B.A. in English, Hartwick College, 1971
M.S. in Counseling, Syracuse University, 1974
Licensed as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1987
Board member of the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB) since 1996
SOAB Approved Treatment Provider since 2014
Director of Counseling Services
Townsend began his professional career as a prevention specialist for West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission where he worked for five years. He began his career as a mental health therapist with Divine Providence Hospital in 1981. He worked at Divine for 20 years, eventually becoming licensed as a psychologist and supervisor of the outpatient mental health department. After leaving the hospital, Townsend worked in mental health clinics in Williamsport and had the good fortune of being hired by Lycoming College in 2005 as the Director of Counseling Services.
Townsend defines his clinical work as a solution-focused, brief therapy that applies cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with a focus on strengths and abilities. He has received extensive training with notable brief therapists such as Bill O’Hanlon and Steve de Shazer.
Townsend developed a clinical specialty in evaluating and treating individuals who have committed sexual misconduct. Because of this experience and background, he was appointed to the Sexual Offender Assessment Board at its inception in 1996. He is approved by the board to provide treatment to individuals currently under supervision for sexual misconduct.
Since college, Townsend has practiced yoga and meditation. He is a long-time endurance athlete in running and road bike. He plays tennis routinely and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking, especially with family members.