Bencouraged House, Transformational Prayer
Transformation Prayer is defined as intentional and focused prayer with the desired outcome of an authentic encounter with the presence of Christ, resulting in mind renewal and subsequent transformed life.
This is a ministry of prayer that is Christ centered and God reliant for it’s direction and outcome. Although many may offer their lives to Jesus Christ and come to the knowledge of his saving grace, if their spiritual wounding is deeply entrenched, they may retain pain and guilt in their hearts and continue to revisit their trauma. Transformation Prayer’s intent is to heal the heart through God’s truth, in doing so, find permanent release and freedom.
Michele Bennefield is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling and is licensed in the state of South Carolina with the LLR to provide individual and family psychotherapy. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as being nationally certified in Trauma Focused CBT. Michele is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and most recently, she has pursued her license as a Clinical Supervisor allowing her the ability to supervise other clinicians as they go thru the licensure process. Michele has had a variety of career experiences including, but not limited to, working for the Governor’s Office Continuum of Care Agency, working with emotionally disturbed children in foster care through SC DSS, serving as the Director of Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter from 2005-2008, and holding a position as a therapist in a residential treatment facility. Michele attends Brookwood Church and has been a part of the Lay Counselor Ministry. She also volunteers with Care Connection, the Grands Ministry, co-leads a Blended Family small group with her husband and can be found most Sunday mornings greeting those coming to services. Her counseling experience includes helping those who have survived a trauma or other upsetting event in their life, including abuse or violence, grief & loss, separation & divorce, life changes, or feeling disconnected from others. Additional counseling services include providing premarital/marriage counseling using the Prepare/Enrich model, working with Blended Families to work on healthy/effective communication to help resolve conflict and work on co-parenting related concerns.
Dr. Stephen Ellis
Dr. Stephen Ellis
Dr. Ellis is a licensed Christian Counselor with a Ph. D in Clinical Christian Counseling. He is board certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). He is also a member of Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors (SACC). He is an Advanced Certified Temperament Therapy Counselor and uses the Arno Profile System in his counseling to help individuals understand their unique creation by God. He also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Ellis has served local churches in a variety of positions as associate pastor, music pastor, missions pastor, executive pastor, and discipleship pastor.
Motivated by a strong desire to help individuals understand and apply the freedom we have in Christ, Dr. Ellis founded Open Door Biblical Counseling Center in 2006. He is also passionate about assisting pastors and churches in bearing the load of counseling and discipleship. As a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, veteran, and businessman, Dr. Ellis understands that life can be difficult…but that God is the Great Physician who brings healing and victory through our surrender to His incredible plan and purpose for our lives.
Dr. Ellis also offers training for individuals who desire to become Christian counselors. He serves as a Certified Academic Institution for NCCA and supervises students who are pursuing a degree in Christian counseling.
Tracy Friedlob is the mother of two very active young boys and the creator/writer of her personal healthy food blog, megahealthymama.com. Tracy began a journey into clean eating about 10 years ago when she was diagnosed with severe IBS. Under the supervision of a nutritionist, she was put on an elimination diet. Tracy began a passionate pursuit of research and education so that she could begin learning how to cook using ingredients with which she was very unfamiliar. She walked right out of her comfort zone and never looked back. Today Tracy educates others in their quest for health through cooking classes, a local recipe column, eBooks and her blog. Her passion for clean eating transcends into every aspect of her life, and she lives by the motto “Food As Medicine.” Adopting this simple thought process, along with hours of research, Tracy says she is better able to understand that God created everything we need to be healthy and vibrant. All of her recipes are full of beneficial fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. Tracy sets out every morning to experiment and prepare simple, tasty and nutritious meals for her family and friends. She feels like she has been blessed with an abundance of knowledge, and says that it is her passion to help others become the healthy, happy person God created them to be.
Mark Goldsmith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Erskine College and went on to complete his Masters in Counseling, in addition to a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. He brings clinical experience gained in residential treatment centers, schools, as well as community mental health centers.
