College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Brian L. Bethel is a Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor (LPCC-S), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC III), and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) with specialized training in counseling children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Bethel earned his PhD. In Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University where he also earned dual Master’s degrees in Clinical Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. With over twenty years of clinical practice, Dr. Bethel brings a diversity of strengths to his clinical practice. As the founder and director of Interplay Counseling and Consultation Services, LLC. , Dr. Bethel operates a private counseling practice and provides educational services to community organizations. He has dedicated much of his professional career to working with individuals impacted by trauma and continues as a mental health clinician for a Child Advocacy Center that serves children and families across southern and southeastern, Ohio.
In addition to his counseling practices, Dr. Bethel serves as an independent trainer and consultant. He has provided consultation services to various schools, social service agencies, court systems, and foster care agencies. Dr. Bethel serves as an independent trainer and consultant with the Ohio Human Services Training System and the Ohio Child Welfare Program where he was recognized for his training excellence as a recipient of both the “Rising Star” award in 2007 and the “Linda Pope” award in 2014. In 2018, Dr. Bethel was awarded an Award of Excellence in Research from the Association for Play Therapy for his research on the use of play therapy for children with disabilities. Dr. Bethel is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and is recognized as an innovative, an exciting presenter on a local, state, national, and international level.