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Meet the Team
Our experienced and caring staff are here for you
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Trisha Wells BS,BCBC,AACC
Marriage, Family Counseling / Faith-Based Counseling / Life Coaching / Women's Issues

My specialty is working with couples in crisis as well as those who want to improve their relationship. I work with couples to promote healthy communication, conflict resolution, and forgiveness. I am certified in the Gottman Couples Method and have a diploma in Biblical counseling. I have additional training in healing a marriage after an affair. I enjoy working with women on self-esteem, self-worth, achieving personal goals, anxiety, and depression. Facing the ‘empty nest’ is also an area that I assist women through and how to redefine their role once the children have left home. I work with teens and their parents by helping them establish appropriate boundaries and maintaining a healthy relationship. I’m trained in Active Parenting of Teens and Cooperative Parenting and Divorce. I’ve been married over 30 years, have 6 children, and over 20 years of experience working with women, couples and families.

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Michele Pappas MA

My passion is to assist clients heal from life’s hurts so that they can live healthy happy and productive lives.  I am a certified Gottman Marriage Counselor and have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University,  I also have a certification in Active Parenting.  I work with individuals, couples and families needing help in seasons of depression, anxiety, loss, anger, abuse and addictions.  As a marriage and family counselor, I specialize in working with individuals and families that have experienced the death of a loved one.  It is my honor to work with people and watch as God brings about positive change in their lives.  God is good and I have seen Him transform hearts ad lives by the healing power of Jesus Christ.

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Ruth Yorio BA, AACC 
Women’s Trauma / Teens / Anxiety / Depression / Women’s Issues

Hello, my name is Ruth Yorio. As a mother of five children and a pastor's wife since 2004, I am passionately serving the Lord and those who desire biblical direction. I have been working with women, children, and teenagers for over 20 years and have successfully helped them make needed changes using biblical council and practice. Much of my previous experience includes working with victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, crisis pregnancy counseling, and those suffering with chronic disease. Using my training and experience I help women, children, and teenagers who are struggling with self-worth, depression, anxiety, peer pressure, miscarriage/infertility, and chronic disease. I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Furman University and an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling from Light University. I am prepared and well-versed on common issues that arise among women, children, and teenagers.

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Justin Epps MDiv
Faith-Based Counseling, Men’s issues, Marriage and Premarital Counseling

Over the past decade, I’ve had the privilege to serve individuals and couples of varying life-stages, helping them navigate spiritual, familial, and emotional struggles. Using my background in Pastoral ministry, I combine tools from biblical counseling and life coaching to help my clients clarify what God would have them to do in their situation. I’ve worked extensively with couples navigating communication and conflict issues, and individuals wrestling with anger, anxiety, depression, and spiritual struggles. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment where you can work through your struggles without fear. I have a BA in Communication from Augusta University and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I would love to partner with you to accomplish your goals and make your story all that you want it to be.

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Teens / Eating Disorders / Anxiety / Depression / Panic / CBT

I have been a school counselor in a public and private setting for over 20 years.  My specialties are working with teenagers and adults to improve self-esteem and self image.  I assist clients that struggle with panic disorders and anger management.  We will work together to identify triggers and formulate a plan to successfully navigate a new path.  I also have experience working with individuals that are struggling with eating disorders.  I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals who are struggling with anxiety and depression.  I also offer marriage, relationship and family counseling. I offer assistance to athletes, coaching them through mental health toughness and competition anxiety.  I integrate mental health coaching, as well as implementing biblical truths that can be used in every day life.

I have a BS in Business and a Masters in School Counseling from The University of Georgia.  I am a Board Certified Mental Health Coach and Biblical Counselor.  I am married and have ‘2’ miracle children.

Kimberly Knox BA, AACC
Marriage, Family,Children, Pre-Marital counseling, Life Coaching Women’s Issues

Working with couples, women and children and leading Bible studies is a passion of mine.  I am interested in helping people walk through the challenging struggles of life.  I have been trained at the Gottman Institute in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Bringing Baby Home, Treating Affairs and Trauma, and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.  I am also a trained SYMBIS facilitator for premarital counseling.  I primarily use the Gottman Method, Family Systems Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help people strengthen relationships, and deal with affairs, trauma, anxiety, ADHD, and other challenges and hurdles.  I have a heart for seeing marriages, families, and individuals thrive and for teaching about God’s love and the redemptive and healing work of Christ.

I earned my BA in Psychology and English at Presbyterian College, and then attended the University of Georgia for graduate school in Education and subsequently taught elementary school.  I have been married to Charlie for thirty years and am blessed to have six children.  Over the years, I have been involved in tutoring and mentoring programs in the community and in my church in the Augusta area.  I am currently enrolled in Asbury Theological Seminary for a masters in Pastoral Counseling.

Christy Tyson BS, M.Ed.
Children, Education and Tutoring


One of my greatest joys is to see children learn and experience success. For more than 35 years, I have taught children of all ages in public and private schools, 25 of which were spent teaching children with special needs.

Being the wife of a minister, I have served in many capacities within the church, including teaching and discipling women of all ages. I am passionate about sharing the love of Christ and helping children and their parents navigate through all seasons of life. My late husband of 35 years and I reared 6 children who are all active in their churches. They and their spouses have given us 20 grandchildren.

I have a BS in elementary education from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Education in Learning Disabilities from Augusta University along with training in various aspects of special education.

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