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The following lists are provided as a source of information for our constituents. Neither FamilyLife® nor FamilyLife Today® endorse, certify, or verify any of the following counselors, counseling organizations, or training resources. The purpose and objectives of the list are strictly informative and educational.

The official position of FamilyLife and FamilyLife Today on Christian counseling is that persons seeking Christian counseling should consult with their pastors and trusted Christian friends in their community first as they seek how to find a Christian counselor or organization that can help meet their needs.

Regional and Local Organizations:

Alabama

Briarwood Presbyterian Church
Director: Peggy Riley – Lay Counseling Program
2200 Briarwood Way
Birmingham, AL 35243
(205) 776-5281
earkie1@earthlink.net

Warren Counseling Services
Cindy H. Warren
PO box 1947
Daphne, AL 36526
(251) 621-8737
cindyhwarren@yahoo.com

Eastwood Counseling Ministries
Director: Rev. Lou Priolo
1701 E Trinity Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 277-8404

Alaska

Fairbanks Baptist Bible College
Director: Rev. Marshall Hamilton
138 Farewell Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
iyq@Agci.net

Arkansas

Living: Marriage, Family, Relationships
Mike and Gini Pickle
Biblical/Pastoral Instruction
PO Box 748
Clinton, AR 72031
501-733-9608
501-733-8906
living.mfr@outlook.com
www.livingmfr.com

California

Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship
Executive Director: George Scipione
5333 Lake Murray Boulevard
La Mesa, CA 91942-1335
(619) 462-9775
www.ibcd.org

The Bernstein Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy
Director: Dr. Peter M. Bernstein
600 Seavey Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707)781-3335, Ext. 2
peter@bernsteininstitute.com
www.bernsteininstitute.com

Nathan Berghorst, MFT
1108 West Main Street
Ripon, CA 95366
Central Valley/Northern California
Phone: (209) 573-1883
Fax: (209) 593-2287
Website: www.ChristianMarriageAndFamilyTherapist.com

Biblical Counseling Ctr. of Sonoma County
Director: Rev. Kevin Kirby
620 E Washington St., Ste. 205
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-1296
revkevpet@aol.com
www.counselfromthebible.org

Lu Ann Ahrens, MS, LMFT
5015 Canyon Crest Drive, Ste. 106
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 782-8050 (phone)
(951) 782-9639 (fax)
luahrens@sbcglobal.net
www.luannahrens.com

Biblical Counseling Center
Director: Dr John Street
21726 Placerita Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91322
(800) 568-6248 ext 3031
jstreet@masters.edu
The Master's College

Visalia Evangelical Free Church
Director: Dr Robert Somerville
1317 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 627-3912
bobs@vefc.net

Colorado

Fara Murata, LCSW
Rapha Counseling Center, Inc.
5511 West 56th Avenue, #200
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 898-4800
raphacounseling@yahoo.com

Transformed Hearts Counseling Center
Specializing in: porn addiction, sexual addictions and intimacy, anorexia locally, nationally, globally
Executive director: Cory M. Schortzman MA LPC
15455 Gleneagle Dr Ste., 200 Colorado Springs CO 80921
and 5290 E. Yale Circle, Suite 105, Denver CO 80222
Phone: 719-590-1350
Website: www.transformedhearts.com

Delaware

Life Enrichment Christian Counseling Center
Biblical counseling
Executive Directors: Dot Huff, Jeff Stark
1006 Wilson Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
(302) 478-3848

Florida

Charis Counseling Center
Director: Jim Keller
2714 Rew Circle
Suite 300
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 656-3111 (phone)
(407) 656-3973 (fax)
info@chariscounselingcenter.com

New Life Counseling Center
Dr. Bob Fischer
Specializing in marriage and relationship restoration
Offices in Ormond and South Daytona
Email: Fischer511@aol.com
Cell: (386) 679-4482
Website: NewLifeCounselingCenter.net/

Georgia

Crossroads Counseling
Director: Brad Hambrick
3665 Wheeler Road, Suite 1B
Augusta, Georgia 30909
(706) 364-1270
www.crossroadsaugusta.org

Christian Life Coach of Atlanta
Priscilla J. King
4485 Tench Road, Suite 840T
Suwanee, GA 30024
(678) 523-0525
pjking@bellsouth.net

Illinois

Biblical Counseling Center
Dr Ronald Allchin
3233 N Arlington Heights Rd., Ste. 302
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 398-7193
BiblicalCC@aol.com
biblicalcounselingctr.org

