Anita Neuer Colburn
Assistant Professor (2011)
- Supervision Training
- Counselor Development
- Qualitative Research Design
- Diagnostic Variance
- LGBT issues in Counseling and Supervision
- Multicultural Issues in Counseling and Supervision
- Social Justice
What an awesome God we serve! The only thing that I consider more of an honor and privilege than being a counselor is the opportunity to help guide others to become ethical, professional and competent counselors and counselor educators. Among the many things I've learned along the way is the simple reality that God really does have a plan for each of us. You may not always know what it is, regardless of how many times you ask. But if you remain faithful and obedient, He will show you. And "…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil 1:6).
My counseling roots are in Rehabilitation/Vocational Counseling, following an earlier career as an Executive Recruiter. After completing my master's degree, I thought my gifts would be best suited as a Career Counselor, putting together my professional experiences with my new training. I started a small private practice, and I did see some people with career needs (and still do), but more and more clients began to show up with depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I was overwhelmed and fearful that I wasn't skilled enough to help these folks. My licensure supervisor was wonderfully reassuring, and provided outstanding guidance, support and accountability as I grew into the clinician God meant for me to be. I didn't think I could be helpful to those who were deeply hurting, but ended up working with people from all kinds of situations, from career to relationship issues to trauma and abuse. I volunteered at the local Rape Crisis Center, and spent a portion of my time running a faith-based program for women. And God was ever present – He provided a steady stream of paying clients, even though I didn't take insurance. His love and provision supported me through a divorce and re-establishing my identity. Several years after earning my license, I began supervising practicum/internship students and pre-licensed clinicians. I worked as an adjunct professor at the local university, and carved out a niche in my practice for business consultation services where I led workshops for local organizations on team-building, communication, and leadership strategies. That's when I discovered how much I love teaching – and the dream to become a counselor educator was born. I unsure of my ability to survive a doctoral program, but God was persistent. I became more and more aware of clients who'd been harmed by incompetent or unethical counselors, leading to more motivation to help ensure that counselors would be appropriately equipped to do their work. It took a few years for me to respond to His call, but eventually I began the process of applying to doctoral programs. Although the transition to full-time student in a competitive PhD program was one of the toughest things I've been through, God provided the support that I needed in the form of new friends and mentors. The call to Regent has been "the icing on the cake" for me!! What could be better than using my gifts to help equip future counselors and counselor educators, and to be able to do it in a Christian environment? Regent's mission aligns with my personal mission…just one of the ways I knew that God was calling me here. When we work with clients, we are on Holy Ground indeed. And when I work with students, I feel the same way. It is an honor, privilege and awesome responsibility to be a member of the Regent faculty.
I enjoy advocacy work in the profession and in my local community, and like to invest in projects that will affect positive social change. And I try to spend as much time as I can with my brand new husband, our families and our friends.