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Meet Our Team of Expert Counselors

Robert S Paul, Bob Paul, LPC, Vice President of Focus on the Family Marriage Institute

Robert S. Paul, MS, LPC

Vice President, Focus on the Family Marriage Institute

Robert received his Bachelor’s Degree from Evangel University, his Master’s Degree from Georgia State University, and a Diploma in Christian Counseling and an honorary doctorate from Psychological Studies Institute. He holds a license in the states of Missouri, Georgia, and Michigan as a Professional Counselor. He is an accomplished speaker who presents regularly at professional conferences and enrichment events both nationally and internationally.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and has co-authored four books including; The DNA of Relationships, with Drs. Gary and Greg Smalley, The DNA of Relationships for Couples with Dr. Greg Smalley, and  9 Lies That Will Destroy Your Marriage – and the Truths That Will Save It and Set It Free with Dr. Greg Smalley.

Robert and his wife, Jenni, live in Springfield, Missouri, have been married for over 40 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Brett K. Sparks, PsyD, Lic Psy

Clinical Director

Brett K. Sparks, PsyD, Lic Psy

Dr. Brett Sparks is a licensed psychologist who joined the team in 2003 after his service as a staff psychologist in the U.S. Navy. He is an Intensive therapist as well as the Clinical Director over all sites. It is his desire to serve Christ and see marriages and individuals thrive. He has experienced the challenges and joys of marriage to his wife, Jennifer, since their journey began in 1993. They have three children--two daughters preparing for their professions and their son in high school.

Ryan Pannell, MA, LMFT

Clinical Director, Missouri

Ryan Pannell, MA, LMFT

Ryan Pannell is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a licensed minister. Prior to coming to Focus on the Family, he was the Director of Counseling at Doulos Ministries in Branson, Missouri, for 6 years. Previously, Ryan was the founder and director of the Woodland Hills Counseling Center in Branson. He was also a Baptist minister in Oklahoma for 6 years before entering the counseling profession. Ryan and his wife Brenda have been married since 1996 and have 1 daughter, 3 sons and a son-in-law.

Sarah Young, MA, LPC, CST

Clinical Director, Michigan

Sarah Young, MA, LPC, CST

Sarah is a multi-state Licensed Professional Counselor who has counseled couples and individuals for over a decade. She has a specific heart for intimacy issues and is a Certified Sex Therapist, holding specialized training from the Institute for Sexual Wholeness. Sarah loves the therapeutic context that Hope Restored provides for marriages, and deeply believes in the work that happens in intensives. She enjoys engaging people in the reality of the richness of God’s plan, and how He flips brokenness for His glory. Prior to joining the Focus team, she was in private practice at the Winning at Home Wellness Center. She and her husband, Lance, have been married since 2003, and have three children.

Dana Sutton, MA, LPC

Clinical Director, Georgia

Dana Sutton, MA, LPC

Dana Sutton joined the Focus on the Family team in 2013. Dana is thrilled to be working with the Intensives. Her desire is to see marriages find healing through Christ and to restore their hearts and relationships. Along with her husband, Jonathan, Dana has worked in ministry for the past 14 years, including church planting and a ministry to the public schools. They have travelled internationally for the past three years working with missionaries and their marriages. Jonathan and Dana met at Auburn University and married in 2000, and have four wonderful children.

Aaron Cordova, MA, LPC

Clinical Director, Arizona

Aaron Cordova, MA, LPC

Aaron is a multi-state Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a licensed minister. In addition to over 20 years of professional counseling, he served in pastoral ministry for 8 years. Aaron has had the opportunity to work in private practice and pastoral counseling settings as well as community mental health centers. Aaron has a real passion to see God's redemptive work done in marriages and has led multiple small groups and ministries for marriages in his local church. In coming to Hope Restored, he is excited to see God work miracles in the lives of the couples who come and bring life to places that seemed dead. Aaron and his wife, Teri, have been married since 1999 and have two children - one daughter and one son.

Jen Krause, MS, LPC

Clinical Director, Texas

Jen Krause, MS, LPC

Jen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and Texas. She is passionate about helping people heal individually and relationally. Prior to taking the role of Site Clinical Director in Texas, Jen ran a counseling practice where she specialized in trauma and marriage counseling. She has been privileged to serve military and first responders, as she was once a military wife, and her husband, Mark, recently retired from a law enforcement career. Jen and Mark currently reside with their fur family in the Texas Hill Country.

Jennifer Acord, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Jennifer Acord, MA, LPC

Jenny received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family therapy. Families have been the focus of her ministry and she feels privileged to be allowed to journey beside couples as they experience God’s miraculous healing powers. She has been married to her husband, Rick, since 1991 with three children and adding to their family as the Lord blesses. They currently live in Springfield, MO.

Ben Adamson, MA, LPC, LMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Ben Adamson, MA, LPC, LMFT

Ben completed his undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Richmont Graduate University. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2014 and have three children. Ben is excited to serve with the Focus on the Family team, helping couples and marriages in need

Jason Allen, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Jason Allen, LPC

Jason is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, focusing on trauma, individual, and marriage/family relationships. Jason is a former police officer and army veteran who felt called to counseling after experiencing the impacts of trauma individually and with his family. Jason has a passion for working with couples and helping them thrive as individuals and as a couple. In addition to being a part of Hope Restored, Jason practices at New Solutions Counseling and Trauma Center in Southlake Texas. Jason works with multiple local and Federal First Responder Agencies throughout the DFW Metroplex. He has been married to his wife, Annalise, since 2012 and together they have two children.

