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MHC Mission Statement

The Nyack College online MA-MHC is committed to developing students for the role of mental health practitioners that are professionally licensed, who are emotionally mature, clinically sound, professionally competent, and spiritually grounded, to do God’s healing work in broken lives, couples, and families.

Program Highlights

  • Three year degree: 63 credit program, MA in Mental Health Counseling
  • Licensure program: More marketability and earning potential
  • Cohort model: Build long-lasting relationships with professors and up to 24 students in your cohort
  • Same courses and sequence: With scheduled time (synchronous) and any time access (asynchronous) online components
  • Fully online: With a required annual 7 day residency in Nyack, NY to meet and work with faculty and fellow students
  • Starts each Fall: At most two nights a week (e.g. 7-9pm EST) of scheduled remote synchronous interaction

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, candidates are expected to have:

  • Acquired a strong academic course of study, which integrates the science of modern mental health with Biblical truths.
  • Attained a high level of knowledge regarding basic counseling skills commensurate with the degree offered.
  • Acquired a working understanding of personal ethics and values essential for the practice of effective counseling and therapy.

Benefits of the Online MA in MHC Degree

  • Fit into your busy lifestyle graduate level courses from the comforts of your own home or while traveling.
  • Equip yourself to earn a fee for professional service and pursue state licensure to increase your earning potential.
  • Improve your interpersonal effectiveness with a myriad of personality styles and disorders.
  • Engage both your faith and psychological principles in the healing process of yourself and others.
  • Enable personal growth and the exploration of how your beliefs and values affect people from diverse backgrounds.


The application process can be a little intimidating. As such, I would like to personally invite you to our free, 30-minute, Virtual Application Workshop! This online session is intended to help answer your questions regarding anything related to the application process. RSVP to  with the dates and times that work for you.

Upcoming Residencies

  • Summer 2019 (August): Monday August 5, 2019 – Saturday August 10, 2019

Dr. Lisa Steiner, Ph.D., LMHC, LPC, MBA is the Director of the Online Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College. She completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Regent University and her MA in Counseling at Nyack College / Alliance Graduate School of Counseling – Rockland campus. She also has her MBA in Finance from Pace University and her BS in both Business (Accounting) and Computer Science from Montclair State University.

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey, Dr. Steiner is the owner and a counselor at Wellsprings Counseling Center, LLC with six locations throughout New York and New Jersey. Prior to becoming Director of the Online Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College, she was on full-time faculty at Nyack College / Alliance Graduate School of Counseling – New York City campus.

Dr. Steiner is committed to conducting research, with Nyack College’s MA in Counseling students, to examine the relationship between spiritual factors and mental health. As an outgrowth of her Fall 2013 AGSC-NYC Research class, she led an effort with three AGSC students and wrote a 14-page peer-reviewed article on the effect of initiator status, spousal infidelity, and spiritual well-being on men’s divorce adjustment that was published in the Journal of Divorce & Remarriage in February 2015. In the summer of 2015, she facilitated the contributions of four AGSC students and wrote a 30-page article based on a study conducted by her Fall 2014 AGSC-NYC Research class. In August 2016 that article, entitled Spiritual Factors Predict State and Trait Anxiety, was published in the Journal of Health & Religion. Dr. Steiner and her online students have more recently conducted research on the relationship between sin awareness and mental health constructs. She is in the process of working with a handful of students, faculty, and staff to write up these results.

Furthermore, Dr. Steiner is a Certified Empowerment Coach and the President of Wellsprings Coaching Services, LLC. With her MBA and over twenty years of corporate experience, she was most recently a business executive at IBM, and she also held various other leadership and staff positions. As the parents of two young children, she and her husband have their hands full balancing their professional and personal responsibilities.

EMAIL DR. STEINER if you are interested in Nyack College’s Online MA in Mental Health Counseling at

Dr. Colette Blakely

Description: Colette Blakely is an adjunct professor who has her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, and her MA in School Counseling from Concordia University. She is both a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified School Counselor in the State of Illinois. Besides having built several courses for Nyack College’s online MA in MHC, she has developed and taught various Masters in Mental Health Counseling courses at North Park University, Governor State University, and Chicago State University. Dr. Blakely has taught a variety of graduate psychology-related courses including Group Dynamics, Social and Cultural Foundations, Research, Assessment Techniques, and Career Counseling.

Dr. Angelia Dickens

Dr. Angelia Dickens is an adjunct professor who has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and an MA in Community Counseling from Regent University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. She is full time/core faculty at Capella University where she teaches in the Masters Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision programs. Dr. Dickens has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds in community, military, and private practice settings. She has experience with adults, children, adolescents, marriage and family counseling, addictions counseling, and mental health counseling.

