About Our Writers

The Marriage Counseling Blog is written by multiple writers with backgrounds in professional counseling. Here are a few who have given us permission to publish their biographical information. For information on writing for The Marriage Counseling Blog, click here.

Richard Zimmer, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Zimmer is a licensed psychologist practicing in Santa Rosa, California. He is also an anthropologist who has done extensive fieldwork in inner-city areas. He recently retired from teaching at Sonoma State University. He specializes in people from diverse backgrounds, children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, children and adults with Asperger’s, children and adults with gender issues, and couples and families dealing with stress, separation, divorce, and adoption.

Dr. Deb Schwarz Hirschhorn, PhD

“DrDeb” holds a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She specializes in highly-challenged marriages and families. She promotes healing and rebuilding trust and respect. She has a local practice in Woodmere, N.Y. and also sees people by videoconferencing. See her website, http://drdeb.com or phone 646-54-DRDEB.

Paul W. Anderson, Ph.D.

A licensed psychologist in KS and MO, Paul W. Anderson, Ph.D. has coached people in their relationships, careers, and business aspirations for many years. He helps women believe in themselves and men use their emotional intelligence. He is experienced in working with family business snarls and people in personal chaos who need strategies that will turn their best into success. You may reach him at http://www.bulletproofcoach.com or http://www.netpsychologist.com.

Grant Stenzel, MA, LPC

Before Grant Stenzel became a marriage counselor he served as a pastor at three different churches.  He and his wife Jennifer run a private practice with locations in Wheaton and Naperville, Illinois with 20 therapists on staff.

“I love marriage counseling.  There is nothing more satisfying than seeing two people connecting for the first time in years.  To see husbands and wives feel understood, appreciated and loved by their spouse is why I became a full-time counselor.”   My goal is to help you regain hope. I do this by imparting psychological tools to help you in the here-and-now. Furthermore, I desire for you to find long term healing and peace.”

He speak at churches, retreats, and conferences regarding marriage, parenting, and mental health issues. Grant earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bradley University and his Master’s degree in counseling from National Louis University.

Jennifer Chappell Marsh, MFTI

Jennifer’s journey to becoming a therapist started in 2003 when she first began work with The Salvation Army providing treatment to adolescents, children and families who experienced trauma and substance abuse issues.

In 2005, she was deployed to Louisiana with The Red Cross to provide aid to persons and families effected by Hurricane Katrina. It was this experience that solidified her desire to help individuals and families, and inspired her to continue her education, completing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008.

Since then, she has received advanced training working both with children (Trauma Focused-CBT) and couples (Emotionally Focused Therapy).

Currently, Jennifer works in a private practice setting in San Diego and has completed approximately 1,500 client hours working with children, teens, adults, couples and families. She also contributes “The Counselor’s Opinion” to the San Diego Relationship Advice blog: www.sandiego-relationshipadvice.com.

To find out more about Jennifer and her counseling services, visit www.chappelltherapy.com.

Erica S. Gould, LPC

Erica S. Gould, LPC

Erica received her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MA in Professional Counseling (specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Texas State University in San Marcos. Erica is a Licensed Professional Counselor (license #62930) in Texas.

Before entering private practice, Erica worked at a Dallas area non-profit social service agency providing counseling and case management services to a diverse client base, including Hurricane Katrina evacuees and victims of domestic violence. She has also worked within a residential treatment center, providing counseling services to adolescent girls who had been victims of abuse or neglect. Erica has also worked in managed care, providing utilization review for a major health insurance company.

Erica’s passion and areas of expertise include counseling children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a variety of issues.