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LauraJ-nobgLaura Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC

Laura Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She previously worked for Meier Clinic in Fairfax as the lead therapist for their Day Program. 

She designed and was responsible for many of the group therapy programs at Meier Clinic.  These therapy groups included Communication Skills, Cognitive Restructuring, Spiritual Development, Relapse Prevention, Self-Expression and Trauma Shame issues.

As the lead therapist, Laura worked with clients having many different needs and conditions, and she integrates many of the above techniques in her individual counseling.

Specialty Training and Experience: Laura has experience and specializes in working with individuals with eating disorders as well as issues of co-dependency, depression, anxiety, sexual issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anger issues, and women's issues. She has led and facilitated many groups, including Anger Workshop, Making Peace with Your Past, and Co-Dependency No More. 

Laura earned a Masters degree in Human Services Counseling and a post-masters Certificate of Advanced Counseling Studies from Regent University.

Have you been putting a band-aid on your problems? Laura can help you get to the core issues that are motivating your behavior. Many negative problem areas in your life may be masking feelings that need to be identified. Laura knows with experience that within a trusting, compassionate relationship God uses sound clinical intervention to change lives.

Laura views the counseling relationship as a partnership where clients can learn about themselves and take steps to heal past wounds. She uses Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Psycho-dynamic therapy and Dialectical behavior therapy.

Laura is a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC).  She is a network provider for New Life Ministries and other Christian associations. 

BobS-nobgRobert Straub, MA, M.ED., LPC


Premarital and Marital Counseling, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Sexual Addictions Anger Issues, Developmental Disabilities and Spiritual Issues.


Education:  Robert Straub completed a Master of Arts in Counseling, and holds a Master of Education in Special Education from George Mason University.


Specialty Training and Experience:  Robert worked with the Fairfax County Community Mental Health Services for 24 years.  In addition, he worked with Meier Clinic as a full time staff member seeing outpatient clients.  Robert specializes in addiction/recovery related to sexual issues.  He counsels individuals, groups and couples in a wide range of issues, with a special emphasis on men and couples torn apart by sexual impurity.

Special Interests:  Robert's areas of professional interest include premarital and marital counseling, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, sexual addictions (e.g., addiction to pornography), developmental disabilities, spiritual issues and anger issues.

Robert is a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, and the Virginia Counseling Association.

BobS-nobg J. Paul Marks, D. Min., MA, LPC

Dr. Paul Marks is trained in counseling, theology and psychology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1994 followed by two Master degrees in Religion and Christian Theology in 1998. He also completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling in 2007.
Clinical Areas: Dr. Marks worked as an individual, premarital and marital counselor in a local church for the last ten plus years. His areas of specialty are premarital training, remarriage, step family conflicts as well as addiction and grief counseling. One unique area of specialty that he is developing is working with couples in full-time ministry and with pastors in transition.

Therapy Approach: Dr. Marks views therapy largely from a cognitive-behavioral approach.

This means that he sees a person’s actions tied to their thoughts/beliefs. He approaches counseling with two basic assumptions. These are that all people function on their beliefs and that much of life is tied to patterns of relationship. His counseling takes into account the whole person which includes the physical, relational and spiritual aspects. The therapy process is viewed as a combined effort between the counselor and the client. Change is accomplished through actively taking steps in one’s life. Spiritually, Dr. Marks views the role of God in the counseling process as essential. For this reason he incorporates spiritual practices and prayer as needed.

Professional Associations: Dr. Marks is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is AACC Certified in Sexual Addictions Counseling, Certified in Prepare/Enrich a pre-marital program, and in Divorce Busting.

BobS-nobgBeth B. Ulrich, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Beth Ulrich joined the practice of Christian Counseling Services in October 2008 with over thirty years experience in outpatient as well as inpatient settings. She is currently the Program Manager for the Amherst and Appomattox Counseling Centers of the Central Virginia Community Services Board where she works with seriously and chronically mentally ill individuals.

Beth received her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia.

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers in addition to the North American Association of Christian Social Workers.

Areas of expertise include individual, marital/family and group therapy addressing problems including depressive and anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders as well as issues related to Adult Children of Alcoholics, Grief and Divorce Recovery, Victims of Trauma in addition to women\92s issues. A variety of clinical theories and techniques are utilized including Systems Theory, Developmental Theory, with reflection on Psycho-Social History and implementing Cognitive and Behavioral techniques, Assertiveness Training and Motivational Interviewing. Focus is primarily on the here and now with experiential learning related to using the therapeutic relationship to begin to assist individuals to make needed changes. In addition References to Scripture and the use of Prayer in sessions is a significant focus.

