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A Little About Charis
We have gathered some of the most competent, effective, and caring professional counselors in Orlando & Central Florida to provide a diversity of services to work with you. Our office staff is also an incredible asset to Charis while receiving clients and setting up appointments.

Counselors

Founder

Jim Keller

Among over 25 years of experience with Campus Crusade for Christ, Jim humbly purposed his passion for helping others into the creation of Charis Counseling Center. Now a nationally recognized speaker with Family Life, and a published author, Jim masterfully hones in on the health of a marriage, family, and the individual. And with so many areas of focus with the family to improve the overall quality of life, Jim is the ideal counselor for those in need of saving/repairing their marriage and family unit. Click now to learn more about his work over the years and how it can help you, today.
Clinical Director

Julia Jancek Sharp

After experiencing counseling for herself, Julia was inspired to help others in the same way. Thus, leading her to begin her Master’s Degree Program at Troy University. After completing her Master’s, Julia joined the Charis Counseling Center team and began fulfilling her dream of helping others on their path to healing. Her goals for her clients are simple, yet impactful. Click now to learn more and begin your journey with Julia.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Certified in EMDR Therapy

Sandra Stanford

Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Sandra is a counselor deeply dedicated to the success of her clients. With a defined focus on Behavioral Addictions, Sandra is committed to helping her clientele pinpoint, define, and grow into the healing they deserve and desire, for themselves and their loved ones. Are you ready to see how Sandra can help you?
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Cathy O’Neal

Invested in providing a safe space for everyone she counsels, Cathy works to confront, and heal the unhealthy patterns of her clients. Drawing empathy and devising a tailor-made plan to healing, from her own personal and professional experiences, to dismantle harmful thought and behavioral patterns. See how Cathy can put her years of counseling, ministry, and EMDR certification to use for you.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Robin Nicholas

Whether you’re preparing for marriage, dealing with divorce, or having a tough time with your children or teens — meet Robin Nicholas. With her Prepare & Enrich certification and training in EMDR, Robin specializes in helping the whole family, individually and collectively, to navigate through their current moments of despair. Click now to fully understand her specialties and see how she can help you and/or your loved ones.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH15416, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, EMDR Trained

Timothy Burkholder

With truth and relationships as his foundation for counseling, Tim helps his clients move away from hurt, paralysis of life, and past pains, towards their best emotional and mental state. Embarking into the world of counseling, Tim arrived with full-time ministry experience in his background. Using those skills and his desire to help clients engage in their most serene life, Tim is ideal for those looking to deal with areas of interest such as: sex + pornography addiction, child trauma + abuse, ministry care, and so much more.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Michelle Nason

Through personal counseling sessions, Michelle learned how grace can transition your pain and trauma into healing. This revelation ignited Michelle’s desire to create a safe space for others to take their journey toward healing as well. Specializing in many areas, including anxiety, self-esteem, and much more, Michelle is ideal for those looking to finally conquer the past to embark on a joyous future.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Scott Welch

A well-rounded counselor with over 25 years of experience, Scott also arrives with a strong background in his faith. A youth pastor for over 20 years, and the lead pastor of FreshStart Church in Tampa Florida — Scott, is well versed in assisting with adolescent counseling. A nationally renowned trainer for Prepare & Enrich, the leading pre-marital and martial inventory system, Scott is also a certified family mediator and parent coordinator, with the Florida Supreme Court.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Nathan Wilkinson

After years of working with Central Florida Wesley, Nathan discovered his love for helping others discover their story. Turning that enthusiasm into a plan, Nathan began pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Asbury Seminary. His goal: ensure that his clients feel empowered to regain control of their lives through their time together. Learn more about Nathan by simply clicking the link.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Matthew Bubalo

When you combine time at the community crisis center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and 18 months in Uganda working as a mental health counselor, you learn Matthew Bubalo’s story. A compassionate mental health professional, who also worked to train others to counsel in Uganda, Matthew comes with vast experience. Now honing on areas such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, Matthew is here and ready to put his experience to work for you.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Carolyn Posey

A licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Carolyn came to Charis offering over 20 years of experience. With a heart for families and couples, Carolyn enjoys connecting with her clients on a deeper level, as she guides them through their journey to healing and wellness. Invite her on your journey by simply clicking below.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Lindsey Coates Horvatich

A recovery group moderator, and overseer of classes on trauma and addiction — meet Lindsey Coates. Lindsey brightens our counseling center with her diverse skills of counseling and therapeutic approaches, tried-and-true in both the private and public sectors. From infidelity to racial reconciliation, addiction, and sexual issues — Lindsey helps clients maneuver through some of the most difficult times in life. Are you ready for her to help you?
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ashley Mills

Creating a safe environment where individuals, couples, and family units can feel safe and be transparent without fear of judgment, is an essential part of Ashley’s counseling method. Thanks to the Emotion-Focused Therapy approach, clients can travel through their emotions toward total healing, with her gentle guidance along the way. Embark on the journey with Ashley, today.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Anna Hall

Curating a place where clients are free to dig deep into their past hurts and current struggles, is at the top of Anna’s goals list. Anna is equipped to offer premarital counseling and couples therapy to help strengthen the bond of any unit through Prepare and Enrich. And while that is one area of focus, Anna is thrilled to offer counseling in other areas, such as anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, life transitions, and more. Click now for the full list to see how you’ll benefit from her knowledge too.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jolie Cogan

Unlike many, Jolie not only aims to develop a safe space for her clients but also one where they are fully aware, as well. By developing self-awareness and personal growth, Jolie leads her clients down a path that reaffirms their inner strength, while simultaneously increasing their self-worth. Are you ready to change your perspective of self and increase your quality of life? Then click now to schedule a consultation with Jolie.
Performance Coach

Stacey Sullivan

With well over a decade working with some of the top FORTUNE 500 companies in the nation as an Executive Coach, Stacey Sullivan has slightly shifted gears to help our clients unlock their fullest potential. A proud graduate of the University of East Anglia in Norwich (England) and the University of Central Florida — Stacey will be leading Coaching at Charis to help clients overcome their roadblocks to personal and professional growth. With that in mind, if you’re ready to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling on any facet of your life, there is no time like the present. Contact us now to schedule time with Stacey. She’s ready to facilitate your growth.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kathy McClenahan

It’s never too late. That is something Kathy knows from experience. She never would have guessed that she would find herself going back to school, in her fifties, to become a counselor. Now she affirms, “I love being a counselor because I feel like all of my experiences have prepared me for this work.” Kathy’s...
Parent Coach

Vicky Hepler

Vicky has spent her career as an educator, coach and trainer.  She was a classroom teacher for 37 years and she has also been a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor since 2004, using her experience to help teachers transform their classroom climate and parents create peaceful, loving homes. Vicky is the creator of the “I Love...
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Emily Will

As a counselor, Emily believes that healing happens in the context of relationships. Emily’s desire is to walk with her clients in a collaborative relationship in order to pursue growth using a biblical framework and clinical approach. She is particularly focused on an attachment-based, emotion-focused approach while also pulling from various other counseling theories when...
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Scotty Alderman

“Have you ever considered becoming a therapist?” a mentor asked Scotty at a dinner shortly after he and his wife returned from their honeymoon. “I think you would be good at it.” Everything seemed to click in that moment and he had difficulty concentrating for the rest of the meal, eager to return home and...
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