Dr. Haley French - Director of ORU Student Counseling Services
Dr. French is a dually Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the states of Oklahoma and Colorado. She founded a private counseling practice in Denver in 2012, and she has worked with diverse clientele and a range of mental health needs over the last eight 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).
Rachel Sligar - Mental Health Therapist
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 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).
Megan Murray - Intake & Crisis Therapist
Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oklahoma. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Pyschology from Oral Roberts University, as well as a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling. Megan has a background in crisis work, including suicide prevention and psychosis. Additionally, Megan has experience in grief and bereveament therapy and has worked with those battling cancer, as well as with their loved ones. Megan served as the research assistant for the published book on trauma entitled, "Why Aren't You Over This By Now?: How Trauma Messes You Up and What To Do About It".
Megan utilizes an integrative approach when working with clients, while also emphasizing the importance of finding and creating meaning from one's own story. Megan's hope is that the stigma behind counseling is being erased so that people will understand that counseling can be beneficial to any person, at any stage of life. There is no problem too big or too small for counseling to prove itself useful.
James Garner - Mental Health Therapist
James is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPC-C) with the state of Oklahoma. He previously worked as a recovery counselor in a men’s residential recovery program at a homeless shelter in downtown Tulsa. James began helping people as a youth minister in a local Tulsa church before transitioning to mental health counseling. James believes that every problem in life has a solution and his role is to help you find that solution to make your life better.
James graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Old Testament from ORU in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016. Then, he acquired a Master’s degree in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2020. James has a history treating substance abuse, generalized anxiety and social anxiety, anger management, vocational direction, and life skills. He utilizes an integration of Reality Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Chelsea VonderHaar - Mental Health Therapist
Chelsea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Oklahoma. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science, as well as a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Oklahoma State University. Chelsea has experience in crisis work as well as working with young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and issues related to self-worth, life transitions, and family of origin.
Chelsea enjoys walking alongside clients as they navigate making sense of their story and the hurt and difficulties they are experiencing. She enjoys playing a part of the healing work of the Holy Spirit that brings about change, healing, and growth in people’s lives.
Chelsea works from a systemic and holistic approach, aiming to address the root issues and core beliefs that are keeping clients stuck. She desires to help clients understand and process past experiences contributing to their current situation as well as equipping them with the tools needed for a healthy and fulfilling life.
Graduate Counseling Interns, 2020-2021 Academic Year
Graduate Assistant/Front Desk Receptionist, 2020-2021 Academic Year
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.