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Bill Burrichter

Director of Counseling Services

  • 585-567-9622 ext #6220
  • Counseling Center, Psychology & Sociology
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  • Ph.D., Walden University (2006)
  • M.S., Villanova University (1997)
  • B.A., Houghton College (1992)
  • Primary Training Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Training and Techniques, Albert Ellis Institute (1999)


Courses Taught

  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Career & Vocational Counseling
  • Youth Counseling
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Counseling Youth in Educational Contexts
  • Exceptional Students: Pop, Policies & Procedures
  • School Guidance Techniques
  • School Guidance Systems
  • Personality & Developmental Theory
  • Counseling & Psychotherapy for the Individual


Professional Members/Associations 

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor          NY (2015)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor:          PC001569 (2002)
  • National Certified Counselor                   #48012 (2000)


  • American Counseling Association (1995)
  • Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (2013)
  • Christian College Counseling Center Consortium (2015)
  • American School Counselor Association (2007)
  • Pennsylvania School Counselor Association (1996)
  • Lancaster County School Counselors Association (1997) President 2009-2012


Professional Experience/Achievements 

  • Director, Counseling Center, & Associate Professor of Psychology, Houghton College
  • Chair, Department of Counseling & Social Work, Lancaster Bible College (06/2010-06/2015)
  • Program Director for the M.Ed. program in school counseling (07/2006—06/2015)
  • Director, Counseling and Career Center (06-2013—06/2015)
  • Part-Time Faculty (09/2003—05/2010) Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA. 
  • (05/2005-07/2015) Owner: New Life Counseling Services, LLC, Mount. Joy, PA
  • (09/2002—2005)  Providence Behavioral Health, Leola, PA.
  • (05/2004—2005)  New Life Psychological Services, Ephrata, PA
  • School Counselor (08/1998 – 2010) Pequea Valley High School, Kinzers, Pennsylvania.
  • School Counselor & Dorm Parent (07/1997 – 06/1998) Christiansen Academy, Rubio, Venezuela, South America.
  • Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator (06/1996 – 05/1997) - Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  • Graduate Assistant (08/1995 – 05/1997) - Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  • Foster Care Social Worker (08/1995 – 05/1997) - Delta Community Supports, Springhouse, Pennsylvania. (08/1994 – 08/1995) - Bethanna, Southampton, Pennsylvania.
  • Assistant School Counselor (08/1992-06/1994)  Boston Public School, Boston, MA.


Teaching Philosophy    

  1.        It has been an exciting blessing to be able to return to Houghton College as a faculty member.  What’s even more cool is the opportunity to support students in the midst of their struggle.  I count it a privilege to have a front seat view into the lives of students; to hear their stories and to journey with them through their time at Houghton.  I recognize that biological forces, personal choices and societal issues can all contribute to one’s health and wellness.  Consequently I take a holistic view of mental health, taking into account both science and spirituality as essential elements of healing. I have a profound love for the Lord and it is the foundation for all that I do, both in the Counseling Center, classroom and beyond.  Without Him I can do nothing.  As Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”



  • “Improving parental involvement in middle school”
  • “Are you stressed about being stressed?”
  • “Is it Time for Recess Yet?”
  • “Utilizing the ASCA National Model to Improve Student Achievement”
  • “Academic Self-Concept: Improving Achievement through Relationship”
  • “Self-Injury Among School Students: Etiology and Intervention “
  • “Cutting Away the Pain: Self Injury Among High School Students
  • “Pervasive Developmental Disorders”
  • “Asperger’s Syndrome: Considerations for School Counselors”
  • “Asperger’s Syndrome: Neuropsychological Considerations
  • “No Place to Call Home. Third Culture Kids: Considerations for School Counselors
  • “Third-Culture Kids: Considerations for Counselors”
  • “Facilitating the Transition through Adolescence