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Counseling Services

Belhaven University seeks to meet the needs of students by fostering a warm environment of personal contact between students, faculty, and staff members. Additionally, professional counseling services are available on campus for all full-time traditional students during the Fall and Spring semesters through Hopewell Counseling. Hopewell is a group of Christian counselors who have a heart for individuals who are hurting. They provide counseling and education that is Biblically based and psychologically sound. Each of the counselors is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, and each counselor is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 601-724-5040 ext. 110 or emailing Hopewell at The first appointment is free; after the first visit, there is a nominal charge of $5 per session. A short-term model of counseling (4-6 sessions) is used in order to best serve the greatest number of students. However, students may continue to see the Hopewell Counselors after six sessions at Hopewell's regular fee schedule. Those requiring more extensive counseling will be referred to appropriate services in the Jackson area.

Confidentiality Guaranteed: The Hopewell staff complies with all standard confidentiality laws. Information is only disclosed to the University as required by law for the safety of the client or other persons.

Counseling Services for:

  • Depression
  • Sexual & Physical Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Family Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Crisis Issues
  • Codependency
  • Grief & Loss
  • Addictive & Compulsive Behaviors
  • Alcohol Concerns
  • Behaviors

Alcohol Resources:

If you are concerned that alcohol is becoming a problem in your life, click on of the links below to take an anonymous self-assessment. Each of the tests takes about ten minutes to complete. Please remember that these tests only help indicate whether or not alcohol may be a problem behavior for you. If you think it may be a problem, regardless of what these tests say, please speak with someone.

Meet the Hopewell Counseling Staff:

Dea Dean, MAMFT
Dea graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2013 and she received a B.S. in psychology from Belhaven University in 2010. Dea is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is certified in administering Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling curriculum. Dea has been married since 2011. You can reach Dea at (601) 724-5040 Ext. 106 or at

Mike Hillerman, MAMFT
Mike also received his Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2008. He has been married since 1994 and has four children. Mike left a fifteen year career in software development to become a marriage and family therapist and is a co-founder of Hopewell Counseling. You can contact Mike at