Veronica M. Wanzer, PhD, LCPC, aka, Dr. V, a native New Yorker, has served as a counselor and clinical supervisor in Maryland for ten+ years. In 2018, Dr. V graduated with a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University. Her dissertation focused on counselor competence with gender diverse clients. Immediately following graduation, she continued her journey as a counselor educator teaching in both Online and traditional Master’s-level counseling programs across the country, engaging with counseling students worldwide! At Walden University, Dr. V teaches courses in the Master’s and Doctoral level counseling program, including dissertation committee service.

Dr. V’s research interests include issues of social justice, counselor competence, and counselor professional identity. To disseminate this work, Dr. V presents at various counseling and interdisciplinary conferences on a yearly basis, including the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE) national conferences. She is currently engaged in various innovative research, social change projects, and publication efforts focused on social change and counseling at an international level. She published her first peer-reviewed article in the Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling. In 2020-2021, Dr. V’s served as President of the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE-MD), engaging in social change and service efforts to support the LGBTQ+ clinical community. In this role, Dr. V works with the SAIGE-MD board and members to move forward legislation and regulations that affirm and validate the existence and needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the realm of counseling.

At Families First Counseling and Psychiatry, Dr. V serves as the counselor clinical supervisor and field instructor for counseling interns. Dr. V’s Email: