Dr. Laurel Shaler is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.

Dr. Shaler is a former mental health social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs where she provided psychotherapy services to veterans in individual, group, and marriage/family formats. She treated a wide variety of mental health concerns, with a focus on the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder with the evidence based therapy of Cognitive Processing Therapy. She also developed a highly successful anger management curriculum.

Dr. Shaler’s clinical experience is varied and includes time spent working in a state psychiatric facility with females, working in a grant funded drug and alcohol prevention program in a rural county, and providing contract services for the Department of Defense. She has received specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy, PREPARE/ENRICH, Military Sexual Trauma, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Disaster Relief/Crisis Intervention, Guardian Ad Litem, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute.

Dr. Shaler’s teaching experience includes adjunct and part time work for Capella University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina. She is now an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of the Arts in Professional Counseling program within the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies in the School of Behavioral Sciences at Liberty University where she participates in numerous research teams. She is a former Department Chair and also previously directed the Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling program with enrollment of over 9,000 students. Selected publications are listed under the “Books & Articles” tab on the website.

Dr. Shaler’s current clinical, research, speaking, and writing interests include:

  • Adoption and Attachment
  • Anger Management
  • Christian Integrated Counseling
  • Crisis Assessment and Intervention
  • Emotional Well-Being of Women
  • Military, Veteran, and Military Spouse populations
  • Pre-Marital and Marital Therapy
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Shaler has been inducted into Chi Sigma Iota (the International Honors Society for Counselors), is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors, and is a board member for the South Carolina Counseling Association. She has presented dozens of presentations for local, state, and national conferences, and has also presented at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica.  Dr. Shaler enjoys contributing to the professions of counseling and social work and to the community at large through volunteer work.

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