I am a Psychotherapist and Life/Career Coach credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Michigan, as well as being a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC).
A South Carolina native who studied at two North Carolina universities, I divide my time these days between Charlotte and Columbia. I enjoy outdoor pursuits including running, hiking, gardening, and nature photography, as well as craft beer and travel.
I graduated from Furman University (B.A.), Duke University (M.Div.), Mercer University (M.S.), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education, with concentration in Exercise & Sport Psychology). For several years I served in pastoral ministry, including completion of a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Upon returning to school to specialize in professional counseling, I completed internships at Mercer University Career Services in Atlanta and at the University Counseling Center of UNC Greensboro, where my high rate of client retention was noted. I taught and supervised graduate students at the University of West Georgia before deciding to dedicate my full attention to clinical work, which I identify as my primary life calling. I derive great meaning from seeing people progress to a better experience of life. In Atlanta I was a member of the clinical staff of Care & Counseling Center of Georgia (CCCG), a center affiliated with Emory University that has a rich and established legacy of more than 60 years.
My continuing education has included workshops at the internationally renowned Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia and in the research-based Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. I've been both a learner and an instructor of LGBTQ Safe Zone workshops.
In 2016, I returned home to the Carolinas to open my own professional practice—first in the South Carolina Midlands, then in Charlotte as well. I share these qualifications and life experiences so that you, a potential client, might gain a sense of how we might connect.
A final note: Some clients value my background in spirituality. My own faith orientation is Christian (specifically, connections to progressive Baptist, Episcopal, and United Methodist traditions), but I enjoy working with—and learning from—clients of various faiths or no faith.
- Bozard, R. L. (2017, February). When fit feels fat: Men's secret struggle with body image. Presentation at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA), Isle of Palms, SC.
- Bozard, R. L. (2016, June). To value or to vanquish: Christianity’s mixed messages about the body. Invited presentation for Northside Drive Baptist Church lecture series Family, gender, and sexuality in the Bible, Atlanta, GA.
- Mallicoat, W. D., & Bozard, R. L. (2014, October). Going all the way: A wellness perspective to sexuality counseling training. Presentation at the biannual conference of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Birmingham, AL.
- Bozard, R. L. (2014, February). From holy terror to wholly accepted: Spiritual wellness for sexual minority Christians. Presentation at the annual Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change, Savannah, GA.
- Bozard, R. L. (2010, March). Counseling clergy clients: Understanding the unique cultures and therapeutic needs of religious professionals. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Pittsburgh, PA.
- Bozard, R. L. (2008, June). Gladness and hunger: Applying Buechner in vocational decision-making. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), Lake Junaluska, NC.
- Bozard, R. L. (2017). Sprint with spirit: Running as a spiritual intervention in counseling. Connecting soul, spirit, mind, and body: A collection of spiritual and religious practices in counseling (pp. 137-144) . Alexandria, VA: Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling.
- Bozard, R. L., & Sanders, C. J. (2017). The GRACE model of counseling: Navigating intersections of affectional orientation and Christian spirituality. In M. M. Ginicola, C. Smith, & J. Filmore (Eds.), Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People (pp. 313-327).Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
- Bozard, R. L., & Young, J. S. (2016). The roles of family, friends, and romantic/sexual partners in the body image of sexual minority men. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94(2), 150-160.
- Bozard, R. L. (2012). Counseling on the run: Considerations for implementation of exercise as an intervention in counseling. Georgia Journal of Professional Counseling, 14(1), 62-88.