Recommendations for Biblical Counselors – 2022
Last Updated: November, 2021
Counseling at Vintage Church takes several forms—much of the informal counsel people receive at Vintage occurs in the context of Community Groups, or with one of our pastors. For formal counseling, and especially therapeutic counseling, we have several recommendations for licensed biblical counselors in the Raleigh/Durham area that are available as additional, trusted resources.
Please note – you are responsible for all fees charged by the counselor. If you are not able to pay those fees, please contact the Vintage pastor you’ve been meeting with (if applicable), or Jordan Penley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office at (919) 829-7087, to see if financial assistance is available.
Biblical Counselor Recommendations
Beverly J. Anderson has her masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She has been in the field since 1988 and has worked in a variety of settings, including residential crisis centers, juvenile detention, church counseling centers, and private practice. The Andersons draw from many years of training and experience to assist their clients with their various concerns – anxiety, depression, marital/relational distress, addictions, dysfunctional family histories, PTSD & traumatic experiences, among others.
Dr. John A. Anderson has his doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) and is a North Carolina Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider in Psychology (HSP-P). He also holds two masters degrees; one in counseling psychology and the other in clinical psychology. He has been practicing in the field since 1988 in a variety of settings, including residential treatment for teen boys, community mental health, public schools, church counseling centers, active duty US Air Force, and private practice. The Andersons draw from many years of training and experience to assist their clients with their various concerns – anxiety, depression, marital/relational distress, addictions, dysfunctional family histories, PTSD & traumatic experiences, among others.
Douglas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate providing psychotherapy and coaching for adults and adolescents. He operates a therapy practice supporting people in living purposeful, joy-filled lives, and he desires to help people connect more deeply with others and more deeply with God. His areas of focus include stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, spirituality, vocational discernment and work-related challenges, life transitions, addiction recovery, and leadership development and coaching. He engages in practice that is psychologically and theologically integrated, and utilizes a range of clinical approaches. He is anchored in a relational orientation, viewing the relationship between client and therapist as central to creating change.
Kelly Ferraro is a Licensed ProfessionalCounselor(LPC) with experience counseling families and individuals. She has worked with individual adults and adolescents in the areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, and transition. Her private practice focuses on connecting with others on a heart level, helping them to experience freedom and new perspectives on old patterns that they face in their lives.
Eric Fesmire’s areas of emphasis in the counseling world include anxiety, depression, shame issues,sex and porn addiction, couples counseling, and processing trauma. He obtained a Masters in Counseling and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which helps incorporate Christian theology and spirituality for Christian clients. Eric believes helping clients grow in their awareness and appreciation of their internal world of thoughts, emotions, and memories, leads to a place of healing, hope, and renewed connection with themselves, God, and others. Rates: $90 per individual session (discounted rate of $60 available to college students) Insurance: Eric is out of network for insurance, please consult your insurance policy for possible refund opportunities.Eric is also putting together counseling groups, including explicitly Christian ones, for sex and porn addiction. With enough interest, this would be available at $50 for each group session.
A native of Atlanta, Anne graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology. After a year of missionary work in East Asia, Anne married Van and taught Pre-Kindergarten for a short time before moving to Philadelphia where she received a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She participated in a counseling internship at Christian Counseling Education Foundation (CCEF), with a focus on family and children. She moved back to Raleigh in 2006 and began counseling as a ministry. Anne is passionate about helping people connect their particular problems of life with the person and work of Christ in nuanced, personal, meaningful, and practical ways. She specializes in anxiety, depression, identity in Christ, stress, life transitions, marriage, grief, and loss. Anne enjoys leading the women’s ministry at her church, teaching the Bible, and speaking at retreats and conferences. She and her husband Van have three children, and in her free time, she loves to play the piano and guitar, write, and sip coffee with friends.
Kaitlyn received an undergraduate degree in interpersonal communication from NC State University and is currently pursuing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. For the past 4 years, she has served with Cru at UNC and NC State investing in and discipling women on campuses. She believes therapy allows room for people to learn more about themselves, their story, and how they relate to others. She is passionate about creating a space for others to experience compassion, support, and empowerment. Kaitlyn’s goal is to provide a warm environment where clients will feel known and cared for. She is particularly passionate about anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image, integration of spirituality and counseling, relationship issues, life transitions, and career counseling.
