James Madison University

Welcome from the Director

PHOTO: Debbie Sturm
As Director of Counseling Programs in the Department of Graduate Psychology here at James Madison University, and on behalf of our faculty and students, I thank you for your interest in our programs. We feel so fortunate to be part of a community of dedicated faculty and students. And we are committed to training excellent counselors and counselor educators who impact their clients and communities through their clinical work, research, teaching, leadership, and outreach.

Our faculty emphasizes the importance of training in a context that develops well-rounded, self-aware, individuals.  We provide an intimate setting of safety and mutual respect that encourages self-exploration and personal growth. We encourage our students to get involved in the program, the university, and our beautiful Shenandoah Valley community.

Please take time to explore all the information and resources on this website and feel free to contact us if you’d like to speak further. We do hope you’ll consider joining us on your journey to a career in counseling!

With gratitude,
Debbie C. Sturm, PhD, LPC
sturmdc@jmu.edu