Karen Benitez, LMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist
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Karen Benitez, LMFT

Karen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing for 10 years. She is certified in EMDR and EMDR-IFS informed therapy modalities. She offers both virtual and in-office appointments. Karen has been married for 33 years. She and her husband volunteer for Adventures in Marriage, where they serve as marriage workshop facilitators. They are empty nesters and live with their two senior dogs.

April Bordeau, MA, LCSW

Marriage Intensive Therapist

April Bordeau, MA, LCSW

April received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, She holds a license in the states of Indiana and Michigan, and has been working with families for over 25 years. April owns and operates Care to Change Counseling, a Christian counseling center in Indiana, whose team is part of the Focus of the Family Counselor Network. April and her husband of over 20 years, Randy, and two teenagers live just outside Indianapolis.

Verlette Berndt, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Verlette Berndt, MA, LPC

As a marriage intensive therapist since 2005, Verlette loves journeying alongside individuals and couples on the way to healing, restoration and reconnection. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1995 and is a licensed professional counselor. Having also been a licensed minister, youth pastor, and then a counselor for families in crisis, she is dedicated to assist couples in healing and rebuilding from the inevitable struggles of life. Verlette and her husband Chris were married in 1999 and are devoted to their two precious daughters.

Christopher Bruton, PhD, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Christopher Bruton, PhD, LPC

Dr. Bruton has been counseling individuals through a variety of mental health concerns since 2008. As he has developed as a practitioner, Chris has found great satisfaction expanding his work with couples. As he has started to work with Focus on the Family in 2020, he has grown even more as a couple’s therapist and has been deeply moved by the program FOTF provides. I am married to Bobbie, my encourager and friend, and together we have three sons, Ellis, Daniel, and Asher, who are my joy and my adventure. We are a mess and are imperfect, but we love and strive to celebrate one another.

Ken Bryant, PhD, LPC, NCC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Ken Bryant, PhD, LPC, NCC

Ken Bryant has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of North Texas-Denton, an M.S. in Counseling from Pittsburg State University, a B.A.in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a B.A. in Biblical Literature for Ozark Christian College. Ken is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and Colorado and a National Certified Counselor. Ken serves as the Founder/President of Oak Tree Marriage & Family Ministries. He served as a church pastor for over 30 years. Ken and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1970 and have been blessed with four sons, four daughters-in-law, and have grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Robert K. Burbee, PhD, Lic Psy

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Robert K. Burbee, PhD, Lic Psy

Dr. Bob Burbee has more than 3 7 years of experience as a licensed psychologist working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. As one of Focus on the Family Marriage Institute (FMI) therapists Bob leads both Group Intensives and Private Marriage Intensives. In addition to his therapy responsibilities Bob provides leadership in training other therapists in Focus Marital Therapy. Dr. Burbee has been involved with Intensive programs since 2000 and was part of the team at Smalley Relationship Center that helped support Robert Paul in developing the Intensive programs. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology. Marriage and family issues have long been an area of special interest for Dr. Burbee, and he speaks frequently to groups on these topics in seminars, retreats, and workshops. Bob and his wife Mary Jo are active in their church contributing to children and family ministries including facilitating occasional adult education offerings. Bob and Mary Jo have four grown children and reside in Springfield, Missouri.

Lisa Butler, EdS, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Lisa Butler, EdS, LPC

Lisa has been married to her husband Charlie since 1998. Lisa and Charlie have two boys and reside in Springfield. Lisa has a MA degree in Educational Psychology and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver. Lisa worked as a school psychologist in Colorado for over 15 years until her family moved to Missouri. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She provides counseling and she teaches her own parenting curriculum, Positive & Powerful Christian Parenting at McGuire Christian Counseling. Lisa has been a part of the Hope Restored ministry since 2018. She considers it a privilege to come alongside couples on their healing journey.

Lyndsey Cherry, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Lyndsey Cherry, MA, LPC

Lyndsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Missouri. Lyndsey was in private practice for 6 years in Springfield, MO with McGuire Christian Counseling where she worked with a wide variety of individuals, families, and couples. She is thrilled to be part of the Focus on the Family team and loves to see the insight and healing that individuals and couples experience during an intensive. Lyndsey and her husband, Jeff, have been married since 2006 and have three children.

Lisa M. Clark, MS, MPA, LMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Lisa M. Clark, MS, MPA, LMFT

Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Arizona, and owner of Restoring Connections Counseling. Lisa desires to journey with couples as they transition from dealing with difficult relationship issues including infidelity and divorce recovery, conflict and communication difficulties, lack of intimacy and lack of connection to restoring their relationships, feeling more connected with their spouses, feeling happier, hopeful and realizing their relationship potential. She received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Wendy Crawford, MS, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Wendy Crawford, MS, LPC

Wendy is a LPC in the state of Georgia. Her Master's Degree is from Georgia State University in 2002 and has been practicing in the Atlanta area since that time. From 2002-2010 Wendy worked as a therapist with Still Waters Counseling Center. She was also certified by the National Child Advocacy Center as a Forensic Interviewer of Children and was contracted by law enforcement to conduct forensic interviews. In 2011, Wendy became the founder of Georgia Christian Counseling, Inc. Wendy has been married to Rich since 1999, and they have 3 children.

Jonathan DiStaulo, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Jonathan DiStaulo, MA, LPC

Jonathan was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. As a young adult, serving alongside his father in an Italian/English speaking congregation, Jonathan began to observe the pressures placed on families in vocational ministry. In addition to his work at Focus on the Family, Jonathan counsels individuals and families through his own private practice Foundations Counseling & Consulting. Jonathan was married to Dusty in 1996 and they have 4 children. Jonathan was a licensed minister and served as a worship leader and pastoral care minister for many years in churches in Missouri and Massachusetts.