Carly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who received her undergraduate degree from Elon University and continued her studies at the University of Chicago, where she obtained a Master’s in Social Work. Carly specializes in working with children, adolescents, and college aged students who are coping with the effects of anxiety, depression, faith issues, family separation and conflict, grief and loss, life transitions, and trauma. Carly brings a trauma informed approach to her work with all clients and seeks to walk alongside them as they make peace with their minds and bodies. She believes that true healing and life transformation happens at the intersection of encounters with the living God, His word, and coping strategies from modern psychology. She relies on therapeutic modalities such as Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Therapy. Carly accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, State Health Plan, Tricare, and private pay clients.
Anne Larsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with adolescents and their families, college students, adults and couples. She holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Masters in Biblical Studies, both from Reformed Theological Seminary. Anne has worked as a counselor for over 11 years, serving in both private practice and school settings. Anne’s particular areas of treatment include eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, women’s issues, children of divorce, spiritual issues, and marital and family therapy.
April has been a part of the LifeCare team since 2008. She holds a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received Gordon-Conwell’s prestigious Division of Ministry Award in Clinical Counseling. April enjoys using a scriptural lens in working with transition in life issues, identity formation, anxiety, depression, communication and conflict resolution, grief, forgiveness, and finally marital growth.
Emily Moore is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who provides therapy to individuals and couples with a focus on anxiety and depression, codependency, addressing family of origin issues, life transitions and identity development. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and practiced in Chicago before moving to the Raleigh area. Emily’s goal as a therapist is to create a safe space where each client can ask difficult questions, explore their struggles and find hope. She utilizes a psychodynamic perspective in therapy, seeking both to alleviate symptoms and to help each client understand what is impeding the growth process underneath the surface of those symptoms. Emily is passionate about integrating theology and psychology, helping each individual to realize more fully who they are created to be and experience healing and wholeness. She is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and uses his therapy gifts to provide sound counsel for those who are in need. He graduated from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and attended UNC-Chapel Hill for his undergraduate degree. Matt believes therapy should be a safe place for children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families to explore more about themselves. Matt uses an integrated model of counseling that includes Interpersonal Processing, Evidence-Based Treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Matt believes that therapy is a space people to grow in self-awareness of themselves and others, and that this allows for clarity and opportunities in life. Sometimes we need a guide to walk with us through difficult, confusing, and uncertain times. Matt brings a warmth to counseling that you’ll experience right away and uses an integrated model of therapy that is evidence based, interpersonal and attachment focused.
Christen began her counseling career in 2014. Christen has counseled clients facing a variety of difficulties such as: depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, infertility, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, self-harm, domestic violence, and family relational problems. She has extensive experience in working with adolescent girls and adult women and the unique issues that women face.
Caroline Von Helms
Caroline received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Caroline has been providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families since 2000. She began her career in Dallas, Texas working with families involved with foster care and those looking to adopt; she provided services to local schools, children’s homes, juvenile probation departments, and child protective services. She also maintained a small private practice as well as taught periodically at a local community college while in Texas. Since moving to Raleigh, Caroline has worked with local churches as well as helped provide supervision for students at Southeastern Seminary. She has extensive experience consulting with churches and other non-profit organizations for their ministries. Caroline’s specialized areas of counseling include mood disorders, grief, marriage, and family conflict.
Marilyn Young is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), providing counseling services to children and adults. She completed her B.S. in Public Health and Masters in Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has been practicing as a psychotherapist for 10 years. Marilyn’s areas of specialty include trauma, physical and sexual abuse, postpartum anxiety and depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and adoption and foster care.
Dr. Jason Young, PSYD
Dr. Young has been working as a psychotherapist since 1997 and has worked in full-time private practice since 2005. His therapeutic approach is rooted in a relational understanding of psychodynamic theory. Dr. Young has extensive experience, academically ad clinically, in the integration of Psychology and Theology. His areas of therapeutic expertise are men’s issues, anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, marital conflict, crises of faith, stressors related to pastoral ministry, and sports psychology.
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