Faculty, Psychology and Counseling Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



Dr. Owens Gayle, a certified parent and marriage trainer and licensed practitioner, holds doctorates in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Psychology. In addition to her work at Goddard College, Dr. Owens teaches graduate courses in counseling and psychology for Bowie State University and Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea). She integrates naturopathy and personal training approaches in her life and work. After completing mediation certification training, Dr. Owens offers conflict resolution and mediation programming to schools and communities in the Washington Metropolitan area.


DMin, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Howard University
MDiv, Pastoral Care, Virginia Union University
BA, Religion and Philosophy, Virginia Union University

Areas of Expertise

Human services; integrated and holistic services for children, youth and families; substance abuse and professional counseling; pastoral care; counseling and psychology; naturopathy and personal training approaches; mediation certification training; conflict resolution and mediation programming in schools and communities

Personal Statement

In the mid 1980s, I became a student of Dr. Howard Thurman’s writings and concepts that, then, influenced my search for personhood and spirituality. The areas of spirituality, meditation, gender and racial concerns, and nutrition have become central to my personal and professional life.

I have studied holistic health, martial arts, Reiki, and other healing arts. I have an interest in African psychology, womanist theories, substance abuse, family and group therapy, ethics, holistic approaches, sports psychology, pastoral care and counseling, therapeutic rites of passage, social psychology and cultural competency.

I work as a Project Director with Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. in Washington, DC. This program is a Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program called Project Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). My program provides counseling and testing, resident and staff training and discharge planning for the D.C. Department of Corrections and Corporation of America/Central Treatment Facility.

I am a consultant with the Progressive Life Center where I teach the NTU Psychotherapy Course: an African-centered approach to service delivery. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the psychology program at the Southern California University for Professional Studies.