Meet The Team

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Bellah Kiteki, Ph.D. 
Dr. Bellah Kiteki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (OH) and Nationally Certified Counselor. She is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Wheaton College, IL. Her research interests focus on African refugees, especially refugee youth, and the area of clinical supervision. In her research with African refugee youth, she aims to address areas of resilience, adjustment, and adaptation in new host country environments, and their educational trajectories. In clinical supervision, she aims to understand the lived experiences of counselors, students, and supervisors in her home country Kenya and the U.S. Due to the newness of clinical supervision in this Kenya, there is a paucity of research that centers on supervision and how it is conducted. She aims to contribute in the research in this area. Her recent research has focused on counselor experiences in clinical supervision in Kenya, international student trainees’ experiences in clinical supervision in the U.S., and impact of Covid-19 pandemic on refugee mental health. Aside from her teaching and research, she has consistently volunteered to either conduct groups or provide translation services with newly resettled African refugees through World Relief. 


 

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Brittany Wyche, PhD, LCMHCS, NCC

Dr. Brittany E. Wyche is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She has worked in the mental health field since 2008, and has worked as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina since 2012. She then became a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in NC in 2021. One constant Dr. Wyche has seen across the variety of settings she has worked in over the years is the significant impact of stress and trauma on individuals and their loved ones. Noticing the impact of trauma on clients and the vicarious impact of working with trauma on clinicians led Dr. Wyche to return to school in 2018 to complete her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since then, Dr. Wyche has focused on how to best educate, train, and prepare counselors and counselors-in-training to work with clients who have experienced trauma. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Wake Forest, Dr. Wyche also has a part-time private practice, Salem Bloom Counseling, PLLC. Clinically, Dr. Wyche focuses on working with folks with a variety of trauma experiences and related presentations. Some of her expertise includes supporting clients who: self-harm, have substance use disorders, engage in disordered eating and exercise, experience chronic suicidality, and who are often coping with complex co-occurring diagnoses as a result of their experiences. She also greatly enjoys working with other helpers who have experienced vicarious trauma. She currently works with adults, and has the most experience with adolescents and young adults. In terms of research, Dr. Wyche is most interested in program evaluation and exploring how to most effectively teach and learn about trauma. She is also interested in topics related to broaching different identities in the counseling relationship, culturally responsive care, trauma-informed and trauma-focused care, rupture and repair in the therapeutic relationship, and general counselor development.

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Dr. Michele Pinellas, Ed.D., RYT-500

Dr. Michele Pinellas is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Pinellas’ expertise focuses on trauma, substance abuse, suicide risk, child and adolescent social and emotional issues, and grief and loss. Dr. Pinellas has worked as a Professional School Counselor utilizing a trauma-informed lens throughout her work with students in person, in school settings, at home, and virtually. Her research and clinical work have included increasing resilience in minority youth who have experienced chronic adversity, holistic therapeutic interventions for youth, and school counselor advocacy.  Dr. Pinellas is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHCI), and Professional School Counselor in Florida. She has over eight years of experience working in the mental health profession.

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Laura R. Land,  Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CPCS

Dr. Laura R. Land is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to teaching at Richmont, Dr. Land was an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Community Counseling Clinic at the University of North Georgia. Prior to coming to She has a heart for community completing her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with minors in Public Health and Educational Research Methodology. Dr. Land’s areas of interest include trauma, child abuse prevention, community outreach/advocacy, and trauma pedagogy; namely exploring how we train new counselors to a level of competence to provide trauma-informed care. Areas of interest in her own clinical work include adjustment issues, self-compassion, crisis, trauma, identity formation, grief, shame, the disease of addiction, depression, anxiety, and loss. Dr. Land has worked as a licensed professional counselor utilizing a trauma-informed lens throughout her work with students in person, in school settings, detention centers, private practices, community clinics and organizations, hospitals, college counseling clinics, and rural outreach abroad in orphanages in South Africa, the Philippines, Norway, Belgium, and Germany. Her current research includes studies exploring trauma counseling competence among counselors-in-training, mindfulness and trauma counseling competence, as well as trauma and culture.  Dr. Land is passionate about advocacy, mental health parity, and utilizing program evaluation to aid community counseling agencies. Dr. Land is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) in Georgia. She has over fifteen years of experience working in the mental health profession.