The Eclectic Counselor (Author Interview)

The Eclectic Counselor looks like a great book that addresses spiritual and mental health issues.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The Eclectic Counselor is a book that I wrote as a result of my life experiences as a counselor and as a Christian.  I had found that both in the church and out of the church, we all deal with the same issues and many of these issues are mental health and spiritual issues. However, as a counselor, I saw how eclectic these issues were and that there was a lack of love and understanding on how to handle these issues.  This book is a result of all that I have learned on my journey.


How long did it take you to write The Eclectic Counselor?

This book was an ongoing blog I had been posting on Facebook for several years.  I would often read my writings to my husband and he said “Honey, you should put these in a book”  So I did.  I took my writings from my Facebook page, The Eclectic Counselor, and then put them, and new writings into a book which is now available. 

I also have a website at where I put some writings along with other helpful information and a way to reach out to me as it is important to me to follow up with others in case, they have questions, or insights they have learned as a result of reading or spending time with The Lord.


What inspired you when writing The Eclectic Counselor?   

There have been many times in my life that suffering has hit me so hard I didn’t think I would survive.  Back in 2013 I lost my sister due to addiction, then a month later I lost my mother due to a stroke and breast cancer.  Then in 2016 I got colon cancer and a month after that; my husband got the same cancer as me.  What are the odds. Life and all the suffering were often brutal, but I never stopped having faith in God knowing that somehow, he had kept me alive through it all for a reason, or many reasons.  This book prompted me to show some of those reasons as well as counsel others to know that no matter what you endure, God is always with you and will never forsake you.

What will readers get out of your book?

My hope is that it will equip others to understand some of the spiritual roots of affliction as well as draw closer to God who is able to heal and set people free.


How did you come up with the ideas in The Eclectic Counselor?

By reading and deeply studying the Bible, praying, and learning all I can about what God wants me to do with my life so I can be a blessing and know that life, however hard it can be, is purposeful and has meaning when we apply our God given talents and say Yes to Jesus.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Eclectic Counselor?

Yes, I wasn’t sure when to stop.  I have several other writings that I didn’t include because you never stop learning when you read the Bible.  There is only one book that keeps speaking and it is God’s word, our Holy Bible.  So, this book will be a series. It may not have the same name, but the ministry is that of The Eclectic Counselor


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Yes, my name is Dr. Melissa Anne Hathaway. I am a mother of 4 children, and a grandmother of one grandson who I adore. The word widow is a hard word to say because I consider my husband to be very much alive, he is just living with Jesus. He is and always will be my forever man. I am a counselor with a Ph.D. in Psychology as well as a writer.


Where can readers find out more about your work? 

By visiting my website at



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