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Meet the Team
Our experienced and caring staff are here for you
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Trisha Wells BS, AACC
Marriage in Crisis, Blended Families, Life Coaching

My specialty is working with couples in crisis. I have additional training in healing a marriage after an affair. The days after discovery of infidelity are critical to begin working through rebuilding trust, stabilizing the marriage, conflict resolution, and forgiveness. I am certified in the Gottman couples method as well as having a masters certification in biblical counseling.

I also work with blended families and how to promote healthy parenting skills. I strive to help each client grow in their relationship with the Lord as well as in their biblical knowledge. I have been married over 30 years, have six children, and over 20 years of experience, working with women, couples and families. 

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Michele Pappas MA
Marriage & Family, Teens, Addiction, and Grief

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 
TeleHealth*, Women’s Issues & Trauma, Teens, Anxiety and Depression

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. I also have the ability to communicate digitally with TeleHealth counseling. This includes: FaceTime or video chat and phone calls.

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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 BSed, MSed
Women, Children, Elderly


My interests are to work with women and children in moving them toward the abundant life that can be found in Jesus Christ. I help clients to find purpose and to navigate through major life transitions. I specifically assist children with learning challenges such as, reading, writing, and math, and those struggling with executive functioning. I will help establish routines, set goals, create boundaries, and to manage emotions and organizational challenges. As these learning challenges can affect the entire family, I also work with parents and coach them on. How to help their child at home, including some effective parenting strategies.

Being a senior citizen myself, I also work with senior citizens on the many challenges we face during the aging process. When grieving a spouse, I will work with the client on establishing new routines and their dependence on and growth in the Lord. I also work with those who are assisting their aging parents and how to maintain boundaries while still honoring their parents.

I have taught in the public and private sectors for over 30 years. I have a BSed in Elementary Education from Georgia Southern University and a MSed in Learning Disabilities from Augusta University. I am currently enrolled in Light University and working toward a certification in life coaching.

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