About

About

Michelle Martin Hurlbert, MACC, LCMHCS, LPCS

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in North Carolina (S9059) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in South Carolina (9577). I earned a master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2009. I'm a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). I hold the following certifications: ISSTD's Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation, Evergreen's Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2 (CCTP-II), and EMDRIA's EMDR Certified Therapist.

I provide individual counseling for adults. While I specialize in the treatment of trauma, complex trauma and dissociation, people come to me for a variety of reasons. My counseling approach integrates psychological principles within a Biblical framework. This approach has been cultivated by many experts in the field including Dan Allender, Sandra Paulsen, Sue Johnson and Janina Fisher. These experts influence the way I interact with clients and the techniques I use. In addition, brain science, Attachment Theory, ego state therapies, EMDR’s Adaptive Information Processing, and body-based psychotherapies provide me with psychological frameworks and strategies for engaging difficult symptoms. Still, my most powerful and gifted teachers are my clients. They courageously invite me into their inner experiences and allow me the privilege of joining their healing journeys.

 

Keri A. Schafer, DMin, MACC, MSFL, LCMHCA, LPCA

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina (A20199) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in South Carolina (9046). I hold a Doctorate in Formational Counseling and Masters' degrees in Clinical Counseling and Spiritual Formation and Leadership. I have been serving in the capacity of a helping professional within the Christian community in a non-clinical setting for over a decade. 

While my clinical work is grounded in science, my faith informs my work as a clinician in important ways. It provides a framework in which all people are accepted by me as valuable and worthy of love. It also provides me with an unshakable hope that human beings are capable of profound growth and change. I approach clinical work from a body-based attachment framework. This means I believe in caring for the whole person, focusing on the intricate interplay between mind, body, and spirit. My work with clients is deeply rooted in the understanding that early attachment experiences are not only imprinted in the mind but also stored in the body, influencing one's relational patterns and emotional responses. Through compassionate exploration, somatic interventions, and embodied practices, we will explore the wonder and mystery of who you are and promote a healing experience that will facilitate a life in which you can experience harmony within yourself and in relationship with others.