The Center for Christian Counseling connects well-researched interventions with Biblical counseling to provide the appropriate treatment that you need. Our therapists are licensed, or working towards licensure, with the Commonwealth of Virginia and profess faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We are committed to providing therapy that is not only clinically sound but also based on Biblical principles. We regularly discuss current research and what the Bible says about it.
Margie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Center for Christian Counseling. She earned her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Southern Christian University and her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. She is a Certified Christian Conciliator from the Institute for Christian Conciliation through Peacemaker Ministries. In addition to offering conflict counseling, Margie is a mediator specializing in cases involving business, family, interpersonal, and internal church disputes. She is also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH administrator, and uses this assessment for pre-marital counseling and marital enrichment clients.
Margie has experience working with grief, bereavement and terminal diagnoses, depression, anxiety, stress management, and interpersonal conflict. She also enjoys working with pre-marital couples and helping couples in conflict develop positive solutions to issues. She is currently conducting groups for people dealing with Compulsive Overeating and Emotional Eating Disorder. Margie works with individuals, families, and couples from adolescents to adults and the elderly. She also conducts workshops and seminars on conflict resolution and biblical peacemaking, spiritual gifting, stress management, dealing with bereavement, and other life issues.
In addition to her career as a counselor Margie has worked as a training and development professional. She has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of training, curriculum design, management, and human resources. She attended Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth Universities for her undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Personnel and Labor Law, and now has over 12 years of independent consulting experience to her credit. She is a certified Myers-Briggs counselor and trainer, and has a strong background in conducting personal resource assessments.
Margie has belonged to the same church in Richmond for over 25 years, serving as an ordained deacon, women’s ministry leader, and Bible teacher. She has worked on staff at Third Presbyterian Church, assisting the pastors with their counseling needs. Margie believes in the authority of Scripture, the work of the Holy Spirit in healing, and is committed to helping you mature in Christ through the process of counseling.
Valerie earned her BS in Psychology at Eastern Mennonite University and her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently working towards licensure in Virginia as a Professional Counselor.
Valerie has worked in a variety of medical and human services settings such as Cross-Over Ministry and STEP Richmond. She has over 15 years of experience in the helping professions working with mentally and physically disabled individuals. Through her employment at The Virginia Home and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, she has developed wisdom and insight into the special needs of the individuals with disabilities and the challenges of the families who care for them.
In addition to her health care experience, Valerie managed the Health Care for the Homeless clinic at the Daily Planet for 7 years. It was during this time that she became aware of the needs of the homeless, many of whom were living with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. She counts the many experiences gained from her time with the Daily Planet and Rubicon HOPE (located at Central State Hospital) programs as molding her into the therapist she is today.
In counseling, Valerie utilizes cognitive behavior therapy and strength-based approaches. She embraces the power of God and His Holy Spirit for recovery, restoration, and reconciliation. Valerie has a strong desire to assist clients who are experiencing depression, issues related to adjustment to illness or disability, and those who are recovering from emotional traumas. During her practicum and internships at the Family Advocacy Clinic, she gained knowledge and insight into the needs of persons living with family and intimate partner violence. She is passionate about building strong and resilient marriages and relationships in families.
Valerie learned many valuable lessons in servanthood during her time at Eastern Mennonite University, and is grateful for the love and support of the church that she has attended for almost 25 years.
In her free time, Valerie enjoys reading, walking and spending time with family and friends.
Alec is a Licensed Professional Counselor who was awarded a BA in Religious Studies from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and his MA in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
Alec has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in many settings including education, coaching, spiritual development, and talk therapy. He has extensive experience working with a wide array of issues, including such areas as family relationships, grief, divorce, navigating adolescence, addictions, emotional trauma, and couple’s counseling. Alec is certified in Prepare-Enrich and uses this valuable tool when working with couples and in pre-marital counseling.
In his counseling, Alec utilizes an integrative approach in which he draws from such theories as Person Centered, Adlerian, Relational, and Family Systems. Alec ascribes to the theory that real and lasting change occurs through addressing not just behaviors, but the deeper issues of the heart.
Alec believes that the redemption and forgiveness that is offered through Christ’s death and resurrection is what provides hope for each of us. He views his role to be that of someone who journeys alongside his clients while God speaks into their lives.