New Horizons Counseling and Coaching Center
Lynn Bednarz, LCPC, CADC, BCPCC
Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor
237 Southwick Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 951-1457
bednarzlw@ameritech.net

Orenza L. Jaske, LCPC, CADC
600 Spring Hill Ring Road, Suite 110
West Dundee, IL 60118
(846) 338-9076
ojaske@gmail.com

Indiana

Rod & Staff Ministries
PO Box 176
Greenwood, IN 46142
Dr Woodrow Church
(317) 859-6941 ext 278
GodsWord23@aol.com

Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries
Edris Olson
5526 State Road 26 East
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 448-1555
eolson@fbcmlafayette.org
www.fbcmlafayette.org

Iowa

Dr. Gary & Barb Rosberg ~ Your Marriage Coaches
2540 106th Street, Suite 101
Des Moines, Iowa 50322
(888) 608-COACH (x9120) (phone)
(515) 334-7486 (fax)
DrGaryAndBarb.com

Kansas

Doug Burford, D.Min, LPC, EMDR, CSD

Resonate Relationship Clinic

7381 W 133rd St., Suite 260

Overland Park, KS  66213

Counseling appointments: (913) 647-8092 or deercreekclinic@gmail.com

Training, seminars, other:  (913) 642-2190 or info@dougburford.com




Louisiana

Dr. Roger Butner
17170 Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
(225) 753-7773
hopeforyourfamily.com

Biblical Family Soulcare
Director: Rev Sid Galloway
3823 Coventry St
Slidell, LA 70458
(504) 646-1413
sid@soulcare.org
soulcare.org

Maine

Hollis Center Baptist Church
Director: Pastor Ron Sargent
Box 180 Hollis Center, ME 04042
(207) 929-4711
ronsargent@sacoriver.net

Massachusetts

Christian Counseling
Craig Mattheson, Pastoral Counselor
446 Prospect Street
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 273-5100
www.craigmattheson.com
craig@craigmattheson.com

Michigan

Biblical Counseling Center
Director: Rev Kenneth Smith
515 Baldwin St Jenison, MI 49428
(616) 457-0050
Ksmith4880@CS.com

Minnesota

Brent Baumler, MS, LPC
Wendy Baumler, MA, LMFT
1500 McAndres Road West, Suite 201
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 892-8495
CounselingCare.us

Bachmann & Associates, Inc.
Tim Johnson, MSW, LMFT, LICSW
Linda I. Gale, MA, LMFT
Sara Werner, MA, LP, RPT-S
Andrya Dieter, PsyD
8669 Eagle Point Blvd
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
(651) 379-0444
CounselingCare.us

Missouri

Kevin Wilburn LPC, RPT
Triumph Christian Counseling
1000 West Nifong Blvd, Bldg 4, Ste 201A
Columbia, MO  65203
(573) 355-5735
Kevin@TriumphChristianCounseling.com

Montana

Gallatin Valley Presbyterian Church
514 Terrance Loop Rd
Bozeman, MT 59718
Dr Craig Rowe
(406) 585-2223
craigrrowe@aol.com

New Jersey

Robin Downs
11 Metekunk Drive
Ewing, NJ 08618
(609) 247-4343
downsrobin@aol.com

New York

Grace Counseling Ministry
John J. Iamaio, Ph.D.
649 Adeline Drive
Webster, New York 14580
(585) 671-9365

North Carolina

Jessica B. Call, MA, LPC
204 Jefferson Street, Suite 106
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
(336) 838-1644
carenetnc.com

Pastors for Nouthetic Ministry
Director: Pastor Jim Bledsoe
610 E Lake Dr
Greensboro, NC 27405
(336) 275-9275

Ohio

Ryan P. Smith, LISW-S, LCDL-III
Directions Counseling
6797 N. High St., Ste. 350
Columbus, OH 43085
(614) 888-9200
ryansmith@directionscounseling.com

Biblical Counseling Institute
Director: Rev Joe Propri
8146 High St
Garrettsville, OH 44231
(330) 527-4205
info@bci-ohio.com

Clearcreek Chapel Counseling Ministries
Director: Greg Cook
P.O. Box 327
Springboro, OH 45066
counseling.admin@clearcreekchapel.org
ChapelCounseling.org

Wheelersburg Baptist Church
Director: Pastor Brad Brandt
P.O. Box 224
Wheelersburg, OH 45694
(740) 574-5116
brandt@zoomnet.net

