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.
Heidi Khatibi was hired as a Resident Counselor in Student Counseling Services in Fall of 2016. Before coming to VWC, Heidi worked as a Behavioral Health Therapist in Illinois, providing outpatient counseling and support services for a broad range of mental health and addiction issues for children, adolescents and adults. Heidi obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and later went on to complete her Masters in Counseling at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Heidi first connected with VWC when she worked as an intern in the VWC Student Counseling Center during her Master’s program. Heidi loved working with the VWC student population and was “thrilled” with the opportunity to return.
Claire Ficker is a recent Masters graduate from Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling. Claire was recently hired as a part-time Resident, under the supervision of Bill Brown. Claire interned at VWC during her final year of graduate work and, through counseling our students, discovered a passion for helping the population we serve. Claire received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been married for 34 years, has three grown children, and lives with her husband in Norfolk.