In addition to counseling, Alec and his wife enjoy parenting their two boys, taking walks, attending sporting events, and sharing their hospitality with others.
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Center for Christian Counseling. She earned her BA in Biology from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and her MA in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
In meeting with clients, Sarah utilizes a holistic approach, viewing and addressing persons as whole beings, consisting of body, mind, soul, and spirit. Likewise, in her work with clients, Sarah integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and systems therapies with a desire to seek and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance as to the needs of each person. Sarah feels called to assist individuals, couples, and families in their journeys toward health and wholeness.
Sarah’s experience and range of practice include such areas as family relationships, couples counseling, childhood issues and trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. Sarah also has experience working with college students and at-risk youth and their families.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 year old as well as running, reading good fiction, and making green smoothies.
Melissa Hall is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a focus on Human Services and a Bachelors of Science in Religion with a focus on Youth Ministries in 2007 from Liberty University. She was awarded her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2010 and Masters of Education in School Counseling in 2012 from Liberty University. Her certifications are in Acute Stress, Grief & Trauma, Prepare and Enrich, and Crisis & First Responders Skills.
Melissa has years of experience working at various mental health treatment centers and various mental health settings within the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County.
In Counseling, Melissa utilizes a Biblically-based approach, drawing from the Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, and Motivational Interviewing methodologies. Her approach is case-sensitive, in that she identifies each person’s concern(s) in order to determine which approach or methods will be most effective. She believes this analysis is important in order to get to the root of issues by exploring the relationship between how thoughts create feelings, which cause various behaviors.
She has done extensive work in the area of cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior modification with children, teens, families, and young adults. Mrs. Hall believes in the authority of Scripture, the work of the Holy Spirit in healing, and is committed to helping individuals mature in Christ through the process of counseling.
Additionally, Melissa likes to stay physically active in exercise and sports. She also enjoys playing with her sons and having quality time with her husband. Melissa believes that family comes first as a field of ministry and investment, since God entrusts them to us.
Miriam Bott is working towards her licensure as a Professional Counselor at the Center for Christian Counseling. She earned her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and then completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Miriam has worked with individuals and families in the counseling field in several capacities including domestic violence issues, depression, eating disorders, infidelity, anxiety, divorce, blended families, forgiveness and crisis pregnancy. She is also certified as a Prepare-Enrich administrator.
Working with people within the context of their family system and relationships is an important perspective Miriam utilizes in her counseling. She believes that because God is a relational God, He uses the crucible of relationships in order to bring out sin and dysfunction in people as well as beauty and wholeness. She has seen the power of God’s redemptive work in her life and is honored to walk alongside others as they experience God’s redemption and healing in their own lives. She is confident that God has called her to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from Him (2 Corinthians 1:4). In addition to Biblical wisdom, Miriam draws from Family Systems theories as well as Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused counseling theories.
Aside from counseling, Miriam spends her days elbow deep in dress up, books, glitter and trucks with her two daughters and son. When she manages to get away for a few hours, she loves to explore the city with her husband. She enjoys hanging out with friends, going for a run, watching old black and white movies and playing in the worship band at church.
Gifty Pampuru is working towards her licensure as a Professional Counselor at the Center for Christian Counseling. Gifty completed her BSN in nursing at PUNE University in India. She competed her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and interned at the Daily Planet in Richmond. She has worked as a psychiatric RN in India and Oman, and is currently working in the behavioral health unit at Richmond Community Hospital. In addition to two Indian dialects (Hindi and Marathi), Gifty speaks Arabic and English.
Gifty has worked with individuals from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures. She has experience in working with many issues including depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits, and schizophrenia. In addition to Biblical wisdom, Gifty draws from Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, and Solution-Focused counseling theories. Throughout her Christian walk, with its ups and downs, she believes that God is real, and His love for us is tangible. He didn’t intend life to be hard, but because it is, He promises to go through it with us. Gifty has no doubt that God reaches out to heal you emotionally, mentally, and physically through others.
In addition to counseling, Gifty enjoys singing, playing guitar, and leading worship in her church. She loves to garden and cook, as well as hang out with family and friends.