KaRIS COUNSELING

Christian Counseling & EMDR

©2017 BY KARIS COUNSELING LLC

ATHENS| WATKINSVILLE| GA

Hello, I'M rebeca! 

Photo credit: Cacau Mangabeira 2019

So glad you're here! This section is for you. About what you're looking for, where you are stuck and how we can work together. If you're interested in the resume type information, those details are at the bottom of the page. 

I do my best work with clients who are motivated and ready to change. I get energized working with women who want deeper, more connected relationships, but don’t know where to start. It is my passion to help them find relief, identify stuck places and when applicable offer practical strategies. A therapist cliche that I intentionally avoid is "How does that make you feel?" That is not my style. 

 

I work hard to be present in the room, connecting with and listening to you. I am not a passive, smile and nod therapist. Sure we will talk about feelings, and look at your childhood to understand what shaped you, where you picked up habits and thoughts, but I believe that change happens in the present.

I am passionate about empowering and educating my clients about what happens in their bodies when they are afraid, anxious, and triggered. We work to understand the normal biological responses and unique challenges that pop-up when each client is triggered.  Then together we collaborate to re-connect the brain, calm the body, and bring about emotional balance.  

After working together, my clients frequently tell me that they are more prepared to cope with issues outside of the counseling room, to better manage their emotions and are better able to speak truth to themselves. I don't think I will ever get tired of hearing my clients say that they see change in their lives and they applied what we worked on in our counseling sessions to their everyday lives. 

Credentials, Education & Training 

Licenses & Certifications

*Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC 008468)

*EMDR Certified (www.emdria.org/member/Gilbert)

*National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Education

*Master of Arts in Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 2007

This was a rigorous program carefully designed to met the requirements for professional counseling licensure WHILE providing a deep and robust theological foundation. I am very grateful for this balanced and intense program. 

*Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL , 2005

Memberships & Trainings 

*Currently pursuing EMDR Certification 

*Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

*EMDR International Association Member (EMDRIA)

Additional trainings & Experience

*Crisis Counseling

*Neurobiology of Trauma

*Shame Resilience & Worthiness

*Mind-body techniques

*Telemental Health

*Somatic Attachment EMDR

*Missions/Ministry

*TCKs, PKs & MKs