Meet Marcella

Dr. Marcella Atwater, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CT


Dr. Atwater has been actively involved in the nursing profession for more than 35 years and is a seasoned nurse educator and clinician. Dr. Atwater earned her PhD in Education from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Atwater explored the experience of bereaved college students: A hermeneutic phenomenological study. Marcella earned her first Master’s degree in Community Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia and her second Master’s degree in Counseling from North Carolina Central University, Durham North Carolina.

As a clinician, Dr. Atwater’s primary work focuses on helping grieving clients make healthy adjustments. Dr. Atwater is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Dr. Atwater also holds a certification in Death, Dying and Bereavement. She chaired the Multicultural Committee for the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Atwater developed The Comfort Method to help young adults learn how to build healthy relationships.

As an educator, Dr. Atwater has helped students understand a variety of subjects including Therapeutic Communication, Community Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Research, Role Development, Cultural Issues in Nursing, Pathophysiology, Loss and Grief, and Leadership. Dr. Atwater has teaching experience in both traditional and non-traditional programs with undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Atwater garnered tremendous praise for articles titled, “The Holiday Blues”, and “Victims, Delayed Responses”.

Dr. Atwater is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Association, The American Counseling Association and Sigma Theta, the international honor society for nursing. Dr. Atwater enjoys white water rafting and doll collecting.

If you seek services from someone with a diverse background, Dr. Atwater looks forward to helping you find solutions, manage your challenges and reach your goals.