COUNSELING

Griffin First Assembly: an Encounter Life Church

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Touch of Healing

Counseling Center

Welcome to the Fresh Touch of Healing Counseling Center with services provided by

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In cooperation with the ministries of Griffin First Assembly: an Encounter Life Church and Dr. Randy Valimont, Senior Pastor, 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 Masters in Counseling and a Bachelors 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 influences 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 has 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 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 Bachelors 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 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 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 Masters degree.  She is also an Ordained Minister of the Gospel. She is married and has one daughter.

Brenda Twilley

 

Brenda Twilley received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University. She received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in August 2017. While working on her Master’s Degree, Brenda worked with the at-risk youth population in Henry County. She gained experience during her practicum and internship counseling individuals who have experienced trauma from physical and sexual abuse and was employed there until June 2018 when she joined the staff of Touch of Healing as a master level counselor. Brenda is married with two sons.

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