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To reach the counseling ministry, call us at (828)832-8041 and leave a voicemail where we will return your call within 72 business hours. Please repeat the # to help make sure we have the right #. If you do not hear back from us within that time frame, please try again as we may have heard the call back number incorrectly or there may have been an issue with phone reception.


Please understand that we cannot manage a waitlist as we receive a large volume of calls and an indefinite waitlist would not serve those in need. If all counselors are full, you may try again after a few weeks to see if space has become available.

Meet the counselors

Robyn Roark



Robyn has worked in residential treatment with adolescents and children for 16 years. Additionally, she has experience with children in a school setting and adults in outpatient and psychiatric settings. Robyn is skilled in treating depression, past trauma, anxiety and other issues. With God’s help, wisdom and grace, Robyn desires to help clients who are struggling with issues from this fallen world and direct them back to the love and grace of the father God and His perfect plan and purpose.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them; Matt 18:20

North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #4346)

National Certified Counselor (NCC

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American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) member

Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling from Appalachian State University

Gregory Ward



Greg has experience serving children, adolescents, families and men's issues beginning in the public mental health system in 1999. Most recently, Greg serves in the capacity of School Counselor since 2003. He has experience with clients that have developmental disabilities, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, separation and divorce issues, social skills training needs, relational stress, men's issues, couples and other relational emotional and behavioral concerns. Greg was ordained as a deacon in 2005, and currently serves in his church as a Sunday School Teacher and as a member of the Finance Committee.


Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA #A11545)
National Certified Counselor (NCC #667609)
National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Counseling early childhood through young adulthood (NBCT #02705959)
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) member
Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University in 1999 in Guidance and Counseling

Annette Ward



Annette has more than 15 years working primarily in public mental health and private practice with families, children, adolescents and women providing therapy and program management. Her dual training in substance use disorders and mental health allows her to provide care for a greater range of difficulties. She desires to work with each person and/or family through God’s grace and mercy for healing and restoration.

North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #C003767)
Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS -2707)
North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) member
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Mental Health Worker
Master of Social Work, concentration in families and children from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC

MariAnne Williamson

MA, LCMHCA #A14439

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MariAnne has had experience providing counseling for the past six years overseas. She has lived and worked in Uganda, Nepal, and Greece and treated a broad range of issues while there. Those she was privileged to work with came from many different countries and cultures, including America and many European countries, Uganda, Nepal, and other Asian countries. Primarily she works with couples and adults who wish to overcome family-related and interpersonal problems or are struggling with adjustment and life transitions. She also has experience in helping those struggling with identity, attachment, depression, and anxiety.

She is a certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, an assessment aid full of useful tools to help pre-married and married couples.

She is continually amazed that she gets to do this sacred work, with the Holy Spirit’s help, of walking alongside people on their journeys of healing and restoration.


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A14439)

Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University

Alyssa Hensley


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Alyssa has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a variety of emotional, psychological, spiritual, and behavioral concerns. These include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, spiritual issues, emotion regulation, self-esteem, job and marital stress, and difficult life transitions. She uses a variety of formats for counseling, including individual, couple, and family therapy and sees clients of various ages and backgrounds.

Alyssa approaches counseling from a biblical worldview and holistic perspective. She utilizes a variety of counseling models and approaches including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Brief
Solution-Focused Therapy, Prepare/Enrich, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Alyssa completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1 and Gottman Level 1 Training and is also a Prepare-Enrich Facilitator.

Alyssa sees counseling as a process in which the client and counselor come to understand and trust one another, work as a team to explore and define present problem situations, develop goals for an improved life, and work in a systematic fashion toward realizing those goals. She is eager to form strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and honored to walk alongside them in their journey towards a place of healing and health.


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A16164)
Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Appalachian State University

Meg Putnam


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Meg works primarily with children through young adults.  Her previous work experience has included teaching and serving in schools as a professional school counselor.  She has worked with clients experiencing worry and anxiety, fear, anger, depression, grief and loss, problematic behaviors, trouble with social skills, and relational issues.  She uses integrative forms of therapy to best serve each individual clients’ needs. Some of these include: play therapy, group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and others.  Meg desires to provide a safe environment where a client can come and know they are accepted and cared for as they are, help them navigate through a challenging season, and leave better understanding how the Lord sees them and loves them. She is passionate about working with individuals to help them discover tools that are effective and that they can integrate in various areas throughout their lives.


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education; Clemson University

Master of Arts degree in Professional School Counseling; Appalachian State University National Certified Counselor (#292134)

Licensed Professional School Counselor (#1220425)

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (#A14337)

Betsy Bolick



Betsy primarily works with female adults and adolescents (12+) struggling with anxiety, depression, processing grief and loss, and interpersonal relationships, among other life issues. She uses various forms of therapy including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Betsy considers it a great privilege and joy to come alongside her clients as they walk through the sorrows, struggles, and joys of life.


Licensed Professional Counselor (LCMHC-A #A16211)
National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC #1429376)
Master of Arts in Christian Counseling with a concentration in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

John Lampkins


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John works primarily with adolescents and adults. John has worked in several different settings

in the US and internationally. John has lived in Albania, China, and Turkey and enjoys working

with people from various cultures. John has worked with people experiencing anxiety,

depression, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, and challenges with adjusting. John integrates

several different models of therapy to best meet the needs of each client.


John’s faith influences

his approach to therapy and lets him demonstrate God’s love to clients as well as demonstrate to

them how God sees them. John seeks to help clients learn skills and strategies that help clients be

able to reach their therapeutic goals.


Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling and Guidance, University of Montevallo

Master of Divinity, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Liberty University

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A18557)

National Certified Counselor (#1724165)

Lupe Serrano



Lupe serving children, adolescents, young adults, and families in the community is her passion. She understands that navigating the first two decades of life is not a one size fits all and can be difficult to walk through alone. Whether it is learning to get along with friends, fighting anxiety and depression, managing your emotions, healing through trauma, or supporting parents, life can become a bit overwhelming. We all do the best we can and when “the best you can” falls short, we can lean on one another for grace and support. Lupe’s heart is to promote resiliency to all to ensure that the burdens that are too heavy can be lightened together. 


Some of Lupe’s previous work experience varies from community based therapy and private practice. She has worked with clients who are seeking support in dealing with problematic behavioral concerns, peer conflict, worry/fear, grief and loss, sexual abuse, trauma, social skills, and much more. Lupe uses integrative approaches to therapy that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, solution-focused therapy and more. She strives to provide a calm and inviting environment for the client’s she serves in meeting her clients where they are.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (#12413A)

Master in Marriage and Family Therapy– Appalachian State University 

Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies– University of Alabama

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