Dr. Deborah Foulkes

Description: Deborah Foulkes has been an adjunct professor at AGSC since 2013.   She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Dr. Foulkes received a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and an M.A. in Counseling from Nyack College.  She has also completed post graduate education in the area of Global Trauma Recovery with an immersion experience in Rwanda.  As an adjunct faculty member at AGSC, Dr. Foulkes has taught Group Therapy and Counseling, Theories and Foundations of Counseling, and Measurements and Assessment. Her research interests include Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma, Trauma Recovery in International Settings, and Spiritual Integration.  In addition to her role as an adjunct faculty member at AGSC, Dr. Foulkes is a clinical counseling practitioner at her own private practice in New Jersey where she specializes in trauma recovery.  Dr. Foulkes has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings where she has provided services to adults, children, adolescents and families.  As an educator, Dr. Foulkes has taught in Higher Education since 2008.

Prof. Angela Fung

Professor Angela Fung started as a Ph.D. Intern for the online MA in MHC program at Nyack College, and she is now transitioning to be an adjunct professor this Fall. Professor Fung is a national certified counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York. She completed her MA in counseling at Nyack College and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision at Regent University. She is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator as well as a Certified Therapist in EMDR. As a clinician, Professor Fung works with individuals, couples, and groups addressing a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, parenting, relationship issues, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress and disordered eating at Redeemer Counseling Services. Her passion to teach includes topics related to Research & Methods, Crisis Intervention, Group Therapy, Spirituality & Mental Health, Supervision & Consultation, and Human Development. She is also a high school Spanish teacher with over 16 years of experience. Professor Fung and her husband, Jonathan, have been married since 2004 and have two children.

Dr. Shirlyn Garrett

Dr. Shirlyn Garrett is an adjunct professor who has her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, and her MA in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Illinois. She has developed and taught various Masters in Mental Health Counseling courses at Argosy University-Chicago, Adler University, and Chicago State University, including Group Dynamics, Play Therapy, Educational Psychology, Clinical Mental Health, Practicum and Internship. Dr. Garrett’s motto is, “I am a woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.” (Maya Angelou)

Dr. Antoinette Ginés-Rivera

Dr. Antoinette Ginés-Rivera (aka Dr. Toni) has been an Assistant Professor and Director of Internship and Field Placement for AGSC-NYC since 2011.  She received her degree in Bilingual School Psychology from Fordham University and Ph.D. in Counseling Education & Supervision from Regent University. Her counseling specializations include migration, family reunification, acculturation, and assimilation entering the United States as well as the psychopathology of the sexually abused and victimized individual.  She was also selected by American Counseling Association and the Journal of Counselor Development to contribute a chapter in a book representing the counseling practices of 41 countries around the world. Her doctoral research led her to Honduras where she investigated the counseling needs of the Honduran population for the development of a Spanish counseling training program specific to the Honduran population which is currently being developed.

Dr. Marti J. Glass

Dr. Marti J. Glass is a Christian professional with experience in mental health, education, and the criminal justice system. He is a competent presenter, facilitator, and writer as well as having a reputation for innovative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and an ability to produce results. Dr. Glass has a wealth of experience he brings to the classroom and has the ability to interact with a variety of different people and cultures. He has been a guest speaker at Marriage seminars and as well as numerous classes taught at the Church and the University levels.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeast Louisiana University, Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.

Dr. Glass has extensive experience in private practice in several settings. His specialty practice areas include Marriage counseling, sexual/internet addictions and several other areas of practice. Teaching and research interest’s include the preceding as well Addictions counseling and therapy of children and adolescents. He comes to the helping profession after a 10-year career at the Monroe, Louisiana Police department where he served as a patrol officer and an Investigator.

He and his family currently live in Greenville SC. Dr. Glass and Sandra have been married for 29 years, have three children, and one grandchild.

Above all else, Dr. Glass is in service to the Lord and feels that the process of healing is not complete without the Lord’s presence and Grace. A guiding scripture for his practice is: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2 (NKJV).