Silvia Espinosa, Ed.S, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Silvia Espinosa, Ed.S, LPC

Silvia is a licensed therapist with over two decades of behavioral health experience. As a native New Yorker, she employs a no-nonsense, yet empathetic approach when providing multicultural counseling and coaching to individuals and marriages in crisis. As a therapist, Silvia has enjoyed success working with high conflict relationships, bringing healing and hope to many families, marriages and individuals desiring restoration. She has also ministered to the Hispanic community as the keynote speaker, in Spanish, at conferences. “I love the concept of grace and forgiveness and the healing power it has in our lives.” Currently, Silvia lives in the beautiful Midwest with her imperfect husband & best friend of 23 years and is the mother of three lovely young ladies.

Jason Franklin, LMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Jason Franklin, LMFT

Jason Franklin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Missouri. He attained his Master's in Counseling, with an emphasis on Marriage/family and children therapy, at the University of Phoenix in Fresno California. Jason served his country in the United States Army as a chaplain's assistant in the Guard. His love for spiritual enrichment for the soldiers, paired with the position of a security officer in a mental health hospital spurred him to enter the mental health field. Jason has a deep passion to work one-on-one with couples and individuals, as well as present lectures to large audiences. Jason has a certificate in Abusive Traumatic and Emotionally Destructive Marriages and Relationships (ATEM). Jason lives in Ozark with his wife of 17 years, Andrea, and their two boys Trevor and Tucker. Jason loves to study the Bible and therapy curricula, as well as take care of his chickens with his wife and play disc golf and video games with his sons.

Floyd L (Butch) Frey, LPC, D. Min.

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Floyd L (Butch) Frey, LPC, D. Min.

Butch received his Bachelor’s Degree from Southeastern University, his Master’s Degree from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (Evangel University), and his Doctorate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He holds a license in the state of Missouri, as a Professional Counselor. Butch served as an appointed overseas missionary for 35 years, during which time, he has been named to various leadership roles, including overseeing the member care arm of a large denominational missions agency. Butch and his wife, Pam, have two children and four grandsons.

Pamela L. Frey, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Pamela L. Frey, MA, LPC

Pam is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and co-founder of Tradewinds Counseling and Consulting. After her first full time job as a deputy sheriff, she and her family served overseas for more than 20 years in various capacities in world missions. Since 2009, she has served as a member care consultant for global missions workers assisting in crisis situations, life difficulties, transition, and leadership training. She has a heart to be present with people as they maneuver difficult seasons of life. Married since 1979, Pam and her husband, Butch, have two children, grandchildren and a silver Labrador Retriever, Maggie.

N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW, LCSW

Marriage Intensive Therapist

N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW, LCSW

Joel Fry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Intensive team in 2020. He currently serves as an Intensive Therapist with Hope Restored and has a private practice where he has worked with marriage since 2005. Prior to private practice Joel worked in hospice and end of life care where he was blessed to journey with patients and families through one of the most intimate times of life. Joel and his wife, Heather, live in Iowa and keep busy with the activities of their 9 children. One of Joel's passions is to journey with couples as the healing power of Jesus Christ transforms hearts and minds.

Kathy Glover, LPCC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Kathy Glover, LPCC

Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, her master’s degree from Liberty University, and holds certification as a First-Responder Counselor. Kathy is a licensed therapist in the states of Kentucky and Georgia. In her private practice, she specializes in pre-marriage and marriage counseling, working with couples in an intensive format. Kathy and her husband, Adam, have conducted marriage conferences and facilitated marriage retreats over the past 12 years. They have been married for 27 years and have five children who accompany them in ministry.

Kashina Harris, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Kashina Harris, MA, LPC

Kashina Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Drury University and spent the beginning part of her career as an elementary school teacher in a classroom full of first grade students. It was in that classroom that her desire to help the students and families with more than academics became so evident. This passion led her to receiving her Master's in School Counseling from Lindenwood University in 2017 and a Master's in Counseling from Lindenwood University in 2018. In her first five years of counseling, Kashina worked with highly trained Christian counselors with over 30 years of experience providing her with experience in multiple clinical settings and extensive knowledge in many areas of psychotherapy. In 2021, she started It Is Well Counseling to partner with clients and offer trans-formative experiences by providing an environment that is safe and authentic. She feels honored to be a part of the Focus on the Family team and to meet couples dedicated to restoring their marriages. Kashina and her husband of thirteen years, Ryan, enjoy the learning process of parenting their four children together and enjoying every moment.

Michael Harris, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Michael Harris, MA, LPC

Michael (Mike) Harris and wife, Angela, have been married for more than 30 years and have three adult children. Mike is a Pastor as well as Licensed Professional Counselor. He has served in ministry for more than 25 years and is a veteran of the US Air Force. He has a BA in Pastoral Ministry and a Master's degree in Counseling/Psychology.

Amy Hayes, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Amy Hayes, LPC

Amy earned her Master’s degree in Counseling, from Spring Arbor University. She is also nearing completion of a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Liberty University. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan seeing clients of all ages with diverse reasons for seeking care. She also maintains certifications in addictions, supervision, and the treatment for sexual offenders. She teaches Master of Arts in Counseling courses at Spring Arbor University and is the Practicum and Internship Coordinator for the counseling program. She and her husband, Louis, have 4 children and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, being active and making memories. Amy has a personal testimony of personal and relational struggle that provides insight and understanding for the process of healing and all it entails

Pam Hazell, MS, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Pam Hazell, MS, LPC

Pam is a licensed professional counselor and board certified coach. In her private practice, Hazell Christian Counseling and Coaching, LLC, she specializes in counseling and coaching for adults and marriages. Pam sees clients at Woodland Hills Family Church and also provides virtual counseling and coaching. Pam retired in 2020 from the Branson School District, serving twenty-five years as an elementary teacher and counselor. As a therapist at Hope Restored, Pam loves to see how God does miracles turning marriages around, creating healthy families for children. Pam has been married to her husband Gary since 1997. They have two grown sons, two amazing daughter-in-laws and two grandchildren. Gary and Pam enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time with family on Table Rock Lake.