Pennsylvania

Equipping for Life & Ministry Institute & Counseling Center
Director: Dr Wayne Mack
20 N Main Street
Coopersburg, PA 18034
(610) 282-5532
MackMinistries.org

Evans Counseling Services
Heather Evans, LCSW
550 E. Station Avenue
Coopersburg, PA 18036
(610) 282-5735
HeatherEvansOnline.com
heatherevanslcsw@hotmail.com

Life Enrichment Christian Counseling Center
Biblical counseling
Executive Directors: Dot Huff, Jeff Stark
Erdenheim, Pennsylvania 19038
(215) 481-9878

Christian Counseling Education Foundation (CCEF)
Biblical counseling education and training, resources, seminars
Contact: Ed Welch
1803 E. Willow Grove Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
(215) 884-7676
www.ccef.org

David W. Musser
Gingrich's Family Ministry
100 Forney Rd.
Lebanon, PA   17042
(717) 274-1521
gingrichschurch@comcast.net

Nancy Mehesy
13 South Main Street
Manheim, PA 17545
(717) 877-1598
mehesyn@yahoo.com

Thomas Nowak, MA
Christian Counselors Collaborative
801 Union Place
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-200-8171
tnowak5@verizon.net

Charis Counseling Services
Christina Moyer
320 North Third Street
Telford, PA 18969
267-440-4306
chris.moyer@pennvalleychurch.org 

Nancy L. Morton, MSW, LCSW
50 Eastern Avenue, Suite 115
Greencastle, PA 17225
(717) 597-0095

South Carolina

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Director: Dr Jay Adams
3870 Duncan Moore Hwy
Moore, SC 29369
(864) 574-1661
RedeemerChurch@mindspring.com

Grace Harbor Counseling Ministries
Director: Dr. Jon Hagen
P.O. Box 25333
Greenville, SC 29616
(864) 915-7070
info@graceharborministries.org

Jim M. Harbin
Peidmont Psychiatric Services
2094 Woodruff Road
Greenville, SC 29607
864-676-9211, ex. 133
jharbin@piedmontpsych.com

Tennessee

Samuel Rainey
P.O. Box 1143
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 656-4430
SamuelRainey.com

Gail M. Sikes, Ph.D.
127 Jordan Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 894-9878
www.drgailmsikes.com

Texas

Center for Biblical Counseling
Bruce Edstrom
9401 LBJ Freeway, Suite 420
Dallas, TX 75243
Office Phone: 214-987-1776, ext. 26
(469) 688-3605 (Voicemail)
www.cbc-dallas.com

Mary Betts, DMin
Journeys
Euless, TX (Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex)
journeys.mary@gmail.com
214-223-5902

Dr. Karl Elkins LPC, ThM, MA, BCBCC
Christway Counseling Center, P.C.
Christian Marriage Counseling Specialist
10575 Katy Freeway, Suite 315
Houston, TX 77024
drelkins@christwaycounseling.com
http://www.christwaycounseling.com
(832) 358-0900 (phone)
(832) 358-0901 (fax)

Biblical Counseling Resources
Director: Michael T. McCloskey
8600 Wurzbach Suite 1021
San Antonio, Texas 78240
(210) 692-9992
www.mccloskeycounseling.com

Utah

Leah Harter, M.A. LPC
Counseling Center of Park City
P.O. Box 683480
Christian Center of Park City
1283 Deer Valley Drive
Park City, UT 84068
(303) 981-9685
leahharter@msn.com
Christian Center of Park City

Virginia

Christian Counseling & Training Center, Inc.
Director: Andrew Redford
3602 Floyd Ave.
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 358-1343 (phone)
(804) 358-9849 (fax)
info@cctcinc.org

West Virginia

Grace Fellowship Church
Director: Rev Robert Jones
2296 Joy Lane
Culloden, WV 25510
(304)562-6604
rdavidjones@juno.com

Wisconsin

The Center for Christian Counseling, Consultation and Training
Clinical Director: Kevin Randall
Cheri Milton, MS, MFT
Amy Vincent, MS, MA, LMFT
5310 Wall Street, Suite 500
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 274-8294
ChristianCounselingMadison.com

 


National Counseling and Conflict Resolution Organizations:

Live at Peace Ministries
Children's Hope International Building
11780 Borman Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Telephone: (314) 479-9028
Fax: (866) 387-2869
Website: LiveAtPeace.org
Email: http://liveatpeace.org/contact/

Staff: Daniel Teater, President
Joani Nester, Director of Counseling
John Richardson, Director of Reconciliation Services

Philosophy: Live at Peace Ministries provides a unique and distinct approach to help couples, families, churches and organizations experiencing conflict. Our custom-tailored, on-site intensive counseling and mediation services are generally offered by a team of two or more trained and experienced Certified Christian Mediators. Following reconciliation efforts, we help our clients, in conjunction with local church and community agencies, develop a restoration plan for ongoing healing. We endeavor to provide services that are biblically faithful, Christ-centered and redemptive.


