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Dr. Willa M. Colbert loves the Lord Jesus Christ and has a passion for providing hope to people who feel as if all hope is gone. Willa believes in the power of prayer, and before each counseling session, she prays for God to lead, guide, and direct her, because she believes that He is the ultimate Counselor who provides the answers and healing. She also believes that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and is our teacher, helper, comforter, and our guide. Additionally, Willa believes that building a strong client-therapeutic relationship is key to providing the client with hope and healing, and her theoretic orientation is cognitive with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in working with adults, adolescents, and couples.
Willa is a licensed Minister at a local church in Washington, D.C., where she has been a member for over 30 years, and also served as the Director for the Center for Biblical Studies for more than four years. She also taught Biblical classes at her church, and led a Bible Study group for six years at her former job at a prestigious law firm in Washington, D.C.
Willa received her A.S. degree in General Studies with a Specialization in Psychology from Northern Virginia Community College in 2002, her B.S. degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2006, her M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from Regent University in 2012, and her Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision at Marymount University in 2018. Willa also served as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor in the Criminal Justice Department at a local University, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at a local University. Additionally, Willa holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Willa is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Honor Society, American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES), and the Virginia-Association for Spiritual, Ethical & Religious Values in Counseling (VA-ASERVIC).
Willa is married with young adult children and enjoys spending quality time with her family. Willa feels very blessed to have grown up in a Christian home. She attributes her love and passion for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word to her mother, who totally put her trust and faith in the Lord. Willa believes that there is nothing impossible for God to do or any situation too great for Him to handle. Willa has many favorite passages in the Bible, but two that hold dear to her heart are Psalm 27 and Proverbs 3:5-6. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid….? Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:1, 14, King James Version). “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).