Nathan Hempel, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Nathan Hempel, MA, LPC

Nate received his bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and later a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University. He is a multi-state Licensed Professional Counselor. He began his counseling career in the PA Family Based system before moving to private practice. Those opportunities have allowed Nate the opportunity to work with many different individuals, families, and couples. It is a great blessing and privilege that God has brought Nate to be part of the Focus team. Nate desires to walk alongside couples and help them experience the healing that comes through Jesus Christ. Nate has been married to his wife Jessie since 2001, and they have two sons.

William Hemphill, II MDiv. LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

William Hemphill, II MDiv. LPC

William Hemphill is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. He received his Masters of Divinity from Emory University and Masters of Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University. In addition to working with Focus on the Family, he sees individuals and couples at Faith and Family Empowerment in Metro Atlanta, GA. William has spent the past thirty years working in various ministry settings from college ministry to chaplaincy and pastoring. He believes that a strong marriage is the foundation of the family, which in turn is the foundation of a strong society. Nothing brings him more joy than to see the lives of couples transformed by God’s grace. William married his wife Cheryl in 1995 and they have three children. In his free time, William enjoys traveling with his wife and children.

Dan Henderson, PhD.
Lic Psy

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Dan Henderson, PhD.
Lic Psy

Dr. Dan Henderson is in his fourth decade of clinical psychology practice. He received his BA from Wheaton College (IL) with a major in psychology, and his Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. He is a fully licensed psychologist in Michigan. Among his clinical interests throughout his career have been couples therapy and recovery from trauma. He is inspired by couples who have the courage to confront marital problems and work to heal and strengthen their relationship with one another and the Lord. Dan and his wife Diane have been married 14 years and share together 6 married children and 15 grandchildren. They enjoy spending evenings on their small lake, and hiking in the woods.

Patrick Hill, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Patrick Hill, LPC

Patrick earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He is a licensed professional counselor in CO and AZ. As an experienced professional and Christ-follower, Patrick serves individuals and couples in the areas of sexual integrity, relational health and spiritual transformation. His contagious enthusiasm to care well for people flows through all that he does professionally, personally and in ministry. Having always dreamed of being a husband and a daddy, he is passionate about ministering to couples who want something better for their marriage and family. Residing in Mesa, AZ, he and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for over 30 years and have two children.

Travis Hill, LPC, MMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Travis Hill, LPC, MMFT

Travis is a Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in Sex Therapy. He works at the FMI campus in Rome, GA. Travis has a heartfelt desire to serve Christ through helping couples find greater intimacy, trust, healing, and hope in all stages of relationships. He also has a heart to help men struggling with various sexual issues and struggles that can cause problems in their relationship with God and others. He is married to his wonderful wife Stephanie, and they have four adult children and a grandchild.

Rachel H. Hillmer, MS, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Rachel H. Hillmer, MS, LPC

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in counseling couples, adults and teens. She previously spent 14 years as a high school counselor and, more recently, as a therapist in private practice with Eaglecrest Counseling in Springfield, MO. She has a passion for helping couples find healing in their marriage relationships and considers it a blessing to work with couples through Hope Restored Marriage Intensives. She and her husband Ted lived in many areas of the United States during his career with the National Park Service. Calling Table Rock Lake in MO their home now, they love spending time with their 3 daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and friends.

Catherine Ibarra, LPC, NCC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Catherine Ibarra, LPC, NCC

Catherine received her BA in Psychology from Covenant College and her MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Prior to joining the Hope Restored team of therapists, she worked at a private alcohol treatment center as the relational counselor and for the Cobb County Behavioral Health Crisis Center as a therapist. She currently is a counselor for Thriveworks Woodstock where she works with individuals and couples. Additionally, she is active with her church serving as a youth coach with a small group of 11th grade high school girls. She thrives on seeing lives changed and marriages renewed.

Missy Irvin, LMTF

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Missy Irvin, LMTF

Missy Irvin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, and advocate for healthy relationships. She founded the Marriage Center of Indiana, a private practice specializing in couples and individual therapy and trauma. Her desire is to see clients equipped with effective tools for healthy relationships, supportive parenting and healing from past and present hurts and trauma. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and CAPS-5 for PTSD, Brainspotting, the Gottman Method and Prepare Enrich. Missy’s husband, Derek, is a marriage pastor and they have been married since 1995. They enjoy teaching workshops with Better Together, a ministry of their church that was created to support healthy relationships. Derek and Missy have three children and one grandchild.

Cindy Irwin, MA, LMTF, ABCST

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Cindy Irwin, MA, LMTF, ABCST

Cindy Irwin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Christian Sex Therapist. Along with being a part of the Hope Restored Intensive program since 2003, she is also the founder of Life By Design, a counseling center and ministry that specializes in Sexual Wholeness. Her passion is to help individuals gain insight and to experience all that God has designed for intimacy. Cindy is also the creator of Heart Care Chapel which ministers to ministers who are struggling with discouragement, wounding or family difficulties. Cindy and her husband Steve began their journey together in 1985 and have two children.

