Dr. Rick Carroll

Dr. Carroll received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emory & Henry College in 1991. He went on to receive his Masters in Community and College Counseling from Longwood College in 1993. He became licensed as a professional counselor in 1996. In 2008 Dr. Carroll earned his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. Over the past 27 years he has worked in both the public and private sectors, providing professional services to individuals, families, and couples in an effort to promote mental health wellness and improved interpersonal functioning. He currently teaches for Lindsey Wilson College in their Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Development Program. Dr. Carroll has provided professional presentations on the local, state, and national levels. He is published and has contributed to articles in Counseling Today (American Counseling Association) on several occasions. He is considered an expert witness in nearly every court in Southwest VA. He routinely conducts psychological evaluations, parenting assessments, and substance abuse evaluations for social services and the court systems.

When asked to describe what he provides and how that looks, Dr. Carroll noted “I come from a humanistic perspective, which views people as basically healthy and capable of making  prosocial choices. Sometimes we get ‘stuck’ in the direction we should take or how to interpret an occurrence, which often leads to the emergence of negative symptoms. My goal when counseling individuals is to create a  safe and confidential space where the person can share their story and more fully examine the nature of their situation—only then can we make sense of the storyline we live out every day. I welcome the opportunity to be the co-editor of the person’s narrative, where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are examined for their need of remediation. Most people know what they need to do to improve their overall psychological health, I just provide the platform for this to occur.”