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Joseph T. Verga, PhD, HSP-P

Dr. Joe Verga is Associates' founding director and has led the organization since 1991, becoming Director Emeritus in April, 2013. He formerly practiced with Salem Psychiatric Associates and also served as Director of Pastoral Services at a private psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Verga completed his doctoral studies and clinical training at Fuller Theological Seminary in a program that helped pioneer the field of Christian counseling. He is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and certified by the International Board of Christian Counselors.

In addition to his duties as Executive Director, Dr. Verga works with adult clients on a variety of issues and serves as associate professor in the Liberty University graduate counseling program.

Dr. Verga believes that, "faith in Christ is central to health and wholeness." He feels called as a therapist to pass on the grace and mercy he has himself received.

God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.
C.S. Lewis

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