Suzy Jordan, MA

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Suzy Jordan, MA

Suzy received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Richmont University. Suzy has a heart to see marriages restored through Christ's redeeming power. Since being a participant in a marriage intensive in 2007, Suzy is honored to partner with Focus on the Family to be able to walk alongside other couples in their journey. In addition, Suzy serves as the Leadership Care Director at Crosspoint City Church. She has been married to Glenn for over 30 years, and they have two children.

Brian Kase, MA

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Brian Kase, MA

Brian received his Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance at Berry College. Brian is passionate about helping others develop life giving self‐care practices and seeing marriages redeemed. He considers it an honor and privilege to have worked with married couples in a pastoral counseling setting for the last 10+ years. Brian is an ordained minister and also serves as the Executive Pastor of Administration and CFO at West Ridge Church. He has been married to his wife Kayla since 2012, and together they enjoy traveling to new places and going on adventures with their two boys.

Jennifer Keessen, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Jennifer Keessen, LPC

Jenny is a licensed professional counselor in Michigan, having earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Western Michigan University. She has a passion for serving individuals and couples experiencing brokenness and various life challenges in her private practice at Winning at Home Family Wellness Center in Zeeland, MI. Jenny is particularly honored to serve hurting couples at Hope Restored, helping them encounter the love and transforming care of Jesus in an immersive, intensive experience. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married since 1999, and have two young adult sons.

Geremy Keeton, M.MFT, LMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Geremy Keeton, M.MFT, LMFT

Geremy is a multi-state Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who received his graduate training at Abilene Christian University in Texas. Geremy has spent his career in ministry through various roles at Focus on the Family since 2001 and currently serves as Sr. Director of Counseling Services. Besides his attentive care in counseling couples, much of his professional work has focused on Biblical sexuality and men’s sexual integrity. He’s led addiction recovery groups and helps Christians impacted by pornography. Geremy authored The Talk: Healthy Sexuality Education and co-authored Aftershock: Overcoming His Secret Life with Pornography – A Plan for Recovery. He and his wife of over 25 years reside in Colorado and have three children.

Victor King MSE, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Victor King, MSE, LPC

Vic has blended counseling and ministry throughout his adult life. He has an undergraduate degree in Ministry and Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconin-Oskhosh. He has served as a counselor in a variety of settings, including churches, colleges, and private practice. He and his wife Kay owned and operated Life Resources, a Wisconsin state certified mental health clinic, for ten years. Marriage and men’s emotions have been his primary counseling focus. Ministry has taken him into church planting, multi-site development, lead pastor, and missions. Vic and Kay have been married for over 49 years, have 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren. They currently reside in Wimberley, Texas.

Hannah Littlepage, MS, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Hannah Littlepage, MS, LPC

Hannah is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who earned her Master’s degree from Evangel University. For nearly a decade, she worked with an inpatient population of adolescents and families in crisis. She is now an EMDR trained therapist who specializes in maternal mental health and trauma. Hannah and her husband have been married and serving in ministry together since 2012, they have two children. She considers it an honor to work alongside couples at Hope Restored.

Angela Longoria, LMFT

Marriage Intensive Therapist
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Angela Longoria, LMFT

Angela is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas. She has a private practice where she enjoys working with people of all ages who have experienced trauma or are struggling with relationships. Before becoming a therapist, Angela was a teacher and worked in children's ministry. She is honored to now be a part of the Focus on the Family team and enjoys seeing the transformation God does as couples begin to heal the hurt in their relationship. She has been married to Kenny since 1997 and has 4 young adult children and 2 dogs.

Carol Loya, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Carol Loya, MA, LPC

Carol received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2007 and has been licensed in Missouri since 2008. She and her husband served as missionaries to Costa Rica for over 14 years where they felt burdened to help couples and families struggling with spiritual and relationship issues. As a therapist, Carol has worked with adults and youth in the areas of behavioral health and addictions. She and her husband Max have been married for over 40 years and have 7 children. Her heart’s desire is to help hurting couples find hope and she is blessed to be a part of Hope Restored.

Max M. Loya, MA, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Max M. Loya, MA, LPC

Max has over 35 years of experience working with couples and families in different cultures. As an ordained minister, Max served as a missionary in Latin America for 14 years. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Max led the fatherhood program at a crisis pregnancy center and was the Clinical Director of a residential facility for youth with emotional and behavioral issues. Max and his wife, Carol, have been married for over 40 years and have 7 children. They live in Springfield, MO, where they also have their own counseling practice.

Sara Lynema, PsyD,
Lic Psy

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Sara Lynema, PsyD,
Lic Psy

Dr. Sara Lynema earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, an MA in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Professional Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology through Wheaton College. Sara has been practicing in Michigan since 2010. Sara has gained specialized training in couples therapy, healing from trauma, abuse or neglect, and faith integration. She and her husband have been married since 2004 and have two children.

Deborah Lyon, LPC

Marriage Intensive Therapist

Deborah Lyon, LPC

Deborah received her BA from Southwest Texas State University and her MA from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. Deborah is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas where she is the owner of Deborah Lyon Counseling, PLLC. She counsels individuals and couples in her private practice in San Antonio. Deborah is an EMDR-trained therapist who works with abuse and trauma survivors, walking with them as they become thrivers. Deborah has been involved in serving married couples for over 25 years and is honored to be part of the Hope Restored team. She will celebrate 40 years of marriage this year and has three daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons.

John Michael, Ph.D., LPC

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John Michael, Ph.D.,LPC

Dr. John Michael is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Managing Partner and co-owner of Professional Counseling Associates in Mesa, Arizona. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and a Doctorate in Psychology from Kennedy-Western University. Since 1993, Dr. Michael’s professional background includes social work in foster placement, residential treatment for adolescents, human resources, and sports-performance counseling. John spent 11 years as the EAP counselor for the Arizona Diamondbacks Professional Baseball Club. John especially enjoys wearing his 2001 World Series ring around Yankees fans! John and his wife, Julie live in Scottsdale Arizona and have been married since 1990. Dr. Michael joined the Focus on the Family counseling team in 2022.

