LaVerne H. Collins, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She holds additional certifications as a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health provider, Master Addictions Counselor, Board Certified Coach, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, International Family Trauma Specialist, and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. She is trained in Gottman Methods for Couples Counseling and enjoys helping couples strengthen their relationship.
LaVerne is a respected trainer, independent author, textbook contributor, and consultant. She holds a BS in Management and Communications from Syracuse University, an M.S. Ed. in Community Counseling from Duquesne University, and a PhD in Christian Counseling from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She has over 25 years of clinical experience and has clinical interests in the areas of women’s issues, race-based trauma, grief/loss; anxiety, time-management, depression, substance use disorders, stage of life issues and adjustments problems’, and couples’ issues (including marriage, divorce, infidelity, remarriage and blended family concerns).
As a Clinician, LaVerne has a passion for diverse populations and multicultural interests. She is sensitive to the challenges faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color in today’s society and the unfortunate stigma often associated with counseling among diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups. LaVerne understands that sharing one’s problems with a stranger is an act of courage, and she strives to always create a safe space for those courageous conversations with clients to happen.
LaVerne enjoys interior decorating, gospel music, writing, sunshine, and beaches. As a high schooler, LaVerne traveled internationally for the first time, visiting France and Spain with fellow students. At that time, she realized she absolutely loved traveling; and international travel became one of her passions. So far, she’s visited every continent except Antarctica! Since 1993, she has used that passion on the mission field. From 2004 to 2019, she led Christian mission trips to Africa to give opportunities for multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams to have short-term mission trips with long-term impact, and to train international Mental Health Facilitators.
Finally, and most importantly, LaVerne believes that every life has a God-given purpose and each of us is uniquely equipped by God for the fulfillment of that purpose. LaVerne describes her purpose as “helping people develop and embrace new responses to life.”