Leadership Team

Since Light Counseling’s founding in 1991, the practice has continued to grow and adapt to ensure we continue to provide professional and distinctively Christian counseling to more members of our community. To continue this goal, Light Counseling has developed an integrative and diversified leadership team of professionals to support Light Counseling’s mission and address the growing mental health needs of our community.

Josh Hartle

Josh Hartle

Business Manager

About Josh

Josh was born and raised in Colorado and moved from Oregon to Virginia in the Spring of 2018. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Human Resource Management and is currently pursuing his Master of Healthcare Administration. Josh began his career in mental health as an intake specialist at an outpatient counseling center and has continued to advance his knowledge of and experience in the mental health field. His faith in Jesus Christ is foundational in his life and work as he aims to fulfill his calling.

Josh wants all of our clients to have an exceptional client experience by ensuring that our intake, billing, client relations processes are confidential, caring, and seamless so our clients may focus their entire attention to their therapy.

Josh has been married for 2 years and enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, playing games, learning new skills, and reading non-fiction literature.

Mercy Connors, PhD.

Mercy Connors, PhD.

Clinical Compliance Officer

About Mercy

Bio coming soon!

L. Paul Bernard, PhD., LPC

L. Paul Bernard, PhD., LPC

Director of Business Development - Resident Supervisor

About Paul

Dr. L. Paul Bernard has more than 20 years of experience in clinical counseling, church ministry, public education, and university teaching, and supervision. He was the Founding Pastor and Senior Pastor of TEN27 Church for over 12 years, a school counselor, a licensed mental health professional, and a professor at Azusa Pacific University, Liberty University and Bethel University.

As a mental health professional, Dr. Bernard has worked in schools as a credentialed school counselor. He also experienced first-hand the depth of love and sacrifice of the foster care provider as the biological child of foster parents. This foundational experience established a core practice model for helping others who navigate through the child welfare and dependency system.

Dr. Bernard is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and works with individuals and families who desire a transformed life, working with adolescents and adults who deal with past issues such as overcoming self-destructive behavior, depression, managing stress, peer pressure, marital conflict, and relationship issues. He helps individuals find tools for unlocking their performance and to produce change…authentic change. He has extensive experience helping parents and teenagers to improve their relationship by showing mutual respect, developing better communication skills, and resolving conflicts. His research and experience include working with trauma, abuse, and attachment need as well as preventing burnout both personally and professionally.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC – California)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S – Virginia)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Clinical Certified Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
  • School Counseling (California)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified