A Little About Us
At Charis Counseling Center, we have gathered some of the most competent, effective, and caring professional counselors 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.
- Jim Keller
- Julia Jancek Sharp
- Sandra Stanford
- Robin Nicholas
- Cathy O’Neal
- Michelle Nason
- Tim Burkholder
- Scott Welch
- Nathan Wilkinson
- Matt Bubalo
- Carolyn Posey
- Melissa Van Keuren Buhler
- Lindsey Coates
- Ashley Mills
- Mallory Gabriel
Jim worked for Campus Crusade for Christ for more than 25 years before he founded Charis Counseling Center. Jim was a nationally known speaker with Family Life and addressed the topics of marriage, parenting and remarriage…
Julia began her career as a social worker in Philadelphia working with foster children. While she enjoyed her work, she was not quite fulfilled and felt she wanted to do more. After entering therapy herself to help resolve issues from her past, she began to feel the pull towards counseling…
From Sandra’s personal experiences and through speaking and counseling, she has gained a deep understanding of issues people face on a daily basis. Sandra’s work with clients is collaborative working alongside the client to help in the healing process…
Robin recently received her Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is currently working on becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Florida State University in 2004…
Cathy is passionate about helping women to feel comfortable in their own skin, embracing life and their own story. She provides a safe, empathic place for women to process daily struggles as well as deeper more painful events, learning to live more fully no matter the circumstances.
For the past 17 years Michelle has been working as a middle and high school English teacher while maintaining a private counseling practice. While working with teenagers each day is fulfilling and challenging, Michelle feels the draw of working with individuals through the counseling process and has begun the transition to becoming a full-time therapist.
As a pensive and reflective counselor, Tim desires to create a safe environment where light is allowed to permeate the known and unknown shadows of our secrets and story that we all would prefer remain hidden. He believes that healthy people move honestly toward two things: truth and relationships, and loves to help people who are hurting or stuck, find the courage to pursue their own health.
Scott is a national trainer for Prepare/Enrich, the world’s leading pre-marital and marital inventory. He’s a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida with over 25 years of counseling experience.
As Nathan has worked through his own personal story, he has become passionate about helping young men and women who are transitioning through different stages in their life.
Matt studied psychology as an undergraduate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he volunteered at a community crisis center. He then began his career at a behavioral hospital in Orlando, where he further developed his passion to care for people, especially those struggling with debilitating mental disorders.
Carolyn has worked for many years as a family therapist in a chemical dependency agency and is also licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Through that work she gained expertise in addiction, substance abuse, codependency, trauma, sexual abuse and anxiety and depression.
Melissa is a restoration specialist. She believes that each session is an opportunity to transform the deepest, darkest hurts into hope and freedom. Melissa welcomes individuals, families, teens and children.
Lindsey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with several years of experience in both private practice and community settings. After working in the non-profit marketing and public relations industry, she moved to Orlando to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling and ended up staying in the sunshine state.
Ashley is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families and believes everyone deserves a safe and empathetic place to walk through their journey. She approaches counseling through Emotion Focused Therapy so the couple or individual can explore their inner world, experience healing, gain a deeper understanding of who they are and what they need.
Mallory believes that while life can be an amazing and beautiful thing, there is also a deep awareness and experience of brokenness and pain; in ourselves, in our relationships, and in the world around us. Counseling allows a person who is skilled, safe, and well- trained, to enter in that brokenness with you. Whether it is a failing or destroyed marriage, struggling teen or adolescent, or pain too difficult to navigate on your own, Mallory would be honored to walk in your brokenness with you.