Counseling Program Welcomes Professor Beth Peterson

Beth Peterson

Western's Counseling Program is pleased to announce that Beth Peterson has joined its Portland faculty team as assistant professor of counseling. Peterson comes to Western as an experienced clinician, having run her own private practice as a licensed professional counselor for six years. She also has many years of teaching experience and is nearing the completion of her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Regent University. 

"Beth has extensive experience integrating the Christian faith with practice," said Rachel Heffield, PhD, director of the Portland counseling program. "Her combination of training and experience give her rich insight into the training and development needs of aspiring counselors."

Peterson earned her MA in Counseling from Regent University and a BS in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University. As a clinician, she specializes in working with survivors of trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, anger, and relational issues.

"Nothing is more transforming than the gospel of Christ, and I am thrilled to be at Western Seminary, helping to fulfill the mission of the school," said Peterson. "Sitting with clients who hold opposing values and opinions and working in a way that is honoring to the gospel while following the ethics of the field is a challenge for Christian counselors in these present times."

Peterson will be teaching online courses and advising students remotely from Michigan, where she resides with her husband. They are members of Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor and host a weekly small group at their home.