Current Counselors

All of our counselors are Licensed or have completed their Masters Degree and are doing their residency with HFT to obtain their license.

The counselors-in-training at Hope Academy come to Hope Academy as graduate students or resident counselors working towards licensure. Although clients are not meeting with a Licensed Professional Counselor, every client indirectly receives the support and care of a Licensed Professional Counselor. The Licensed Professional Counselor provides weekly supervision and through the use of audio/video recording, ensures quality supervision for the counselor and quality services for the client.

Counselors in Training in Hope Academy

AllLynchburg-DowntownAppomattoxSchool-based
Joseph Leonard
Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Joseph Leonard

Kelsey Petersen
Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Kelsey Petersen

Mary Boyette
MA, Resident Counselor (Appomattox, Lynchburg-Downtown, School-based)

Mary Boyette

Amanda Clark
Resident Counselor (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Amanda Clark

Hannah Jacklin
Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Hannah Jacklin

Lizzie Oekerman
Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Lizzie Oekerman

Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Joseph Leonard

Joe is a counselor in training, expected to graduate from Liberty University in August of 2023 with his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Joe Received his undergraduate degree in Theology from Moody Bible Institute.

Joe strives to perceive each person through the lens of Unconditional Positive Self Regard. He primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in his treatment planning, and works with people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and Trauma.

In his free time, Joe enjoys being outside: hiking, camping, biking, etc. He also enjoys a variety of board/card games as well as a good, thoughtful book or article.

Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Kelsey Petersen

Kelsey Petersen is a Graduate Student enrolled at Liberty University. Kelsey is pursuing her degree in Marriage and Family Counseling with an expected graduation date of May 2023. Kelsey primarily works with couples, families, and individuals diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms consistent with the following diagnoses or concerns: Major Depressive Disorder and other depressive disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, relationship/marriage conflict, attachment disorders, and parent/child conflict.

In Kelsey’s spare time she enjoys being with family and friends, making watercolor paintings, collages, baking, and adventures admiring the beauty of nature.

MA, Resident Counselor (Appomattox, Lynchburg-Downtown, School-based)

Mary Boyette

Mary is a Resident Marriage and Family Therapist pursuing her licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia. Mary graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. 

Mary primarily works with children, adolescents, couples, families, and individuals diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms consistent with the following diagnoses: Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Gender Dysphoria, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders.

As part of Mary’s work as a counselor, she tends to operate from cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential therapy which means that as a client, you could expect to explore your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that impact your feelings and actions. You can also expect the opportunity to explore an experience through action and engagement with props, role-play, psychodrama, and arts and crafts. 

In Mary’s spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Resident Counselor (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark is a Resident Counselor pursuing her licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. Amanda graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.

Amanda primarily works with adolescents and adults, though recently has enjoyed family therapy and working with children. She is contemplating becoming an eating disorder specialist and working with other substance abuse issues. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Counseling-Traumatology at Liberty University.

As part of Amanda’s work as a counselor, she tends to operate from a Narrative approach or Solution-focused approach, which means that as a client, you could expect to see change and a difference in the behaviors, as well as learning how to achieve the highest potential through growth and new development.

In Amanda’s spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening, hunting and fishing; anything outdoors she is most likely doing! She also enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. The most important aspect of Amanda’s career is to find ways to show clients how to become the healthiest version of themselves.

Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Hannah Jacklin

Hannah Jacklin is a Graduate Student enrolled at Liberty University. Hannah is pursuing her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an expected graduation date of December 2023. Hannah primarily works with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, and groups diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms consistent with the following diagnoses: life changes, anxiety, and attachment.

In Hannah’s spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband.

Counselor in Training (Lynchburg-Downtown)

Lizzie Oekerman

Lizzie is a Graduate Student enrolled at Liberty University. Lizzie is pursuing her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an expected graduation date of December 2023. Lizzie primarily works with adolescents, adults, individuals, groups diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms consistent with the following diagnoses: anxiety, depression, self-esteem and body image related issues.

In Lizzie’s spare time she enjoys supporting LU’s Men’s D2 hockey team, finding new coffee shops in town, and exploring new walking paths and hikes in Virginia.

Administrator Hope Academy

Dr. Henry Bruns

Henry is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor in the state of Virginia. Henry has been with Hope for Tomorrow since August 2020 and earned his Master’s in Professional Counseling as well as his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Liberty University.

Henry’s primary role with the organization is as the Director for the Hope Academy of Counselor Excellence where he oversees the operations of the program and supervises counselors-in-training.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Henry has been providing counseling services for 10 years, working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples with a wide range of symptoms and behaviors, including depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment, ADHD, anger, grief and loss, oppositional behaviors, foster/adoptive families, and marriage counseling.

His clinical theoretical orientation when working with children and some adolescents is grounded in key concepts from play therapy but Henry is not certified as a play therapist at this time. Henry’s work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families is primarily grounded in schema therapy which is an expansion of cognitive behavioral therapy by emphasizing childhood and adolescent origins of current functioning, the counselor-client relationship, and identification of unhelpful strategies used for coping. Henry believes that by recognizing our beliefs about self, others, the world in general, and God (as indicated) we can identify our evidence for and against our beliefs and therefore make choices that either keep us stuck in our current functioning or assist us in becoming unstuck.

Henry has taken training for Cognitive Processing Therapy and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

In his spare time, Henry enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and foster son playing games and beekeeping, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing by listening to worship music and watching TV.

Hope Academy

409 Court Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Call: 434.473.7081
Email: hopeacademy@patrickhenry.org