The Rollins Graduate Counseling program professors are nationally certified and licensed professional counselors who are committed to providing students with active learning and real world experience.

Core Faculty

Alicia Homrich

Alicia M. Homrich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counseling

B.S., M.S., Florida International University; M.A., Rollins College; Ph.D., University of Georgia, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor.

Professor Alicia Homrich is a graduate of the Rollins Graduate Counseling Program (1992). Her greatest interest is in the area of family therapy, with special emphasis on family strengths and resiliency. Areas of professional interest include group work, solution-focused brief therapy, and counselor training and supervision. Professor Homrich teaches internship, group work courses, and the family and relationship therapy course series.


Kathryn Norsworthy

Kathryn L. Norsworthy, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling

B.S., Georgia Southwestern College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Postdoctoral respecialization, University of Georgia; Licensed Psychologist, National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Norsworthy’s clinical specialties include counseling and psychotherapy with adults with post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic and life-threatening illnesses, especially HIV/AIDS. Additional areas of expertise are social justice and multicultural applications in international counseling and peace building, feminist theory and practice, integration of Buddhist psychology and counselor training, and GLBT affirmative counseling. More information about Dr. Norsworthy.


Derrick Paladino

Derrick A. Paladino, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Counseling

B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor.

Throughout his training, Dr. Paladino gained experience in crisis and emergency services, college counseling, and addictions and has worked in community/agency settings. His clinical specialties lie in crisis/suicide assessment and intervention, college student development, group counseling, identity development, EMDR and clinical supervision. Research interests fall in the areas of multiracial identity and acculturation, college student adjustment, counselor education and supervision, and crisis assessment and intervention.


Samuel Snabria

Samuel Sanabria, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counseling

B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Florida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor.

Samuel Sanabria completed his doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Florida in 2002 with an emphasis in diversity issues. He has extensive experience counseling couples, families, adults and adolescents regarding sexual and gender identity concerns. His research interests include ethical practices in counseling, the development of prejudicial attitudes and beliefs, human sexuality, and Latino concerns. Sanabria teaches clinical practicum, multicultural counseling, psychopathology, and human sexuality.



Burt Bertram, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Counseling

B.S. Florida Atlantic University; M.Ed. Counseling, University of Central Florida; Ed.D. University of Florida. Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Dr. Bertram has been in private practice in the Orlando area for over 35 years and an adjunct professor and visiting professor at Rollins since 1994. His professional efforts focus on assisting individuals, couples, families, and workgroups to productively identify, understand, and address the issues that are affecting their lives. He is coauthor of The Counselor and the Law. He teaches Couples, Family, Ethics, Consultation, Practicum, and Internship.

Valorie Thomas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Counseling

B.A., M.A., University of Central Florida, Ed.S. Ph.D., University of Florida. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Qualified Supervisor.

Dr. Valorie Thomas, a former assistant professor at Stetson University, has been an adjunct faculty member for Rollins since 2001. She gained her clinical experience in managed mental health care, where she utilized solution-focused brief therapy emphasizing client strengths. Her interest areas include counselor education and supervision, legal and ethical issues/best practices in counseling, solution-focused brief therapy, group work, and infertility and early pregnancy loss. She has coauthored Sexuality Counseling: an Integrative Approach. Dr. Thomas teaches classes in human sexuality, family and relationship counseling, legal and ethical issues, and practicum.

Anthony J. Schefstad, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Counseling

B.A., M.A. Rollins College; M.S.W., Ph.D. University of Maryland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Qualified Supervisor

Dr. Schefstad has been an adjunct faculty member for Rollins since 2000. He has provided direct clinical services in addictions, mental health, foster care, and trauma since 1984. He has supervised social work and mental health interns and family medicine and psychiatry residents. Dr. Schefstad was the EAP Coordinator for the Maryland Horseman’s Counseling Program and a member of the Team Assistance Program providing services to the Baltimore Orioles and minor league affiliates. Dr. Schefstad has training in hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), brief solution focused therapy and Eye-Movement Integration. Dr. Schefstad is the executive director for the Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.