Alma Miller, LPC, LMFT

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Alma Miller, LPC, LMFT

Alma earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Crisis Counseling and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. Alma possesses dual licensure through the Texas State Board as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a board approved Supervisor for undergraduate and graduate students working toward licensure. Alma has provided counseling services in several capacities to include work with individuals and couples, premarital counseling, marriage therapy and affair recovery. Additionally, Alma has a background in crisis intervention and works with women, families, parent coaching and family repair work. More recently, Alma has incorporated EMDR therapy into her work with individuals who desire to heal from trauma and other distressing life experiences. With her husband's leading, Alma has been privileged to lend support in the co-founding of Protect and Care Ministries, a Christian mission in Bangalore, India which provides severely underprivileged boys ages 5 to 18 with a chance at a new life. Alma and her husband have a beautiful, blended family with five amazing children. She loves to travel, enjoys big family get-togethers, and loves cheering on our San Antonio Spurs! She considers it a privilege to team up with you in the counseling journey.

Kelsey Mitchell, LMFT

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Kelsey Mitchell, LMFT

Kelsey is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Michigan and Kentucky. She has long been passionate about supporting families toward health and wholeness in Jesus’ name. When Kelsey is not at a marriage intensive, she is supporting her husband in his pastoral role, raising their three children, and learning how to garden.

Vicki Morgan, LPC, LMFT

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Vicki Morgan, LPC, LMFT

Vicki received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Vicki enjoys coming along side individuals, couples, and families as they seek personal wellbeing and restored relationships. She served in ministry for many years with her husband, Bruce, and has been an intensive therapist for Focus on the Family since 2014. Vicki and Bruce have been married since 1984. They have four grown sons, four lovely daughters-in-law, and have been blessed with grandchildren.

Tammy Morrison, M. Ed., LPC

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Tammy Morrison, M. Ed., LPC

Tammy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She is the founder and clinician of her private practice Empowered Hope Counseling and Wellness, LLC, in Austin, Texas. She specializes in EMDR, working with people experiencing trauma, grief, anxiety, and relationship issues. Tammy earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education studies and her master's in counseling and educational administration. After 30+ years in education, Tammy transitioned to the world of clinical mental health. She is passionate about helping people discover (or rediscover) God-given, God-designed healing so that they can experience enhanced physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Tammy and her husband Cory have been married since 1999. They live in Georgetown, Texas, and enjoy spending time around their fire pit with their grown kids, grands, and two Boston terriers.

Alex Muzichuk, MA, LPC

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Alex Muzichuk, MA, LPC

Alex Muzichuk received his Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Counseling from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri, Michigan, and Alaska. Furthermore, as an ordained minister, Alex brings years of ministry experience and awareness of the ministry dynamics that influence family life. He speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and English. Alex’s Slavic heritage brings a new perspective to family life in American culture. Alex married Natalie in 2006, and with their five children they enjoy traveling and doing ministry as a family.

Cynthia Nicholson, MA, LPC

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Cynthia Nicholson, MA, LPC

As a licensed counselor and featured speaker in churches and conferences for over thirty years throughout the United States and Latin America, Cynthia has focused on marriage and home and women’s issues. Cynthia has been working with Focus on the Family since 2005, bringing insights from a cross-cultural perspective. Having served with her husband, Richard, fourteen years as missionaries in Argentina and Mexico, they continue to travel extensively, providing marriage seminars in Spanish-speaking venues.

Nikki Pinkley, MS, LPC

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Nikki Pinkley, MS, LPC

Nikki is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri. Nikki has worked in the private practice setting since 2008. She is the founding director of Restoring Wellness Counseling, LLC. Nikki is thrilled to be a part of the Focus on the Family team and considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to serve as a vessel to couples who seek the full potential of their relationships. Nikki and her husband, Matt, have been married since 2008 and enjoy spending time with their daughter and son.

Kristi Proch, LPC

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Kristi Proch, LPC

Kristi has been working with adults and couples as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona since 2012. She felt called into this profession to share the hope of healing from our past traumas and to help provide a path to healthy connection in our relationships. She is passionate about helping others learn we all deserve to be in healthy relationships as God intended. . Kristi is excited to join the Hope Restored team to be able to help bring hope and restoration to broken marriages. Kristi, a Certified EMDR Therapist, runs her private practice, Refresh Counseling, LLC in north Phoenix. Kristi has been married to her husband Michael since 2000 and has an adult daughter and son-in-law, as well as a son in college.

Kevin Pruitt, LMFT

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Kevin Pruitt, LMFT

Kevin is a multi-state Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 15 years of clinical mental health experience working with adolescents, families, and couples. Kevin’s heart is to help couples and families break the patterns that break relationships. Before coming to Hope Restored, Kevin pastored local churches in Oklahoma and Illinois for 30 years. He and his wife Rebecca married in 1994, and they live in the Chicagoland area where they raised their three children.

Carol Rasche, MA, LLP, LPC

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Carol Rasche, MA, LLP, LPC

Carol is a Limited Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from John Brown University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has a Certification in Formational Prayer from Healing Care Ministries International. She facilitates Healing Journey and Spiritual Formation Groups. Carol has been a Trauma Therapist and a Behavioral Health Counselor in medical clinics, a psychiatric hospital and private practice. Carol has journeyed through the pain of infidelity, divorce, re‐marriage and blended family. As a wounded healer, she is very grateful for God’s grace and how He transforms difficulty into new life and ministry.