Beth is available for appointments at CCS on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Kacee L. Cleveland, M. A.

John Turner, LCSW

John Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose previous work experiences include a juvenile court setting; a family service agency; an inpatient children’s treatment center; a mental health clinic; and an adolescent home for runaways. For the past few years John has counseled in a private practice setting. Early in his career, while employed as a counselor in a juvenile court setting, John realized the value of family therapy and sought training with some of the early family therapy pioneers whose theories and therapeutic models form the basis of much of the current family therapy programs in the U.S.

John has had training with two prominent structural family therapy trainers and has used this training to assist many families and couples with a variety of presenting problems.

In addition to family and marital therapy, John enjoys working with clients one-on-one, assisting them in unraveling previous conditioning and traumas so as to free them to establish better relationships with family and friends. John believes that often clients seek counseling because they have hit an impasse they cannot handle themselves. Thus it becomes the therapist’s job to not only explore the problem with the client and teach the client how to solve the problem, but to also equip the client with the skills so they can handle future problems on their own.

In addition to his counseling background and experience, John has been married for 38 years, raised a family, and owned and operated a variety of businesses. Thus he has a deep understanding of many of the challenges that individuals experience as they cope with life. John believes many therapists have their hands tied when they work in counseling settings where spiritual issues cannot be discussed at length. At Christian Counseling Services, clients can talk at length about any and all spiritual matters and know that the therapist will be honest and open with them, and will encourage them to explore these issues to the fullest extent. Clients often comment that John is very easy to talk with and helpful in pinpointing what the root of their problem is. Lastly, John has a good sense of humor and that makes the difficult part of therapy much more bearable.

Anne Cooper

Anne Cooper, LPC

Anne Cooper is a licensed professional counselor. She previously worked at Central Virginia Community Services (CVCS-now Horizon Behavior Services), where she was a home based therapist, headed the Parent Center, and worked as an outpatient therapist with children, youth, and adults at the Child and Family Center. She also served as a teacher in Virginia for 18 years.

Specialty Training and Experience: Anne has experience working with individuals with developmental delay, autism, grief issues, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, ADHD, anger issues, conduct disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality. She taught parenting classes and did marital and family counseling while heading up the CVCS\BFs Parent Center.
Anne earned a Master of Education (MED) in Early Childhood Education, as well as an MED in Agency Counseling from Lynchburg College.

Anne feels that she is competent in relating with clients and families, offering support and encouragement to clients to seek their own solutions and stabilization with direction. She sees the family of origin, or family substitute, as critical to the progress of the client so she utilizes "family" and client dynamics to seek the source of problems.

Anne is a member of the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) and the Lynchburg Counselors Association (LCA). Mrs. Cooper was named Counselor of the year by the Lynchburg Counselors Association in May 2006.

Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith, M.Ed., MA, LPC

Whitney Smith has been an outpatient therapist with CCS for 1 year and previously worked full-time at Horizon Behavioral health where she served as a site supervisor for a school-based mental health program. There, she had experience with children and youth and their families. Prior to Horizon, Whitney served as a middle school teacher for seven years where she helped students with identified learning disorders.

Whitney earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University as well as a Master of Education from East Carolina University.  She is a licensed educator in the State of Virginia as well as a licensed professional counselor.  Whitney has experience working with individuals with ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood trauma, sexual trauma, and codependency.

Whitney feels experienced in relating with clients and families and validating client and family struggles by offering encouragement and providing psycho-education in a therapeutic atmosphere. She is also experienced in educating clients and families about the mental health and educational systems in order to increase their network of support by utilizing additional interventions if needed.

Whitney embraces a Biblical worldview to conceptualize issues and family dynamics while seeking the source of problems by examining beliefs through a cognitive-behavioral process. Whitney also feels that humor, creativity, art, and music hold a special place in the counseling process. Whitney integrates Biblical truths with the therapeutic relationship to help the client feel validated in his/her struggles, model the skills needed to improve relationships, and to gain hope for the future. Whitney believes that guided prayer and imagery are integral to the healing process. Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, family and members of her Life Group.

