2015): 324-338.

Juhnke, G.A., B.A. Juhnke, R.E. Watts, K.M. Coll, and N.F. Armstrong. “Using the Reflecting ‘As If’ Intervention to Reduce Bullying Behaviors.” VISTAS Online (2014): 1-8.