National Institute of Marriage
2175 Sunset Inn Road
Branson, MO   65616
Telephone: (417) 335-5882
866-875-2915
http://nationalmarriage.com/
info@nationalmarriage.com

Co-Presidents: Robert S. Paul and Mark Pyatt

Counselors:
Dr. Robert Burbee
Cindy Irwin
Ryan Pannell
Brett Sparks

Marriage Intensives: Thousands of marriages, situations as complex and painful as yours, have been transformed with the help of professionals who understand where you are right now and care deeply about where you and your spouse wind up in the future. Marriage Intensives through the National Institute of Marriage are personalized, intimate programs for restoring individuals and rebuilding marriages. Our all-inclusive programs are more than couples counseling, more than a plan to stop divorce or a weekend session at a church. Marriage Intensives are new beginnings, even for husbands and wives who think all hope is lost.

A Unique Resort Environment:Customized programs take you away from distractions and routines and allow the two of you to escape to the tranquility of Sunset Inn in Branson, Missouri or WinShape Marriage Retreat Center in Rome, Georgia. The focused environment makes your complex situation feel simpler; enabling you to experience the serenity and space you need to focus on yourself … and on each other.


Association of Biblical Counselors
209 North Industrial Boulevard
Suite 237
Bedford, TX 76021
Telephone: 877-ABC-4551
Find a Counselor

President: Jeremy Lelek Ph.D, LPC

Philosophy: ABC exists to encourage, equip, and empower people everywhere to live and counsel the Word, applying the gospel to the whole experience of life.

We are also committed to facilitating a deeper understanding of biblical counseling as well as identifying ideas, presuppositions, methods, and principles that have been adopted by the Christian community which merit further inquiry and debate with regards to biblical compatibility.

  • Encourage: ABC provides a fellowship of believers committed to life transformation through the Living Word.
  • Equip: ABC promotes training in biblical counseling and points to resources that deal biblically with all of the issues of life.
  • Empower: ABC provides excellent materials for growth in Christ and for use in effective biblical counseling.

The Biblical Counseling Network (BCN) is a ministry of the Association of Biblical Counselors.  Its purpose is to provide access to individuals and families around the world seeking counsel based upon distinctively biblical principles. Counselors found within the BCN either hold a state license in counseling or psychology, hold a certification in biblical counseling, possess an advanced education, or experience in biblical counseling.


Christian Counseling Education Foundation (CCEF)
Counseling education, counseling resources, seminars, courses

Membership: "All of our faculty adhere to the statement that the biblical counselor, by definition, is committed to the Old and New Testaments as the only authoritative rule of faith and practice. Both the faith and conduct of the biblical counselor, as well as his counseling theory and practice, are formed by the standards of Scripture." (Doctrinal Statement)

Philosophy: "The mission of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) is to see hearts transformed as God applies his Word to the problems of life. God's grace, God's Word, and God's people are what Christians need for personal change, spiritual growth, and help with the pressing problems of life. Sadly, many in the church look elsewhere for help. They don't see how the Bible connects with their problems. Others think biblical counseling is nothing more than throwing a Bible verse at a problem - and they've seen that approach come up empty. CCEF leads a biblical counseling movement that teaches people how to explore the rich wisdom of Scripture and apply it to the complexities of human life." (About Us)

Contact: Ed Welch
1803 E. Willow Grove Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
(215) 884-7676
www.ccef.org


Christian Care Network (CCN)

Network of Christian counselors with membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors

Membership: "The Christian Care Network (CCN), a division of AACC is a national referral network of community and church-based, licensed professional counseling providers…committed to providing biblical, theological, and psychological truth that ministers to the soul of a hurting person and helps them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity. CCN members have demonstrated minimal requirements and competencies for clinical excellence and Biblical integration in Christ-centered care." (Mission Statement, CCN Statement)

