Hi! I’m Edward McQuilling, MSW, LCSW and I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008 and Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. Prior to coming to Rivers Psychotherapy Services, I worked with homeless men and women in the community and surrounding areas, incarcerated individuals and with pre-adolescent children suffering from trauma and severe behavioral issues. My professional interests include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Dynamics and person in the environment. I have a passion for helping others in their time of need, fostering change to create a healthier lifestyle, and advocating for the community. I look forward to meeting your individual needs and contributing to your success.
Dr. Ray Scurfield, DSW, LCSW Professor Emeritus
Hello, I am Dr. Ray Scurfield.
I am a Doctor of Social Work (DSW, 1979; MSW, 1967 — University of Southern California) and have been a Licensed Certified Social Worker since 1971 (California), previously licensed in Washington and Hawaii, and in Mississippi since 1997.
I provide psychotherapy and instruction in coping and alternative meditation and breathing strategies to address a range of mental health issues, to include war and civilian-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, substance use, and life/school/career adjustment.
My psychotherapeutic approach is grounded in Gestalt, Existential, Humanistic and Experiential therapies, along with creative meditation techniques/strategies and cognitive-behavioral therapy. As such, I respect and believe in the inherent strengths and wisdom potential that lie within each person, and that with proper interventions, support and feedback clients will be better able to foster and actualize their inner strengths and decision-making capabilities to promote more self-satisfying and meaningful lives that they so deserve.
Also, I am the external clinical consultant to the Biloxi VA Vet Center (2012–current) and have the privilege to provide monthly consultation concerning Vet Center services to veterans and their families.
My counseling is enriched by my education/training/faith & varied life experiences: *Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (1965)
Military active duty, captain (Social Work Officer, 1967-71) – including one year with an Army psychiatric team, Vietnam (1968-69); and co-led two return trips to Vietnam (1989 & 2000)
I've had 25 years associated with the VA mental health leadership and clinical career, i.e., National Assistant Director for Clinical Services, VA Vet Center Program, VA HQ, Washington, D.C. (1982-85); Founding Director of both the (1) PTST Program, American Lake VA, Tacoma WA (1985-91) and (2) National Center for PTSD, Honolulu, HI (1992-97)
I also have 13-year social work faculty experience with University of Southern Mississippi (1998-2012) — 15 awards for teaching & service (to include a “Hero of Katrina”) and awarded professor emeritus status
Mississippi Social Worker of the Year (2006) for my clinical and organizational work post-Katrina, and writings and presentations about Hurricane Katrina and post-disaster recovery.
Awarded both the Mississippi & National 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards by the National Association of Social Work
Author of 70+ book chapters and journal articles, and 6 books. Seventh book is in press (2018), NASW Press: Faith & Non-Faith Based Meditation: Practical, Creative & Post-Traumatic Applications. For providers, their patients & clients (working title). 350+ presentations