Mayra Richards, LPC

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Mayra Richards, LPC

Mayra Richards is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Atlanta, GA. Mayra is passionate about helping individuals and couples become closer to themselves, their loved ones, and God. She works with people who feel disconnected from their authentic selves, confused about life direction, or want to learn more about their emotions. Mayra earned her Master’s degree from Richmont Graduate University. Her goal is to empower clients to discover their life purpose and take steps towards that life purpose. Mayra approaches therapy using evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). With CBT, Mayra helps clients break free from harmful thought patterns and connect their emotions to their actions.

Ryan Rose, LPC

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Ryan Rose, LPC

Ryan is a pastor and LPC in Michigan. He received his MA in counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Joanna, for 19 years and they have four children ranging in age from mid-teens to preschool. One of his favorite pastimes is hanging out at a rustic cabin in the woods that he and his family have been working on for the last few years. His prayer is to help people struggling in their marriage to move toward health and repair their relationship with God and with each other.

Michael Sainz, MA, LPC, NCC.

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Michael Sainz, MA, LPC, NCC.

Michael Graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in American and English Literature and Psychology from the University of Arizona. He spent several years teaching high school literature before moving to Colorado with his wife and children. Michael attended Denver Seminary where he earned a master’s degree in Mental health counseling with a focus on marriage. Michael and his wife have now been married for 26 years and have two adult children. They continue to live in Colorado and focus on marriage God’s way.

Scott Schmidt, LPC

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Scott Schmidt, MS, LPC

Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. Scott has also worked in private practice since 2013. He joined the team at Focus Marriage Institute in 2017. Scott and his wife Penny married in 1998 and are blessed with three wonderful children, one son and two daughters. Scott loves family time, vacations, and holidays spent together. He and his wife are also active in their church, serving together as volunteers. Some of Scott's other interests include reading, woodworking, and spending time in outdoor activities.

Shar Schroyer, MA, LLP

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Shar Schroyer, MA, LLP

Shar is committed to the ever changing challenges and blessings in marriage because a strong marriage is a picture of Christ's love for the church. She believes the FOTF marriage materials have enriched her own marriage and she is excited to participate in that process with other couples. Shar received her undergraduate degree from Cornerstone University, her masters in counseling from Western Michigan University and she has completed course work in Health Psychology, at the doctorate level. She has been married since 1982, has three grown children, and five grandchildren. In her off-time, Shar enjoys living on a rural hobby farm with her husband and chickens, as well as the dog, Ruger AKA the wonder spaniel.

Kathy Shoop, LPC

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Kathy Shoop , LPC

Kathy earned a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and Music from Cornerstone University. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In addition to her clinical training, Kathy’s career has included positions in the corporate world, higher education, and ministry leadership. Kathy loves the Church, and she is passionate about using her gifts and credentials to serve the Body of Christ. Her practice is Biblically informed, using evidence-based models to address relational, emotional, mental, and spiritual issues with couples and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Kathy has been married to Dave for 37 years, and they have two, young-adult children. In addition to spending time doing anything with her husband and family, Kathy enjoys hiking and bicycling rail-trails, and swimming in Lake Michigan.

Kasey Smith, LPC

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Kasey Smith, LPC

Kasey Smith received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University and her Master’s degree in counseling from The University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She has been a licensed professional counselor in Texas since 2010. Kasey and her husband, Sam, were married in 2008 and they have two children they are raising in Johnson City, Texas. Kasey is humbled and honored to get to walk alongside couples in need and prays that God would use her in mighty ways for the sake of marriage and family.

Kara Stone, MA,LPC

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Kara Stone, MA,LPC

Kara is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving in the St. Louis and surrounding areas since 2008. In 2012, she established M.O.V.E. (Making Our Vows Eternal) Christian Counseling and is a certified Practitioner in the Aroma Freedom Technique using essential oils in her therapy. Kara desires to instill in her clients hope for their future, freedom from their past, and offer tools to embrace what they are given each day. She is excited to empower couples through Focus on the Family so marriages can heal, families can be restored, and communities can be impacted by Christ-centered marriages and families. She has been married to her husband, Tim, since 2012 and they have 4 children.

Cody Swearengin, LPC

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Cody Swearengin, LPC

Cody Swearengin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from MidAmerica Nazarene University and his Master of Arts in Counseling from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Cody began his career in mental health working in an adult and adolescent inpatient psychiatric facility and a residential facility for youth. He has served 10+ years in the Branson School District as a school counselor and has volunteered as a youth leader in his local church for over 20 years. In addition to being a part of the Focus on the Family team, Cody also provides counseling services to adolescents, adults and couples in his own private practice Applied Counseling LLC. Cody married his wife Heather in 2004 and they have 2 children. Cody feels privileged to be able to work with couples as they seek hope and restoration in their marriage relationship.

Eric Joseph (Joey) Staples, MS, LPC

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Eric Joseph (Joey) Staples, MS, LPC

Eric Joseph (Joey) Staples has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Baylor University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and Louisiana, a Certified Family Counselor and a Board-Certified Professional Christian Counselor. As an Ordained Minister, Joey is the Family Life Pastor at First Baptist Church in Branson, Missouri. In his role at the church, Joey oversees family growth, leads several Bible Study classes, and counsels with individuals, couples, families and groups. After 30+ years in the field, he joined the Focus team in 2015 and considers it an honor to come along side couples in their time of need. Joey and his wife Jeanie have been married since 1981 and live in Branson. They have a wonderful son and daughter and a bunch of fun, beautiful grandchildren.

