Griffin First Assembly: an Encounter Life Church


Touch of Healing Counseling Center

Touch of Healing Counseling Center is still providing professional counseling. We are adhering to Gov. Kemp’s recommendation to ensure continuity of care utilizing Telemental Health Services through next week. Gov. Kemp has identified mental health services as essential & necessary during this time of high concern. We now offering Telemental Health services. Sessions by phone or videoconferencing. Call 678-688-3133 for an appointment

Welcome to the Fresh Touch of Healing Counseling Center

In cooperation with the ministries of Griffin First Assembly: an Encounter Life Church has initiated this counseling ministry to provide to all parties who seek professional assistance for individual, marriage, or family issues, regardless of their race, color, or religious affiliation.  It is the goal of this counseling ministry to assist those struggling with the cares of this life to find wholeness, which can only be found in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Christian Counseling is a joint venture of the counselor and the client, whereby healing and restoration are sought through mutual insight exchange, behavioral change, and spiritual renewal.  As such, your therapist greatly depends upon you to adhere strictly to the following criterion in order that your investment reaps optimal results.

The Counseling Center is located next to the Student Center with its own entrance. We are open Monday-Thursday from 9am-6pm. We are able to accommodate all budgets given the wide range of therapist levels we have. We accept most major insurance plans who offer mental health benefits. We also offer services without insurance at a reduced rate.

-Griefshare Support Group-

Support and information to help understand the stages of grief due to the loss of a loved one.

-Anger Management-

Group designed to help understand the causes of anger and what to do to control it.

For more information please call 678 688 3133

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Sandra Rawlings


Sandra is the Executive Pastor of Connections and Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified as a Professional Counselor Supervisor. Her experience spans over 22 years of ministering to couples, families, adults, and adolescents through counseling. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, The American Psychotherapy Association, and The Licensed Professional Counselor Association.  She is currently an Ordained Minister with the United Christian Church and Ministerial Association. Sandra is married with two children.

Terry Borsare


Terry was born in New York, grew up in a military family, and later served in the Air Force as a pilot. After leaving the Air Force, he worked at Delta Air Lines, again as a pilot, until retirement in 2005. He began counseling as a lay counselor in 1996, serving churches in Fayette County. After retiring from Delta, he attended Richmont Graduate Institute (formerly known as the Psychological Studies Institute) in Atlanta for a degree and certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). In April 2011, he joined Touch of Healing Counseling Center. Terry is married with two adult children.

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Karyn Kochan


Karyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) that has twenty years of experience providing individual, couples, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialties include employment issues, grief counseling, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and anger management. She prefers Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Assertiveness Training. Karyn is a Certified Anger Management Professional and a Certified Life Coach with eight years of experience counseling individuals in the inpatient psychiatric setting. She has earned her Master’s in Counseling and a Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Science.

Brenda Brannon


Brenda Brannon, LPC believes it is a God-given call to help those impacted by life issues to be healed and restored.  Individuals and families experience personal disruption and trauma due to life experiences.  There are many factors such as death, divorce, separation, financial hardship, violence, family values and belief systems, educational attainment, spirituality, physical health, mental health, and many other negative forces that influence individuals and the family unit the ability to manage challenges and unanticipated crises. Ms. Brannon feels individuals are able to overcome despite the many hardships that have caused disruption due to calamity and life crises of childhood. Additionally, Ms. Brannon has appeared with ABC World News Anchors Diane Sawyer and Peter Jennings on the TV documentary, The Hawaiian Project. Ms. Brannon also served as a guest host on the Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta television show to discuss child abuse issues.

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Cathy Kleinschmit


Cathy joined Touch of Healing Counseling Center in 2014. She works in our Griffin office along with two of our off-site locations in Zebulon and Jonesboro. Cathy holds her Associate Professional Counseling license with the State of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Christian Counseling as well as a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is married with two adult children.

Cindy Midgett


Cynthia Midgett has been with the Touch of Healing Counseling Center since 2011. She holds a Masters of Arts in professional counseling. She works with adults, children, and adolescents who may be struggling with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, trauma, grief, and spiritual concerns. She feels blessed to journey with her clients and to be a part of the mission of the counseling center by serving others during times of need.

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Tonya Shirey


Tonya Shirey is a native of Griffin, Georgia.  She was born, raised, and currently resides in Griffin. She graduated from Griffin High School then went on to Gordon College where she earned her Associate Degree in Art. She then attended the University of West Georgia and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a major in Psychology. She earned her Master of Science degree from Walden University. She also became certified in Special Education while earning her Master’s degree.  She is also an Ordained Minister of the Gospel. She is married and has one daughter.

Joy Riley


Joy is currently a counseling Intern at Touch of Healing Counseling Center. She is also a student at Liberty University working towards obtaining a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She recently completed her practicum at our site facilitating supervised counseling sessions with adults, children, and adolescents. Upon completion of her degree Joy would like to specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment and Play Therapy to better serve youth affected by anxiety, depression, and trauma. Joy is a mom, daughter, sister, and friend who loves playing badminton with her daughter. She enjoys mentoring and encouraging youth, watching documentaries, painting, and going for walks.

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Greg Chapman


Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1991. After graduating, Greg served as Youth Pastor at an Assembly of God church in Sylacauga, Alabama. After relocating back to Georgia, Greg eventually began working at Delta Air Lines for over 14 years. During that time, he still felt a call of God on his life but in a different capacity than being on a church staff. He decided to enroll at Liberty University online to receive his master’s degree to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Greg joined the Touch of Healing Staff for his practicum and is in the process of finishing his internship in order to graduate in 2020. Greg is married with two adult sons.

Min. Alvin E. Williams, MA, LPC


Alvin is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and recently relocated to Griffin GA with his wife Bernice. He is a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Alvin is an Ordained Gospel Minister, retired from the USAF, and has a MA degree in Counseling Services, from Rider University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for GA and NC.  He worked as a therapist for foster children, outpatient therapy, and a Senior Clinician for Adult Partial Care. As a Contractor, he provided counseling services for NJ Child Protection, and for our Military, as a Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC). Alvin empowers his clients to improve their thought life, emotions, and interactions with others. His approach includes physical health and natural alternatives to the use of drugs. As a Minister, he provides biblical counseling for those who desire a strong spiritual life with the Creator.


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