Dr. Haley French - Director of ORU Student Counseling Services
Dr. Haley French is the newly appointed Director of Counseling. Dr. Haley French is a dually Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the states of Oklahoma and Colorado. Dr. French founded a private counseling practice in Denver in 2012, and she has worked with a diverse clientele and a range of mental health needs over the last seven years, in addition to working in ministry in the local church and teaching in higher education.
Dr. French has worked most extensively with those struggling with anxiety, life transitions, chronic illness, grief and loss, vocational identity issues, and relational issues. She enjoys helping individuals overcome fear-based thinking and behaviors that hinder well-being; replacing them with new and healthy coping methods, creative outlets, and strengthened faith. Dr. French believes in the power of the counselor-client relationship and its ability to spark change and bring the courage needed to take steps in new directions.
She graduated from ORU in 2006 with a degree in Sacred Music, and a Master of Divinity in 2009. She went on to complete a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2012, and she holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2019). Her doctoral research was focused upon the work of the Holy Spirit in the counseling process, as understood through the lived experiences of professional counselors who self-identify as Pentecostal or Charismatic. She has delivered numerous academic presentations concerning her work, and she has published two articles, one in the UK-based academic journal, Practical Theology, and the other in Accord, the official magazine for the Association for Christian Counsellors in the UK: “Counselling in the Spirit: The Outworking of a Pneumatological Hermeneutic in the Praxis of Pentecostal Therapists” (2017) and “The Spirituality of the Counsellor: Reflections from a Practical Theological Study” (2019).
Luis Jimenez - Mental Health Therapist ORU Counseling Services
Luis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Oklahoma. Luis graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in counseling from Oral Roberts University. Luis has experience working in ministry and counseling. He has worked with a variety of individuals from children to adults in a variety of settings and cultures. Luis believes that everybody deserves a chance to live their life to the fullest. He also knows that life can be tough at times, but that a healthy environment and support from others can make a big difference. Luis is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Because of this, Luis has been able to help many people who have struggled with different types of trauma. His number one goal is to create a safe and caring environment for people to be able to share their story without fear of judgment, and thus grow and overcome those things that are causing them pain.
Rachel Sligar - Mental Health Therapist ORU Counseling Services
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the state of Oklahoma. She has been serving as a mental health therapist since 2011. Throughout her life, Rachel has treasured people and believed that every person has value and a story to share. Rachel considers it a privilege and a joy to get to walk alongside others during difficult times to help facilitate hope, wisdom, and healing.
Rachel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oklahoma State University and acquired a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma Tulsa campus. Rachel has worked most frequently with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship or marital struggles, sexual struggles, and unresolved trauma. Rachel has especially found a passion for working with people who are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from unresolved trauma. Rachel has specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (trauma treatment) and PREPARE/ENRICH (premarital / marriage assessment and strengthening).
Rachel Ojeda - Mental Health Therapist ORU Counseling Services
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Oklahoma. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University and a Master’s degree in counseling from Northeastern State University. Rachel has experience working in education, ministry and counseling. She has worked with a variety of individuals from children to adults in schools, homes, shelters, and office settings. Rachel is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), and practices an integrative approach to therapy. Rachel believes that all people need to know that they are valued and heard. Rachel strives to provide a warm and safe environment for those she works with to arrive at healing. Rachel considers it a privilege to work with others through challenging times and see them grow to overcome.
To every person who is reading this: you are not alone, and you have incredible value. If you are feeling stuck or discouraged and need a teammate to help you work through a challenge in your life, please don’t hesitate to take that next step in seeking help. We would be honored to walk alongside you.