Dr. Lori Nixon Bethea,  



Lori M. Nixon- Bethea, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS is the owner of Intentional Hearts Counseling Services, LLC, a Monmouth County based counseling practice providing counseling services to adolescents, teens, and adults.  Dr. Nixon-Bethea has been working in the field of counseling for over 16 years. She has experience working with numerous populations including the chronically mentally ill, youth in the foster care system, individuals in crisis, and providing individual and group counseling to children, adults, couples, and families in both New Jersey and Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Monmouth University, and advanced her education by receiving a Master’s degree in Psychological counseling and a Post Master’s certificate in Professional Counseling also at Monmouth University. She received her PhD in counseling, with a specialization in marital and family counseling, from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Her research interests include:  Marital
/relationship success and issues impacting Black Indigenous People of Color and mental health advocacy for dancers. Her doctoral dissertation research entitled, Navigating the Black church: Stories of Men on the Down low, was published by Proquest in 2016.

Dr. Nixon-Bethea is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of NJ and is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Dr. Nixon- Bethea teaches as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court University, in Lakewood, NJ. In 2019, Dr. Nixon Bethea released her first children’s book, Riley’s Worry Away: A children’s book about worrying.

Dr. Nixon- Bethea’s expertise has been quoted in Cosmopolitan magazine, Very Well Health, and Shape magazine.

Dr. Nixon Bethea is a former Miss New Jersey USA state delegate and has graduated from Olphelia DeVore School of Charm in New York City. Dr. Nixon Bethea is a former ballerina and continues to enjoy the art of dance. She resides in Monmouth County with her husband and dog. 


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