Meet Your Counseling Services Counselors
Randy Hook, MSW, LCSW
Director of Counseling Services
Randy became the Director of Counseling Services at Bridgewater College in the summer of 2010. Randy has worked as an individual, marriage, and family therapist in the local community for many years. Prior to his position at BC he served as the Coordinator of the Partial Hospitalization Program through Rockingham Memorial Hospital's Center for Behavioral Health. He also has previous experience as the Executive Director of The Center for Marriage and Family Counseling in Harrisonburg, Va.
In addition to his full-time position Randy has served as adjunct faculty at James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College teaching courses in marriage, counseling, and human development. Randy currently teaches Crisis Intervention and Trauma Healing as an adjunct within Eastern Mennonite University's (EMU) Graduate Counseling program. He received his B.S in Psychology from EMU, and his Masters of Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Randy has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and is certified as a Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) instructor. He is an active parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and is a passionate sports fan. In his spare time Randy loves being a dad, reading, playing golf, and exploring his faith. Randy lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his wife Kim and their two boys Jackson and Sawyer.
Amy Ghaemmaghami, MA, LPC
Bridgewater College Counselor
Amy Ghaemmaghami received her Master of Arts in Counseling at Eastern Mennonite University. She is licensed as a professional counselor in Virginia. She also holds an MA in American Studies and BA in English from the College of William and Mary, as well as work toward a doctorate in English from the University of Maryland. Amy has taught undergraduate courses in psychology, counseling, writing, and literature at many local colleges including: James Madison University, Blue Ridge Community College and Eastern Mennonite University.
Prior to joining Bridgewater's Counseling Services in 2009, Amy worked as a mental health counselor and an employee assistance counselor at Augusta Health Hospital in Fishersville, VA. She is trained in dialectical behavior therapy and solution-focused therapy as well as expressive work. Amy has wide experience in crisis work, individual and family counseling, women's issues, substance abuse, and stress management. She is especially interested in depression and bipolar disorders, self-injury, identity formation, multicultural identity, sexuality and sexual identity, relationships, and self-esteem.
Amy lives in Harrisonburg, with her husband Michael, two children, 3 cats and a dog. She is an active member of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church where she leads a divorce support group. Amy enjoys spending summers in Maine, and loves to kayak, hike, cook, read, and write.
John Clarke, BS
John will graduate from JMU this May with a Master of Arts and an Educational Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. John is serving as an intern doing individual and group therapy as well as BASICS sessions for students who have received an alcohol violation. Prior to joining Bridgewater’s Counseling Services he worked as a mentor for at-risk youth, an in-home therapist for adults with mental illnesses, and an intern at the RMH Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. In addition to his work at BC John works on a local farm, provides in-home therapy for foster children and youth, and does research for JMU’s Department of Graduate Psychology.
Some of John’s clinical interests include anxiety disorders, LGBTQ identities, existentialism, men’s issues, and trauma. He utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy that often involves mindfulness meditation and guided imagery techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and existential, psychodynamic, and interpersonal therapies. Outside of his work at BC John enjoys riding his motorcycle, playing music at RISE in Harrisonburg, and exercising.