Paula Swindle


  • Ph.D., Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Appalachian State University
  • B.A., English/Language Arts Teacher Education, Wake Forest University

Paula Swindle is a licensed clinical mental health counselor/supervisor, an assistant professor of counseling and the Hickory campus program coordinator.

Swindle’s more than 20 years of clinical work have included youth and family therapy, private practice, crisis assessment and integrative care providing counseling services in medical settings. In addition, she has designed mental health programming and curriculum for psychiatric, cardiac, pulmonary and oncology departments at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. She is passionate about interdisciplinary work in medical settings.

She serves as the Catawba Valley Association of Counselors and Therapists vice president and provides clinical supervision services for provisionally licensed counselors in North Carolina. Her research interests include counseling in medical settings and counseling and spirituality, particularly in religious abuse. She has recently begun co-hosting the podcast “Sacred Intersections” with local pastor Reverend Jill Isola, which focuses on the intersection between religion and mental health, including Scripture, sacred texts, theology, harmful ideology and religious/spiritual abuse.