A tenured Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage Family Therapist and ordained minister, Fr. Don Richards draws on over three decades of service in the art of healing human relations and advocating the dignity of life. He believes strongly that counseling is a unique vocational call that embodies the spiritual, psychological and social challenges of everyday living.
As a graduate of Covenant College, Don received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Licensed by the State of Alabama as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Don is Nationally Board Certified in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling and holds Diplomate Status with the American Psychotherapy Association. He is also a Counseling Supervisor sharing his knowledge and wisdom with professionals and students across the country.
He is past Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Birmingham Theological Seminary from 1984-1993. He has lectured at Beeson Divinity School and the UAB Department of Counseling as well as numerous churches and religious groups. Drawing on over 30 years of private and group practice, Don has, throughout his career, volunteered for outreach and ministry to under-served populations in the inner city.
Married in 1976 to his wife, Arden (who manages the daily operations of and is Executive Director of Trinity Counseling), they have two married children as well as a new grandson born in 2012. An associate pastor of a local church, Fr. Don enjoys time with his family, hunting, and fishing. He and Arden especially enjoy backpacking as often as they can find the time. He is also an active board member of a community development organization (Integrity Worldwide) that serves remote and needy populations in Africa.