Bio – Laura English

Laura English


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Counseling

After teaching adjunctively at Beeson Divinity School (Samford University) and then in our ACHIEVE program, Dr. English joined the faculty of SEBC (2005) as Assistant Professor of Counseling and director of the counseling minor program. With the dual goal of equipping students to know themselves well and to internalize a biblical perspective on human suffering and healing, Dr. English employs a highly personal, interactive, and experiential model of teaching in her classes.

Born and raised in the Alabama town of Sylacauga, Dr. English attended Belhaven College in Jackson, MS, where she completed her B.A. (suma cum laude) in 1988 with a double major in Psychology and Christian Ministries (Counseling Track). She then attended Fuller Theological Seminary in (Pasadena, CA) where she earned her M.A. in Theology (1993, Cross-Cultural Track) and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1995). With a felt calling to provide psychological services to those in ministry and in cross-cultural missions, Dr. English’s graduate research focused on the roles, “life dreams,” and the developmental milestones of married missionary women. In her clinical practice, Dr. English has served as a psychological consultant and therapist for several mission agencies, working with missionaries in training and on furlough.

While at Fuller, Dr. English was twice recognized for her commitment to the integration of psychology and theology. She supervised the clinical work of other graduate students and provided psychological for geriatric patients, children and adolescents (LA County/USC Hospital), individuals in the entertainment industry (counseling center of Hollywood Presbyterian Church), and couples and adult individuals (Fuller Psychological and Family Services). She also had the privilege of working as a teaching assistant for two years under Dr. Archibald Hart by providing group therapy for pastors as they as worked toward their Doctor of Ministry. After the birth of her first child in 1995, Dr. English and her family returned to Alabama. She was awarded her license to practice clinical psychology in 1996, and soon after, joined New Life Clinics (now Wellspring Christian Clinic) of Birmingham. Dr. English continues to see clients through Wellspring at her SEBC office. This ongoing, clinical experience has greatly enhanced her ability to expose her students to real-life counseling issues, to the self-care needs of the counselor, and to current treatment approaches in the fields of counseling and psychology.

Dr. English and her husband, Tim, have two sons and live in the Oak Mountain area. Her husband, after working in church settings for over a decade, currently works for Occupational Health Dynamics in the role of Manager of Customer Service and Technical Support. They attend Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, where Dr. English and her husband serve on the praise team as vocalists (and he as a lead guitarist).  The English’s dog, Tory, is often seen on campus greeting those who will stop to pet her.