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Kathleen R. Arveson, Ph.D.
Senior LecturerCounseling DepartmentMore about Kathleen R. Arveson, Ph.D.

Kathleen R. Arveson, Ph.D.


Dr. Kathleen Arveson's work is characterized by her commitment to students and clients. She received a Master's degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and worked in the early years of her career in student services as an academic and program advisor. Since then, she has worked hard to ensure that her students find her to be accessible, helpful and interested in their everyday concerns and long-term goals. She received a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.

During the years between student development work and teaching at Regent University, she concentrated on building a private practice and raising two daughters. Her private practice includes developing a church counseling center, working with a variety of private agencies, and developing a private practice. During the time at the church practice, she helped develop a Preparing for Marriage Ministry.

Her teaching at Regent University is primarily focused on building clinical expertise in counseling skills and internship as well as teaching a wide variety of academic coursework. She summarizes her passion by the word 'equipping.' She strives to equip students to be professional counselors, for clients to manage the challenges of their lives, and for couples to enter married life with realistic expectations and resources for success.

Outside of the classroom, she and her husband were founding members (in 1978) of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C. The Institute is established to educate lay Christians in theology and assist them to apply a Christian mindset to all areas of life, both professional and personal. She also served for several years as a mentor and board member for the National Center for Leadership.



Ph.D. Pastoral Counseling, Loyola College

M.A. Counseling and College Student Personnel, University of Maryland

B.A. Psychology, University of Maryland Licensure/Certification: Certified Professional Counselor


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Park, J.S., Arveson, K., Newmeyer, M., & Underwood, L.A. (2018) Comparing behavioral health graduate students in spiritual and religious competence. Spiritual Psychology & Counseling, Vol. 3.

Salwen, E., Underwood, L., Dy-Liacco, G. and Arveson, K. (2017). Self-disclosure and Spiritual well-being in pastors seeking professional help. Pastoral Psychology.

Arveson, K. (2008). "Challenges for the empty nest marriage." Faith & Therapy. Vol 2(1).

Arveson, K. (2007). "Building a sound marital house: issues to consider when counseling couples preparing for marriage." Faith & Therapy. Vol 1 (3).

Arveson, K. (2006). "A conceptual model for integrating spirituality into the diagnosis and counseling treatment plan." In Waltz, G., Bleurer, J., Yep, R. Vistas: Compelling Perspectives on Counseling 2006. ACA, Alexandria VA.

Arveson, K. (Fall, 2003). "Theophostic ministry and schizophrenia." Journal of the International Association for Theophostic Ministry, Vol. 1, p. 32-34.

Encyclopedia Entries, Interviews & Book Reviews:

Arveson, K. (2004). Review of the book, Keeping the Faith in Late Life by Susan Eisenhandler, Sociology of Religion, Vol. 65 (3), 306-307.

Arveson, K. (1993) "Who is studying religion? An analysis of religious variables in psychology dissertations," 1983-1987. (Doctoral dissertation). Baltimore: Loyola College.

Other Publications:

Arveson, K. (2010). "How to prepare for the empty nest." New Life Webpage, June, 2010:


Current Professional Affiliations and Development: Certified Professional Counselor (Maryland Certification #000645)

Member, American Counseling Association (ACA)

Member, Christian Association of Psychological Services (CAPS)

Certified Field Traumatologist, Green Cross, 2013

Certified Prepare-Enrich Counselor

Consultant, New Life Ministries

Certification, Emotionally Focused Therapy, 2012, Falls Church, VA