Laura Tate, MS, LPC

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Laura Tate, MS, LPC

Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Central Bible College and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University. Laura is a License Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. Laura also works in private practice at McGuire Christian Counseling and serves as a care pastor alongside her husband, Andy. Laura and Andy married in 1992 and have three grown sons and three daughters-in-law.

Deb Torell MA, LMFT, LPC

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Deb Torell MA, LMFT, LPC

Deb received her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Occupational Therapy, and worked in that field with children and adults with a variety of physical disabilities. She returned to school, receiving her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2008. As part of her program, she studied and received a specialization in Spirituality and Counseling. Deb is now licensed in the State of Georgia both as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselor. She has been married to Craig since 1979, has three grown children and one beautiful grandchild. When not working in the retreat setting, Deb counsels couples, families and individuals in her private practice in Kennesaw Georgia.

M. Kelly Ward, MA, LPC

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M. Kelly Ward, MA, LPC

Kelly Ward, MA, LPC received his master's degree in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Missouri and Texas, and an ordained minister. Raised in a pastor's home and being in ministry for over 30 years himself, Kelly has a deep understanding of family life in ministry and in the church. He has a private practice in Texas with experience in marriage, PTSD, attachment, and parenting. Additionally, Kelly is on the team for the John Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. Kelly has been married to his high school sweetheart, Alisa, since 1988. They have four children and several grandchildren. Kelly and Alisa also direct Sole Mission, a nonprofit organization providing new shoes to kids in need across the United States.

Ann Warner, MAPC, LPC

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Ann Warner, MAPC, LPC

Ann is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Red Mountain Counseling Center in Mesa AZ. Ann specializes in trauma, couples counseling, and family of origin issues. Ann received a M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Ottawa University and a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development from Arizona State University. She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years within the nonprofit community, addiction treatment centers, and the church. Restoration of marriage and family has been an integral theme throughout her career and her own healing journey. She is excited and honored to be part of the Focus on the Family team to bring God’s hope and healing to couples. Ann and her husband, Barry, have been married for 40+ years, have 2 grown sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and 6 amazing grandchildren.

Janet Williams, MA, LPC, LLP, MAML

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Janet Williams, MA, LPC, LLP, MAML

Janet earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, from Spring Arbor University. She also earned a second Master’s in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor and a master’s level licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan. She and her husband Terence have 2 adult children and two grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys traveling and ministering with her husband. Janet feels very blessed to be able to be a part of Focus on the Family by coming alongside couples as they journey towards the divine design God had in mind! .

Terence W. Williams, LMSW, MAML

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Terence W. Williams, LMSW, MAML

Terence (Terry) is a fully licensed social worker with the State of Michigan. He has worked as a professional counselor since earning a Master of Social Work from Western Michigan University in 1990. Terry is honored to join the Focus on the Family team and hopes to be used by the Lord to be a blessing to couples. Terry specializes in substance abuse, and gambling addiction. Terry has been married to his wife Janet for more than thirty-five years and they have 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys comedies, traveling, and reading.

Michael Todd Wilson, LPC, CST

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Michael Todd Wilson, LPC, CST

Michael Todd Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Georgia and Florida, as well as a Certified Sex Therapist with the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. In addition to nearly 30 years of experience, he has authored three Christian books: two related to sexuality and one promoting healthy self-care among ministry leaders. Michael Todd specializes in working with individuals and marriages in the areas of sexual integrity recovery and overall marital health. He and his wife live in Rome, Georgia with their two kids and the friendliest standard poodle you will ever meet.

Linda White Claybrook, MSW, LCSW

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Linda White Claybrook, MSW, LCSW

Linda White Claybrook is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to coming to Focus on the Family, she worked for Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO., as an Employee Assistant Specialist and a Behavioral Clinician for sixteen years. Linda has provided therapeutic and counseling services to adults and children in the Branson and Springfield areas for the past twenty-eight years. Linda is especially grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the ministry of Hope Restored and enjoys sharing her love for the Lord. Linda has also enjoyed the privilege of working alongside her late husband, Thomas White, as a pastor’s wife for most of the forty-nine years of marriage. Linda has three children, nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Linda also shares her joy with us in her recent marriage to a dear Christian man, JR Claybrook.

Nick White, MA, LPC

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Nick White, MA, LPC

As a graduate of both the University of Georgia and Colorado Christian University, Nick loves having the opportunity to serve couples as a Professional Counselor in his home state of GA. Prior to joining the Hope Restored team of therapists, Nick was privileged to work with Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs before returning home to the south. Having worked with the ministry for two plus decades, Nick has been given the opportunity to come alongside hurting individuals and families. As a man, husband, and father of three, Nick is passionate about meeting people exactly where they are in their journey and helping them to navigate the culture in which we live. Outside the therapy room, you’ll find him cheering on his favorite teams, enjoying a good meal, and spending time with his family going on new adventures together.

Kathy Wingo, EdD, LPC, LMFT

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Kathy Wingo, EdD, LPC, LMFT

Kathy earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Counselor Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her counseling work began as an elementary school counselor in 1985 and after five years, she transitioned to work in private practice for many years. Kathy joined the Focus team in 2015. and considers it an honor to come alongside couples in their time of need. Kathy and her husband Richard have been married since 1994 and have one grown son.

Annie Viers, MA, LMFT, LPC-S

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Annie Viers, MA, LMFT, LPC-S

Annie Viers is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is an LPC/LMFT clinical supervisor for Master’s Level Associates who are accruing their practice hours for Texas licensure. Annie currently serves on the board for the San Antonio Association of Relational Therapists. Along with her colleagues, Annie enjoys spending time outside the office speaking on a variety of mental health and wellness topics to the community and other professionals. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, sharing a meal with her lifelong friends and antiquing around the hill country.

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