Mark is a certified facilitator in Prepare-Enrich, a research-based assessment for couples undergoing marriage or premarital counseling. In addition to his work as a counselor, Mark has served in a ministry capacity in a variety of church settings. He is an active member of Horizon Presbyterian Church in Mauldin, SC. His experience and training make him uniquely suited to address faith and spirituality in the context of therapy. Relational in his approach, Mark utilizes evidence based methodologies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to assist clients with their goals. He is a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy rostered clinician as well, and specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, and men’s issues.
Jim Harbin, LPC
Jim Harbin has been in practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for over twenty five years. He has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, private practice and group practices. He currently works at Piedmont Psychiatric Services on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, SC.
He obtained his BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and his M. Ed. in Personnel Services from Clemson University. Continuing his training he went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He also attained clinical member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and became a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). In addition he was a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Mr. Harbin has worked with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief resolution, bipolar disorder, anger management, and marital therapy just to mention a few. More recently he has found his practice and his presentations increasingly including education on stress management techniques.
His warm, humorous, practical, approach has made him a popular speaker in schools, hospitals, churches, and businesses.
Dr. Kevin Lewis
Dr. Kevin Lewis
Dr. Kevin Lewis is the Clinic Director for Alignlife East, an integrative natural healthcare office. He is a chiropractic physician who provides chiropractic care, nutrition enhancement, toxin elimination, hormone balancing, and weight management services. Prior to becoming a chiropractic physician, he served as a deputy sheriff for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. After sustaining an injury while in the line of duty, Dr. Lewis felt God calling him to move into the healthcare industry, specifically to the area of chiropractic care. His warmth and compassion, coupled with his professional excellence, make him a highly sought after clinician.
Dr. Lewis is frequently asked to speak on topics such as nutrition, health and wellness, stress management, and the benefits of chiropractic care.
Restoring Hope Counseling, LLC
Restoring Hope Counseling, LLC
Restoring Hope Counseling, LLC does a lot of work with children, adolescents, families, and individuals. A Christian approach to therapeutic interventions is incorporated throughout the counseling experience. Social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and financial areas are explored, as any of these areas can throw the others off balance.
A combination of solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to find helpful solutions to alleviate situations and address deeper thoughts and beliefs that tend to drive us. Our hope is that you find hope, healing, and confidence in who you are and who Christ is in your life.
The practice is located in Anderson, South Carolina.
As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Hal works to help those struggling with porn addiction, sex
addiction, compulsive sexual behavior, and infidelity. He also works with spouses, partners, and
family members in their struggle to understand and heal from the hurtful and often traumatic impact
of these behaviors. Hal is an approved Gottman Leader and Educator and utilizes Gottman Method
therapy with Couples. As an EMDR practitioner, he assists those suffering from the pain of anxiety
and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, Hal uses the
treatment model set forth by world-renowned sex addiction expert Dr. Patrick Carnes. In addition to
training with Dr. Carnes, Hal has trained with Betrayal Trauma and Cybersex experts Dr. Stefanie
Carnes and Rob Weiss, respectively.
Hal offers Psycho-educational presentations on the topics of Marriage Enrichment, Preparing for
Parenthood, Cybersex, Pornography, and Sex Addiction to Churches, Schools, Medical Offices,
Colleges and Hospitals.
Karen is a Certified Sex Therapist, trained from a biblical worldview at The Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT). Sex therapy includes issues such as low desire, sexual pain, sex addiction, affair recovery, sexual trauma, erectile concerns, premature ejaculation, infertility, and postpartum recovery, to name a few. Techniques for improvement include specific behavioral interventions, strategic reading, relationship and intimacy enhancement, along with referrals to appropriate professionals. Karen is also a certified Splankna practitioner. Splankna is a holistic psychological protocol that includes a group of treatment processes that identify and alleviate trauma emotions.