Prof. George Ramos

Professor George J. Ramos, LMHC is an adjunct professor for Nyack College’s Online MA in Mental Health Counseling program. He is finishing up his Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands, and he has his MA in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack College’s Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Professor Ramos is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York and a National Board Certified Counselor. Additionally, he is a 2017 Minority Doctoral Fellow for NBCC. Furthermore, Professor Ramos is an adjunct professor of counseling at Mercy College, and he has been a doctoral teaching assistant at the University of the Cumberlands. He has taught various counseling courses including Counseling and Applications 1; Clinical Internship 1 and 2; Counseling Theories and Techniques: Alcohol and Substance abuse; and Foundations of Counseling. Lastly, Professor Ramos owns his own private in-home counseling practice, is the president of Best Practice Trainer Inc, and is a mental health consultant for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Paula Tipton

Dr. Paula Tipton is an adjunct professor who has a Ph.D. from Regent University in Counselor Education and Supervision, an MA in Christian Thought and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and Colorado and has been in private practice for 19 years. She has been full time faculty at Colorado Christian University where she taught all the core CACAREP courses and developed a number of courses for both their in seat and online programs. Additionally, she has taught adjunct at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northwestern University where she also served as an Internship and Practicum supervisor for their Family Institute. Her passion is in helping young clinicians do great clinical work from a Christian worldview perspective.

Dr. Rebecca Webster

Dr. Rebecca Webster is an adjunct professor with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. She holds a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma, a M.A. in Theological Studies from Southwestern Christian University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Webster is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma and currently serves as the president of the Oklahoma Mental Health Counseling Association. She has worked in both agencies and private practice. Currently, Dr. Webster is a faculty member at Southwestern Christian University where she is the Department Chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of Graduate Studies. Her research interests include development across the life-span, empathy development, spiritual formation, and childhood neglect and abuse. She has recently contributed to two books, Child Maltreatment in Residential Care published by Springer and Pedogogical Theory of Wisdom Literature published by WIPF & Stock Publishers.

Part-Time Staff

Online Academic Program Coordinator

Sabrina Durand graduated with Honors (Magna Cum Laude) in May 2018 from Nyack College AGSC with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She also has a BA in Teacher Education and a BA in Psychology from Brooklyn College. She is the co-author of two peer-reviewed articles “Effect of Infidelity, Initiator Status, and Spiritual-Well Being on Men’s Divorce Adjustment” which was published in February 2015 in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage and “Spiritual Factors Predict State and Trait Anxiety” published in the Journal of Religion and Health in October 2016. Sabrina is in the process of writing her third article with Dr. Lisa Steiner and a a few other Nyack College faculty and an online student. She is currently applying to universities to pursue her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. Sabrina is a single parent of an adult son.

Courses and Sequences


GCN560: Year 1 Residency 0
GCN522: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 2
GCN504: Psychopathology 3
GCN603: Counseling & Human Development 3
GCN502: Theories of Counseling 3
GCN503: Research Methods & Analysis 3
GCN601: Principles and Methods of Counseling 2
GCN604: Group Dynamics & Therapy 3
GCN602: Measurement and Assessment 3
GCN501: Perspectives on Counselor Formation 2
GCN660: Year 2 Residency 0
GCN702: Ethics and Professional Issues 3
GCN605: Marriage and Family Counseling 3
GCN615: Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling 3
GCN610: Career Development 3
GCN616: Counseling Clients with Chemical Addictions 3
Elective (e.g. Counseling Issues in Human Sexuality) 3
GCN791: Practicum 3
GCN617: Crisis Intervention Strategies 3
GCN760: Year 1 Residency 0
GCN799: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam 0
GCN792: Internship 3
GCN618: Theology in Mental Health Counseling 3
Elective (e.g. Psychopharmacology) 3
GCN792: Internship 3
GCN701: Psychology and Theology 3

Free Webinars and Handouts

Building a Bridge Between Christian Ministry & Professional Counseling

What is the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM)?

Handout   Webinar

What are the basics of Human Development Theory?

Handout   Webinar

What are some of the mainstream counseling theories?

Handout   Webinar

Why might Christians in Ministry want to pursue an MA in MHC?

Handout   Webinar

Mental Health Awareness in the Christian Home

Couples and Conflict Resolution

Handout   Webinar

Women and Emotions

Handout   Webinar

Children and Anxiety

Handout   Webinar

Welcome to Nyack College Online Open House Webinar!

Watch the one-hour Open House Webinar to:

  • Learn more about our Online Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program.
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions about our program.
  • Have an opportunity to receive a fee waiver for the graduate application. Instructions for redeeming the waiver code are provided below.

See if our Mental Health Counseling Program is for you!

EMAIL Veronica DaCosta at if you are interested in Nyack College’s Online MA in Mental Health Counseling and to redeem your free waiver. Note that you will be emailed a few basic questions about the webinar, and once you successfully answer those questions, you will be emailed the waiver code.