Meet Our Counselors
Bill Brown was hired as the Director of Student Counseling Services in August of 1999. Before coming to VWC, Bill spent eleven years providing psychotherapy services to adult clients at the City of Virginia Beach's Mental Health Center. Prior to settling in Virginia Beach, Bill worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and held positions such as "Clinical Social Worker" at Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute, "Family Therapist" for another hospital's substance abuse and mental health units and "Outpatient Service Director" for the Mental Health Center in Danville, Virginia. He also ran his own private practice and acted as the clinical director for a group practice of substance abuse treatment providers. Bill completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology (not "Bloodsucking", as alleged by certain students) at Transylvania University, a small liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky, which is very similar in size to VWC. He received his MSW at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 1987.
Marea Hyman was hired as the Assistant Director of Student Counseling Services in June of 2005. Marea most recently worked as a Nephrology Social Worker, providing counseling and other support services to dialysis patients and their family members. Prior to that, Marea worked in the same unit of the Mental Health Center in Virginia Beach as Bill and they often collaborated on cases and were both instrumental in the development of a program that received statewide recognition. Marea has worked in the private sector and gained experience working with inmates at Virginia Beach's jail and with adolescents at Westbrook Hospital and the Family Crisis Center in Richmond, Virginia. In another example of "small world" coincidence, Marea's first position after graduate school was as a Clinical Social Worker in the same unit of Danville's Mental Health Center that Bill would supervise eight years later. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the small, liberal arts oriented Averett College, she went on to complete her MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse services. She was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 1985 and actually held an adjunctive position with the Virginia Board of Social Work from 1987 to 1992.