CynthiaCynthia Chamberland, MS, LPC

Cynthia Chamberland has a Master’s in Counseling and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).She specializes in Mental Health and Marriage and Family Counseling. She believes counseling is a process of building rapport and trust to discuss specific problems that may be rooted in a combination of biological, psychological, social, or spiritual impact. She uses Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Cognitive-Processing Therapy, Attachment theory, and Family Systems approach.

She recently has moved from Colorado working in private practice as well as a contracted counselor for Department of Health and Social Services, Juvenile Justice Program, and the Center for Restorative Practices. She has experience in developing group programs working with co-dependency and boundary issues, marriage and family counseling, individual counseling addressing issues of trauma, anxiety, grief, addictions, dissociative disorders, domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse.

 Cindy has led a college/career group at her church as well as serving in women's leadership for eight years with Bible Study Fellowship. She currently leads workshops and retreats encouraging and equipping individuals to know God and others in an intimate way. She integrates the tools from this ministry into the counseling process to encourage clients to hear God’s voice and lead them from pain to healing.

She has been married for 31 years to her high school sweetheart and has two grown children and 3 grandchildren with another on the way. She loves to enjoy God’s nature and to be outdoors running, hiking, skiing, and riding motorcycle with her husband. 

She is a member in good standing with American Psychological Association and American Association of Christian Counselors.

Jenny Bowers, MA

Jenny Bowers, MA

Jenny Bowers earned her Master in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is currently working towards her licensure in the state of Virginia.

Her previous counseling experience includes individual and group work with K-12 students in an alternative school, as well as individual and marital therapy with clients throughout the life span. Jenny has also worked with teenagers and young adults for nearly a decade in small groups and individual mentoring. Prior to completing her graduate degree, she and her husband led college and high school students on overseas mission trips around the globe.

Jenny has experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, healthy boundaries, perfectionism, self-image, guilt, eating disorders, anger, ADHD, sexual abuse, marital issues, and developmental issues. She is certified in Prepare-Enrich (a pre-marital/marital therapy program) and A.S.I.S.T. Suicide Prevention. Jenny believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and using this relationship as a foundation for effective therapy. She approaches therapy from a holistic, cognitive-behavioral standpoint and also integrates reality and solution focused concepts. She views the counseling relationship as a partnership where clients actively learn about themselves, take steps to heal past wounds, and set attainable goals for the future. Jenny also believes that God is a vital part of the growth process and integrates practical, Scriptural truths into sessions for those clients desiring it.

Brandon Waggoner, MA

Brandon Waggoner, MA

Brandon Waggoner received his Master in Professional counseling from Liberty University and is working toward licensure in Virginia. Throughout this education, Brandon received training and experience in multiple areas. These include marital and premarital counseling, anger, depression, anxiety, sexuality and sexual addictions, as well as spiritual issues.

He is certified in both the marital and premarital PREPARE/ENRICH therapy program and the suicide prevention A.S.I.S.T. program. His population experience ranges from teens through senior citizens. For the last seven years he has been mentoring and teaching young adults through community involvement as well as overseas missions trips.

Brandon approaches the counseling relationship from a Biblical worldview as he seeks to provide each person with both insight and skills. He uses a holistic approach to counseling which includes cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and Biblical principles. He believes that relying on God and these Biblical principles provide the framework and thrust of the growth and healing process.

Brandon lives with his wife and enjoys tending to their small "farm," complete with a few chickens, dog, and cat. He enjoys traveling, both on road trips with his wife and on overseas missions trips.

jeff Jeffrey Pardine, Intern

Jeffrey Pardine obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Human Services and a minor in Sociology from Liberty University in 2011 and is currently completing his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University.  He is currently employed as a Graduate Student Assistant at Liberty University.

Jeffrey has interned with the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services to assist and observe the court system in child custody cases.  Since moving to Lynchburg, VA he has served as a lay counselor and as a co-leader of a boy’s small group.  Through his current position, he has gained experience in working with individuals through their times of grief, relationship conflicts, and depression.

Jeffrey has traveled overseas to Rwanda and Uganda to witness the devastation of genocide and man-made disasters and their traumatic impact.  Through this experience he has gained meaning in suffering and a better understanding of hurting people.

Growing up in New Jersey and being from Italian descent, Jeffrey has lived in Lynchburg for the past 6 years. He enjoys running long distance, hiking, traveling, the beach, and relaxing in a hammock.


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