Professional Contributors


Dr. Deborah Gorton

Dr. Gorton grew up in Scottsdale, AZ and graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Journalism.  After working for NBC and Fox Broadcasting Corporation, her passion for problem solving and engaging in effective communication strategies led her to pursue further education in the field of psychology.  Dr. Gorton earned both her MA in Psychology and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.  Additionally, she holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Gorton has previously worked as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in a group practice in Virginia Beach, VA where her clinical work revolved around family therapy and individual therapy with women and teenagers, as well as psychological testing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and non-profit organizational assessment. 

Dr. Gorton presently serves as the Director of Moody Theological Seminary’s Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program as well as Moody's Counseling Center.

Dr. Valencia Wiggins

Dr. Valencia Wiggins holds a Ph.D., L.P.C., and is an Assistant Professor at Moody Theological Seminary for the Master’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in Chicago, IL. She is a clinical psychologist, and Licensed Professional Counselor. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Wiggin’s clinical interest includes, sexual abuse, trauma, eating disorders, depression, adolescents, and women’s issues. Dr. Wiggins enjoys helping individuals reach their emotional health potential. In addition, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and seeking out new adventures in life. 


Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth earned her BA in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and continued to hone her counseling skills through acquiring an MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, specifically for Children's and Youth Ministry in the Undergraduate School as well as an instructor in the Graduate School at MTS for the MA in Counseling.

Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has practiced in WI as an LCPC for 9 years and have been licensed in IL for 14 years. She continues to take Continuing Education Classes on a post-graduate level to uphold the requirements of licensure and because she believe that continuous learning is key to excellent life practice.

Editorial Team


Debralyn Bryant

Debralyn Bryant was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and graduated from Moody Bible Institute with her Bachelors degree in Pre-Counseling. She is continuing her pursuit of clinical license through Moody Theological Seminary, where she plans to earn her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling shortly. As she pursues the field of counseling, she continues to grow in her desire to walk with people as they discover their strengths, embrace their emotions, and navigate pain. When she is not studying, she is most likely watching a movie or playing an instrument, enjoying the views of Chicago from a comfy couch. 


Barbara Hill

Barbara Hill grew up on the East Coast, and relocated to California in 2014 to work with The A21 Campaign, a global anti human trafficking organization, as well as to finish her masters in Biblical counseling. She graduated in 2016, and recently moved to Chicago to pursue her professional licensure in counseling, and will graduate in 2017 from Moody's Clinical Mental Health program. In addition to her passions for counseling, she loves coffee (probably way too much), leading worship at church, and spending quality time with friends (probably over coffee).