Philosophy: The CCN is committed "to promoting the advancement of Christian counseling and the integration of Christian theology with psychology, psychiatry, and mental health. The ultimate goal of Christian counseling is to help others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity. Christian counselors do not presume that all clients want or will be receptive to explicit spiritual interventions in counseling. We obtain consent that honors client choice, receptivity to these practices, and the timing and manner in which these things are introduced: prayer for and with clients, Bible reading and reference, spiritual meditation, the use of biblical and religious imagery, assistance with spiritual formation and discipline, and other common spiritual practices." (Statement of Faith, Consent for Biblical-Spiritual Practices in Counseling)

Caveat: Christians should carefully discuss attempts at "integration of Christian theology with psychology, psychiatry, and mental health." For more on this, see David Powlison's book, Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2003).

P. O. Box 739
Forest, VA 24551
434.525.9470 (voice)
434.525.9480 (fax) 
www.aacc.net


Peacemaker Ministries
Marital conflict resolution, Christian conciliation of all disputes, resources, seminars

Membership: "Peacemaker Ministries' mission is to equip and assist Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically. We prepare church leaders, adults, and children for peacemaking through educational resources, seminars, and training. We also provide conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration services to resolve church and ministry disputes, lawsuits, family divisions, and business conflicts." (Our Mission)

Philosophy: Peacemaker Ministries (PM) has four distinctives: The Necessity of Biblical Counseling, The Comprehensiveness of God's Word, The Centrality of Christ, and The Responsibility of the Church. They believe "destructive conflict comes from desires that battle within people's hearts. Therefore, we do not merely try to resolve surface issues. We also counsel parties to find their fulfillment in Christ, renounce sinful desires and actions that have contributed to conflict, and seek genuine reconciliation with others. We believe that God's Word is totally authoritative and completely sufficient for all aspects of life, and his peacemaking commands and promises apply to every conflict a Christian can encounter." (Our Distinctives)

P.O. Box 81130
Billings, MT 51092
406-256-1583
www.peacemaker.net


Setting Captives Free
On-Line studies for addictions, pornography, homosexuality, teenage purity, smoking and gluttony, with daily on line mentoring and accountability

Membership: "Setting Captives Free exists to offer Christ-centered Hope and Freedom to those in the grip of sin through accountability to Bible-based Truth resulting in the true enjoyment of Life in and for the Glory of God. Setting Captives Free Mentors go through Setting Captives Free's free 60-day courses, the 120-day Mentorship Course, and study other biblical resources. Our mentors are also encouraged to continue to NANC certification or IABC training, which many are doing. All Setting Captives Free's mentors obtain approval and recommendation from their pastor via the SCF Mentor Pastor/Elder Approval Form." (Mission Statement, E-mail submission from Founder & President, Mike Cleveland)

Philosophy: "We are an alternative to psychology, 'Christian' or otherwise. We believe in biblical counseling and that God's Word is sufficient for all the problems of mankind. We affirm the power and sufficiency of God's Word, as applied by God's Spirit, without any other man-devised resources, to heal and deliver man from sin and self. We watch people become totally new creations in Christ, who have previously been to the world, or to integrationists for many years. We know God made the human heart and therefore only God can fix the human heart, and He does so through His Word, apart from any additions or discoveries by man." (FAQs, E-mail submission, Founder & President, Mike Cleveland)

Director: Mike Cleveland
"SGC-Setting Captives Free"
Shepherds Grace Church
2325 Medina Road
Medina, OH 44256
330-239-2600
E-mail: info@settingcaptivesfree.com
Go to SettingCaptivesFree.com for online courses and accountability from a mentor.


New Life Ministries
Counseling referrals, counseling resources and seminars

Membership: "New Life Ministries is a community of professional Christian counselors that look to serve as an agent of healing and transformation in the lives of people worldwide. We are a network of thousands of Christian therapists inclusive of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, addictions specialists, pastoral counselors, child counselors, etc." (Overview; Membership Application)

Philosophy: "We believe it is essential to integrate Scripture and psychology into the counseling process and to be able to discard principles and training that are inconsistent with Scripture. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God and believe that all psychological principles should be thoroughly evaluated through the grid of Scripture, and that Scripture always holds the final authority." (Statement of Faith, Becoming a Christian Counselor)

Caveat: Christians should carefully discuss attempts "to integrate Scripture and psychology into the counseling process." For more on this, see David Powlison's book, Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2003).

P.O. Box 650500
Dallas, TX 75265-0500
1-800-NEW-LIFE (639-5433)
newlife.com

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