Noelle R. St. Germain-Sehr is a Clinical Associate Professor and Counseling Clinical Experience Director for the Online Counseling Program at William & Mary. She received her doctorate from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 2003 and has thirty years of clinical experience working with diverse client populations in various settings including community mental health clinics, employee assistance programs, and private practice. She has extensive experience overseeing the clinical field placement aspects of counselor training having served as the Director of Training at Argosy University Dallas for eight and a half years prior to joining the Tribe in May of 2019.
Dr. St. Germain-Sehr is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas, a National Certified Counselor, and an ACISTE Certified Mental Health Professional (ACMHP) trained to assist individuals with the integration of spiritually transformative experiences. She serves as Secretary for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), served five years as Co-Chair of the SACES Women's Interest Network (SACES WIN), and is the Executive Director of The Center for Traumatic Grief and Loss and The International Induced After-Death Communication (IADC) Therapy Board overseeing training in IADC therapy. She is on the Editorial Board for Counselor Education and Supervision and is an active presenter at professional conferences.
Dr. St. Germain-Sehr maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice and is completing a five-year training program in Bioenergetic Analysis, a relational mind/body psychotherapy developed by Dr. Alexander Lowen. Her research focuses on expanding education, research, and training related to traditionally marginalized topics and populations, and reducing associated pathologizing, stigmatization, oppression, and discrimination. Specific topics/populations of interest include transpersonal experiences, LGBTQ+ counseling, and neurodiversity. Current research projects include LGBTQ+-affirmative counseling training, the relationship between after-death communication (ADC) and grief, and mental health providers’ knowledge and attitudes related to after-death communication.
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, 2003
M.Ed. in Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of New Orleans, 1993
B.M. in Music (double major in Music and Psychology) with a minor in Women's Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1991
Activities and Honors
Secretary, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) (July 2022 – June 2024)
Executive Director, The Center for Grief and Traumatic Loss and The International IADC® Board (August 2020 - present)
Co-Chair, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Women's Interest Network (2017 - 2022)
Nominee, 2021 SACES L. DiAnne Borders Clinical Supervision Award
Nominee, 2021 American Counseling Association David K. Brooks, Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award
Pope, A., St. Germain-Sehr, N. R., Augustine, B., St. Germain-Sehr, A., Lexume, T., Moe, J., Snowden-Gregg, S., Jackson, T. (2023). Developing an asynchronous LGBTQ+ affirmative counseling training: A mixed-methods study [Manuscript submitted for publication]. School Psychology and Counselor Education and Supervision, William & Mary.
Penberthy, J. K., St. Germain-Sehr, N. R., Grams, G., Burns, M. Lorimer, D., Cooper, C. E., Roe, C. A., & Elsaesser, E. (in press). Description and impact of encounters with deceased partners or spouses. Omega – Journal of Death and Dying.
Holden, J. M., St. Germain-Sehr, N. R., Reyes, A., Loseu, S., Schmit, M. K., Laird, A., Weintraub, L., St. Germain-Sehr, A., Price, E., Blalock, S., Bevly, C., Lankford, C., Mandalise, J. (In press). Comparative effects of Induced After-Death Communication and traditional talk therapy on grief. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement.
St. Germain-Sehr, N. R. & Maxey, G. A. (In press). Case studies in Induced After-Death Communication (IADC®). Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement.
St. Germain-Sehr, N. R. & St. Germain-Sehr, A. M. (2023). Core Counseling Attributes. In L. S. Stretch & K. N. M. K. Powers-Carey (Eds.). National Counselor Exam (NCE) and Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE): Your Study Guide for Success and Online Exam Prep (1st ed., pp. 225-244). Springer.
Collier*, N. R., Lumadue, C. A., & Wooten, H. R. (2009). Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess: Reception of texts by a sample of lesbian fans and web site users. Journal of Homosexuality, 56(5), 575-609.
Collier*, N. R., & Falls, L. A. (2010). Making sense out of Sensory Processing Disorder in schools. School Counselor: Special Education Students (Sep/Oct).
Bowling, S. W., Kearney, L. K., Lumadue, C. A., & St. Germain*, N. R. (2002). Considering justice: An exploratory study of family therapy with adolescents. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 28(2), pp. 213-223.
Wooten, H. R. & St. Germain*, N. R. (2001). Heart-centered hypnotherapy in sports counseling. Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies, 4(1), pp. 57-66.