Journal of Mental Health Counseling


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Published since 1978, JMHC articles address all aspects of practice, theory, professionalism, and research related to clinical mental health counseling. JMHC is divided into five sections:

Mental health counselors (MHCs) work in a variety of clinical settings with diverse client populations. This section emphasizes cutting-edge strategies and techniques as well as innovative applications of established clinical practices. Articles provide critical analyses of the existing literature and descriptive application of clinical approaches, strategies, and techniques.

Explication of theoretical constructs and their application in clinical mental health practice are the emphasis of this section. Theoretical articles must be well grounded in the existing conceptual and empirical literature, delineate implications for practice, and provide illustrative applications (e.g., case studies).

Professional Exchange
This section allows for dialogue among MHCs regarding dilemmas, challenges, divergent perspectives, and other emergent topics relevant to clinical mental health counseling.

This section addresses empirically supported best practices, evidence-based approaches, and new developments in clinical mental health counseling. Articles include implications for professional mental health counseling practice and future research.

Neuroscience-Informed Counseling
The goal of theNeuroscience-Informed Counseling section is to increase scholarship related to neuroscience-informed counseling by providing a dedicated space for academic discourse. This section provides clinical MHCs with an opportunity to enhance clinical training and practice in a brain-based era of mental health and wellness. In order to accomplish this goal, we have outlined several objectives for the section:

  • Provide a dedicated space for neuroscience manuscripts in the counseling field.
  • Identify clinical outcomes in an era of neuroscience.
  • Generate and evaluate new theories and techniques of clinical mental health counseling grounded in neuroscience principles.
  • Replicate and validate existing psychotherapy research within a counseling framework.
  • Increase exposure to the research domain criteria in the counseling field.
  • Create an independent body of neuroscience-informed counseling literature.


Ingrid K. Weigold, Ph.D.
The University of Akron

Associate Co-Editors
Neuroscience-Informed Counseling
Thomas A. Field, Ph.D.
Boston University School of Medicine

Raissa Miller, Ph.D.
Boise State University

Associate Editor
Chad Luke, Ph.D.
Tennessee Tech University

Associate Editor
Theory and Practice
Shedeh Tavakoli, Ph.D.
Northeastern Illinois University

Editorial Board
Michael P. Accordino, Ed.D.
Springfield College

Annette Albrecht, Ph.D.
Tarleton State University (Retiree)

Scott Baker, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Caitlyn M. Bennett, Ph.D.
University of North Texas

Taheera N. Blount, Ph.D.
North Carolina Central University

Michael D. Brubaker, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati

Allison Crowe, Ph.D.
East Carolina University

Tonya C. Davis, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Cort Dorn-Medeiros, Ph.D.
Lewis & Clark College

Deborah L. Duenyas, Ph.D.
Kutztown University

Kimberly Frazier, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University

Jean Georgiou, Ph.D.
New Jersey City University

Jessie D. Guest, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina

Lisa M. Hooper, Ph.D.
University of Northern Iowa

Kaprea F. Johnson, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University

Laura K. Jones, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina – Asheville

Heather Katafiasz, Ph.D.
The University of Akron

Michele Kerulis, Ed.D.
Northwestern University

Latifey LaFleur, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana – Lafayette

A. Keith Mobley, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Thomas L. Murray, Jr., Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Anita A. Neuer Colburn, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Richard F. Ponton, Ph.D.
Brain Health Center

Jake J. Protivnak, Ph.D.
Youngstown State University

Elizabeth J. Russell, Ph.D.
Winona State University

Elyssa B. Smith, Ph.D.
Stockton University

Lee A. Teufel-Prida, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Arne Weigold, Ph.D.
Kent State University – Geauga

Dawn Wirick, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

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The quarterly Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) provides clinical mental health counselors and researchers with practical knowledge and illuminating background from in-depth research on clinical studies and counseling practice.