Rita Esterly, Ph.D.
Rita Esterly has had the privilege in life to claim all of the following titles:
wife, parent, teacher, community volunteer, school counselor, psychological consultant,
seminar presenter, group facilitator, adjunct professor, psychologist, mentor, life
coach, and author.
Rita Esterly earned her Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the
University of Missouri- Columbia in 1991. Dr. Esterly has earned four degrees from
the University of Missouri including a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master
of Education in Counseling, an Educational Specialist with an emphasis in Marriage
and Family Therapy, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational and Counseling Psychology
with an emphasis in Group Procedures and Child Development.
Over the past thirty years her career has included being a teacher in junior high
and high school, an assistant director of financial aids and placement at a vocational
technical college, an elementary and a junior high school counselor in both the
public and parochial schools, a high school counselor in the public schools, and
a parenting educator. Since she obtained her doctorate degree, she has been an outpatient
therapist at a hospital, a university adjunct professor, a psychological consultant
for a division of the state department of education, and a psychologist establishing
her own private practice.
In her spare time, Dr. Esterly has been active in children’s community theatre,
as a sponsor of a high school Christian youth group, as a mentor to Alpha Phi collegiate
women in the area of scholarship, and as a Rotarian.