Griffin First: an Encounter Life Church


Touch of Healing

Counseling Center

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

Terry Borsare, MA, LPC
Amanda Scott  MA, LMFT
Cynthia Midgett, MA
Rita Gramme, MA

Sandra B. Rawlings, MS, LPC

Karyn Kochan, MS, LPC, CLC
Cathy Kleinschmit, MA, APC
Tonya Shirey, MS
Melissa Roberts, Intern

In cooperation with the ministries of Griffin First: 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.

-Divorce Care-

Group to assist those facing or recovering from a divorce.

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 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.

Amanda Scott


Amanda Scott is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Sex Therapist (CST). She holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy with a Specialization in Christian Sex Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. She enjoys working with adults struggling with a variety of issues such as abuse, addictions, anger, anxiety, depression, marital issues, self-esteem, and sexual concerns. She is compassionate towards people and loves to be a part of God working in their lives.

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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.

Rita Gramme, MAPC


Rita joined Touch of Healing Counseling Center in 2013. She feels honored to provide encouragement and support to people with their goals towards wholeness.  She likes helping people in the areas of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, suicidality, self-esteem, adoption concerns, premarital counseling, healthy relationships, personal development, stress management, chronic pain, grief, spirituality, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, and PTSD.  As a certified Trauma Counselor she is passionate about helping people overcome life’s challenges.

She completed training at Richmont Graduate University as a Professional Counselor with special focus and certificate in Trauma Counseling.  She trained as an intern at Skyland Trail in the CBT Track helping client’s manage and cope with acute mental illness.  She is currently at Richmont Graduate University training in Spiritual Formation and Direction and is expecting to graduate May 2017 as a Spiritual Director.  Her undergraduate degree at Luther Rice Seminary is in Religion and Biblical Counseling.


Melissa Roberts


Melissa is currently an Intern with the Touch of Healing Counseling Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked as a Middle School Special Needs Paraprofessional while deciding to return to school to obtain her Masters in the Studies of Human Behavior. She graduated from Capella University with her Masters in March of 2013. Currently, she is employed by Point University full time as Site Director. She does an outstanding job as the Grief Share facilitator on Monday evenings. Currently, Melissa is working towards obtaining her professional counseling internship hours which is required for licensure as a Marriage and Family Counselor with the state of Georgia. Melissa is married with six children and one grandson. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and providing ministry assistance through small groups with young adults at Griffin First Assembly.

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