Brigitte Ritchey, PhD, Resident in Counseling


Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling: Professional Counseling, Liberty University, 2013

Institutional Honor: Graduate with Distinction

36 credit hours in Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, Liberty University

Master of Arts in Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Biola University, 1984


Virginia Association for Play Therapy Winter Conference, Charlottesville, VA, 2019

Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference, Phoenix AZ, 2018

AACC World Conferences, Nashville, TN, 2011, 2015 & 2017

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis


Association for Play Therapy (APT) – 2017 – Present

American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) – 2011 – Present

Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counselors (PACCC), Insured Student status – 2007 – 2009

As a former missionary serving overseas in a war setting, Brigitte became aware of the devastation caused by trauma and loss. While providing counsel and help to those affected by war, as well as to her fellow missionaries as a part of the Member Care Team for her area of the world, she realized she needed more training in professional counseling. After returning to the U.S., her focus has mainly been in the academic setting as a professor and providing counseling to the student population of a local university. She teaches family and child development courses, including an undergraduate course on Play Therapy. Her counseling style is relational, whether she’s working with children, teens or adults. She loves to see Jesus heal and grow an individual through the ministry of counseling.

In her free time, Brigitte loves to spend time with her husband of 35 years, and her three young adult children and their spouses. Whether it’s game or movie night, camping under the stars in beautiful Virginia, or tubing down the river, she enjoys being with her family.

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