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Cory Viehl

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Cory Viehl, LPC, NCC, ACS is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) through NBCC. He earned his PhD in Counselor Education and Practice with a cognate in multicultural supervision and practice from Georgia State University and was selected as an NBCC Minority Fellow in 2014. He has been in clinical practice for 12 years in various settings including IOP, college counseling centers, and private practice. His research and professional interests center on LGBTQI+ individuals in counseling, counselor education, and supervision. More specifically, his publications focus on sexual and gender diverse counselors and their experiences of minority stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, and coping.


PhD, Georgia State University

MS, University of North Georgia

BS, University of North Georgia

Public Service

National University Nurse Managed Clinic, Volunteer

Seattle King County Clinic, Volunteer - Seattle, WA United States

Awards / Honors

NBCC Minority Fellowship, NBCC, 2014

Faculty Excellence Award, Life University, 2017

Outstanding Researcher Award, CSI, 2015

Research and Scholarly Award, Life University, 2019

Research and Scholarly Award, Life University, 2020


Viehl, C. J., Dispenza, F., Smith, J., Varney, M., Guvensel, K., Suttles, M., McCullough, R., Chang, C., Kaufmann, J., Brack, J. (2017). How do sexual minority men experience burnout in the mental health field? A grounded theory study. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.

McCullough, R., Dispenza, F., Parker, L., Viehl, C. J., Chang, C., Murphy, T. (2017). The counseling experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) clients. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Viehl, C. J., Dispenza, F., McCullough, R., Guvensel, K. (2017). Burnout among sexual minority mental health practitioners: Investigating correlates and experiential themes. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Dispenza, F., Viehl, C. J., Sewell, M., Burke, M., Gaudet, M. (2016). A model of affirmative intersectional rehabilitation counseling with sexual minorities: A grounded theory study. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.

Viehl, C. J., Dispenza, F. (2015). Burnout and coping: An exploratory comparative study of heterosexual and sexual minority mental health practitioners. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.

Viehl, C. J., Dispenza, F. (2015). Gay men and gender roles. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.

Viehl, C. J., Ginicola, M., Charrette, R., Ellis, A. Understanding and Responding to Affectional and Gender Prejudice and Victimization.


Viehl, C. J., Rose, J., Carter, A. (2019). When LGBTQ+ social justice and advocacy hurts: Avoiding vicarious trauma and burnout. ACA.

Viehl, C. J., Rose, J. (2019). Understanding the basics of LGBQ+ and Trans affirming practices in counseling. ACA.

Viehl, C. J., Mphande-Finn, J. (2018). Burnout and Self-Care. City University of Seattle.

Viehl, C. J. (2018). LGBTQI+ Affirming Practices in Higher Education. Southeastern Technical College.

Guvensel, K., Viehl, C. J. (2018). Masculinity and psychological well-being of men. SACES.

Viehl, C. J. (2017). LGBTQI+ Issues in Counseling and Supervision. Tanner Healthcare.

Viehl, C. J., Gess, J. M. (2015). Competencies in counselor education: Counseling LGBTQ clients. NBCC.

Viehl, C. J., McCullough, R., Dispenza, F. (2015). Sexual minority mental health practitioners and minority stress: Implications in counselor burnout and coping. ACES.

McCullough, R., Viehl, C. J., Dispenza, F. (2015). The counseling experiences of transgender clients: Implications for counselors and counselor educators. ACES.

McDonald, P., Viehl, C. J., Golubovic, N., Rumsey, A., Guvensel, K., Smith, J. (2015). A new model: Using a research team to promote excellence, professional identity, and advocacy in counseling. ACA .