Gary H. Lovejoy


Gary H. Lovejoy, M.A., MRE, Ph.D., was a professor of psychology and a professor of religion at Mt. Hood Community College for 32 years and has had a private practice in professional counseling for more than 38 years.  He is the founder and current principal therapist of Valley View Counseling Services, LLC in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to earning his doctorate in psychology from United States International University, Dr. Lovejoy also earned a master’s degree in religious education from Fuller Theological Seminary. It was this background of both psychological and theological education that gave him the opportunity to teach both psychology courses and courses in World Religions, Old Testament, and New Testament.

Dr. Lovejoy’s years of experience as a counselor have included assisting pastors and ministry leaders.  He also counsels individuals, couples, and families dealing with depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, marital issues, and many other issues. Dr. Lovejoy has conducted many seminars on marriage relationships, self-image, and depression, which have prompted him to write extensively on these subjects. Correspondingly, he has been a speaker at many family camps, couples’ retreats, and college conferences.

In addition, he has co-authored (with Gregory Knopf, M.D.) the book Light in the Darkness: Finding Hope in the Shadow of Depression (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2015), which integrates psychological principles with theological principles of faith in addressing the issues underlying depression, as well as writing as a regular contributor to the Moody website for young couples, He has also written for Ron Forseth’s, and has recently co-authored an e-book entitled 9 Lies about Depression which can be downloaded free from their website, .

Dr. Lovejoy is an evangelical Christian and is presently a member of Athey Creek Christian Fellowship, in Wilsonville, Oregon. In past years, he has been involved in worship hour preaching, teaching adult Sunday School classes, and has held other positions of church leadership.  He lives in Happy Valley, Oregon, with his wife, Sue, and has two married adult children and four young grandchildren.