Counseling

Counseling

There are six licensed mental health professionals affiliated with (but not employed by) Grace Church.

These trained professionals have partnered with us in order to help by offering a listening ear, as well as professional guidance on personal, relational, spiritual, or psychological issues.

Counseling may be helpful if you are

Feeling isolated or withdrawn
Having career or financial problems
Having marriage or relationship issues
Battling an addiction
Having a hard time finding a balance in life
Feeling depressed or anxious
Having a hard time controlling your anger
Engaging in destructive behaviors
Have children with behavioral issues
Looking for general support or guidance

 

Please be advised that our counselors do not do emergency care or treat those who are an immediate threat to themselves or to others.  If you are experiencing an emergency please contact 911 or go to the nearest hospital.  Also, please understand that we may, at times, feel the need to refer clients out for higher levels of care that are beyond our capabilities to treat effectively in a church setting.

It is our hope that we may serve you.  It is our prayer that you will find the counselor that best serves your need.

Appointments for the following counselors at Grace Middleburg Heights Campus can be made here:

-Jamie Norton MEd, LICDC-CS
-Rev. Ryan Edlind MS, MSW, LISW-S
-Ashley Zakikhani MA, LPCC
-Mark Valley MA, LPC
-Michele Abraham MSSA, LISW-S

Please note that none of these counselors accept insurance or credit cards.

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Appointments for Carolyn Rodecker LPCC-S, LCDCIII at Grace Olmsted Falls Campus may be made by contacting Carolyn directly at:

carolyn.rodecker@gracecma.org

440-527-0457 x306

Carolyn Rodecker at Grace Olmsted Falls accepts some insurances.

Affiliated Counselors

Jamie Norton

MEd, LICDC
Grace Middleburg Heights Campus

Jamie has been an affiliate with Grace Church for the past 17 years and oversees the Counseling and Recovery ministries. Jamie has a caring and compassionate heart for those who are hurting and a strong belief in the healing process. Jamie is passionate in her belief that Jesus comes in through our wounds and offers an opportunity for hope, peace, restoration, and growth.

After almost 35 years of working as a licensed counselor, trainer, program director and consultant in almost every public and private behavioral health setting at the local, state and national levels, Jamie began working in Christian settings through the NC State Baptist Convention in 1990.

In addition to her work with Grace Church, Jamie also offers Making Peace Retreats and workshops in several states.

Jamie received her Bachelor Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1963 and her Masters Degree from NC State University in 1972.

Rev. Ryan Edlind

MS, MSW, LISW-S
Grace Middleburg Heights Campus

www.ryanedlind.com

Ryan is a Licensed Independent Social Work Supervisor in Ohio and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan. He has also served as a leader in church ministry (teacher, elder, & pastor), and mental health organizations (clinical supervisor, professor, hospital psychiatry, agency & private practice settings). Ryan and his wife Jennifer were married in 1998 and are parents to Liam (2004), Tyler (2007) and Carter (2012). Ryan also loves to organize group trips to his hometown, New York City.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Graduate studies toward M.Div at Baptist Bible Seminary, a Masters degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University (1997) and a Masters of Social Work from New York University (2003).

Ashley Zakikhani

MA, LPCC
Grace Middleburg Heights Campus

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and felt called to a relationship-centered ministry. Ashley went on to receive a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, which included formal theological training.

Ashley’s clinical practice has included individual, family, and group counseling. Some areas of competence include mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, process/behavioral addictions, spiritual issues, eating disorders, and young adult issues.

Ashley is also a certified practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI).

Ashley has been a member of Grace Church since 2001.

Mark Valley

MA, LPC
Grace Middleburg Heights Campus

Mark is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. He received his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Mark serves adolescents, adults, and couples who are seeking help with depression, anxiety, life adjustment, trauma, grief/loss, marriage and relationship issues, and spiritual issues.

Michele Abraham

MSSA, LISW-S
Grace Middleburg Heights Campus

Michele has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University (1995) and a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University (1999).

Michele has done case management, counseling, and applied social research for older adults with memory and physical illness. She has also worked with underserved populations in health research and community engagement through the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities and worked in advocacy for the developmentally disabled population. She has been an advocate for the developmentally disabled population and continues this connection by serving on the board for The Arc of Greater Cleveland.  She has most recently worked with children and adults, with a particular interest in teen-aged children and families, particularly those affected by the impact of developmental disabilities.

Michele has served in Making Peace ministry, children’s, women’s and high school ministries here at Grace and currently serves with the Connect Team as well. She has been a Grace member since 2008.

Carolyn Rodecker

LPCC-S, LCDCIII
Grace Olmsted Falls Campus

carolyn.rodecker@gracecma.org

Carolyn specializes in counseling related to abuse, addiction, bereavement (terminal illness and death, working with individuals and families trying to cope), chemical abuse/ dependency, family therapy, trauma, mental disorder, and group therapy addressing issues related to behavioral, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Carolyn has witnessed God’s work of restoration in her life, as well as in the lives of friends, family, and coworkers. She loves the privilege of being a part of the restorative process, sharing the message that there is life and there is always hope in Jesus Christ!

Carolyn’s training to become a counselor began in the early nineties. She began as a spiritual mentor, and led support groups for those struggling with codependencies, substance abuse, and relational trauma. Carolyn also interned with Cornerstone of Hope, a center for those who are grieving. In her time at Cornerstone, she counseled individuals, families, and groups dealing with death and terminal illness. As a licensed professional counselor, Carolyn has continued to broaden her scope of practice to include mental disorders (i.e., depression, bipolar, and anxiety disorders). Carolyn is also certified with Prepare/Enrich to work with couples in the process of preparing for marriage

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