The mission of Serenity Counseling Center is to enhance the lives of our clients through spirit-based services and support in a peaceful and caring environment. Say hello to our wonderful staff who are dedicated to your success. 

Dr. Angie Anderson

 

Founder Angie Anderson, Ph. D., Licensed Professional Counselor, Collaborative Divorce Coach & Child Specialist, and Certified Yoga Instructor, has provided mental health therapy, coaching and yoga instruction to hundreds of clients.

 

As a counselor for over twenty years in diverse settings, Angie has personally adopted an integrative approach while utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions and tools to best meet the needs of her clients.  Her intention is to bring to the session a theoretical recipe based upon person centered, existential, and cognitive behavioral ingredients.  With an additional spirituality component, she hopes to empower clients while practicing with an integrative model. With a person centered focus, the relationship is of the utmost importance providing authenticity, respect, and acceptance.  Through an existential lens, clients are supported to acknowledge potential for self-awareness and given freedom to choose individual fate.  At times, cognitive behavioral interventions challenge personal belief systems to create awareness on the think-feel-do cycle.  

Respecting the importance of the unity of families and marriages, Angie developed a five session program "Making Love Last."  Through her program, Angie is dedicated to assisting families and couples with enhanced healthy communication and effective conflict resolution while maintaining mutual respect.  

 

Angie is also collaboratively trained in helping families find balance and peace while going through a divorce.  She will work with children as a Child Specialist to learn effective coping skills to deal with the changes in the family as they separate/divorce.  She will also work with parents in developing healthy parenting plans to make the transition easier.  With the adults going through a divorce, Angie will serve as a Divorce Coach to help the individual cope and deal with the loss of the marriage and meet the client where they need to help the process be as amicable as possible.

 

Utilizing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, she has enjoyed branching out as a counselor educator and clinical supervisor.  In this role, Angie passionately brings her experience of counseling to future counselors. Presently, she is Adjunct Professor with Thomas University. 

Todd A. Gearheart, Resident in Counseling, NCC, MA, Doctoral Student in the Ed.D. Community Care & Counseling program specializing in trauma, OSC (SW) / AIC, U.S. Navy Veteran

 

My theoretical foundation is person-centered with a strong influence of humanistic counseling therapies such as positive psychology. My philosophy focuses attention on the present and future utilizing evidence-based therapeutic interventions from modalities such as solutions-focused brief therapy, reality therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness to produce an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to therapy. I focus on goal-oriented questioning to assist a client in moving into a future-oriented direction to help the client reduce negative thinking and behaviors, increase motivation and resiliency, and become a healthier and happier, human being.

 

I have extensive experience in school, community, veteran’s health, and clinic settings having engaged in therapeutic day treatment, intensive in-home, parenting aid, mentoring, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, and outpatient services along with substance abuse treatment and counseling, and mental health outpatient therapy. One of the strongest skills that I bring to my counseling work is my life experience. I am a military veteran that has served our country honorably during combat in very dangerous places in the world in several major conflicts and crises. I’m well-traveled and bring a unique multicultural background of having lived in foreign countries with people with diverse nationalities, ethnicities, races, gender, age, religious and spiritual beliefs. With a strong influence of eastern hemisphere practices, I take a very holistic approach to counseling in which I focus on the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Specialties: Anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, military family and veteran issues/challenges.

Licenses/certifications:

• Resident in Counseling/LMHP-R

• National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Education:

• Current EdD student candidate for a Doctor in Education with a specialization trauma counseling, Liberty University. Expected graduation: summer 2022.

• MA Professional Counseling, Liberty University, 2018

• MA Human Services Counseling: Marriage & Family, Liberty University, 2015

• BS Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations, Radford University, 1993

• Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator (Marriage/Couples Counseling)

{Certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH Couple Program for premarital and married couples who want to get their marriage off to a good start or enrich their marriage}

Military Service:

Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy, 11 years of honorable service in active and reserve duty as an Operations Specialist and Air Intercept Controller.

COVID-19:

In office counseling will consist of 6' social distancing, use of hand sanitization, and require the use of face masks and COVID-19 screening questions for our safety. Telehealth service is optional.

Brittany St. Clair

 

Brittany is the office manager.  Should you ever have questions, need to make an appointment, call the office and speak with her. She is here to help you.