Meet our counselors.  For appointments, please call the Life Counseling Center at 443-419-3884.


Eliza HuieEliza Huie, Assistant Director and counselor at Life Counseling Center

Director of Counseling

Eliza Huie is an experienced counselor serving both individuals and couples. She has advanced certificate training from the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She has a Masters in Counseling from Biblical Seminary and holds a graduate license in counseling. She is a counsel board member and a contributing writer for the Biblical Counseling Coalition and is a leader of the DC Metro Biblical Counselors.

Understanding and experiencing God’s redeeming grace for change is her motivation for counseling. Her years of experience in the counseling room have established her confidence that God is able to bring hope to even the darkest situations. Besides working with married couples, Eliza also works with individuals for one-on-one counseling.

Eliza is married to her husband, Ken, and they have three children in their late teens and early twenties.  She also enjoys reading, hiking, and being outdoors with her family.

Areas of special interest in the counseling realm are marriage and family, pre-marital counseling, depression/anxiety, relational difficulties, sexual brokenness, and spiritual struggles.

Email: eliza.huie@chapelgate.org
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Rich Starsoneck
CounselorRich Starsoneck, Director and counselor at Life Counseling Center

Rich served as the director of counseling for over 25 years. He successfully brought oversight to Rebuilders, a ministry to those who are separated, divorced, or parenting alone. His interests in the counseling realm include marriage and family counseling, grief, loss, and men’s issues. He enjoys understanding people and seeing their lives and hearts change. He sees the importance of entering into a person’s world and helping individuals or couples think biblically about their situation instead of having their thinking controlled by experience, emotion, and cultural norms.

Rich has studied at both Chesapeake and Westminster Seminary, has advanced counseling certificates from CCEF, and is a mediator with the MCRC with an emphasis in restorative dialogue.

Rich married his wife Kathy in 1985, has a grown daughter, Laura, and owns 2 whippets.  Playing and listening to music, reading, and road cycling are a few of his personal interests.

Email: rstarsoneck@chapelgate.org

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Jessica Shen

Counselor

 

Jessica holds her Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Children and Families from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Jessica is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical.

She has additional training through Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She has worked as a school based therapist in Baltimore County since 2014, in addition to participating in both outpatient and family preservation services.

Jessica loves her local church where she serves as a counselor, organizes a mentoring ministry, directs a summer camp, and leads women’s and children’s groups. She enjoys spending time with her friends and eating fried food outdoors.

Her interests/experience include working with children, teens, young adults, attention, anxiety, anger, and loss.

Email: jshen@chapelgate.org
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View More: http://resphotography.pass.us/counseling-center-headshotsAlison Spiegel
Counselor
After twenty-five years as a wife, mother, and software engineer, Alison was moved to enter the world of biblical counseling. She pursued formal training from the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and holds all three of their counseling certificates. She is now working toward a master’s degree in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Her passion is to help people know God more personally, engage with Him more intimately, and find help and hope in the deep truths of His living word.

Alison has experience walking with those who struggle with marital or other relational difficulties, sexual brokenness, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and other spiritual struggles, in the context of both individual and marriage counseling. She desires to help people express their emotions redemptively and communicate effectively.

Alison is very involved in her local church where she leads Bible studies, counsels and disciples women, helps to promote one-on-one mentoring, and participates in jail ministry. She is married to Pete and they have four young-adult children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching British crime dramas.

Email: aspiegel@chapelgate.org
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Esther Smith
Counselor

Esther has an MA in Professional Counseling and a certificate in biblical counseling through CCEF. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and accepts Medicaid insurance.

Esther has five years of experience in both biblical and clinical counseling settings. She has worked in several outpatient mental health clinics where she gained experience counseling adults with severe mental illness. Many of her counselees have chronic mental or medical conditions, and she is passionate about helping people learn how to live with long-term diagnoses and difficult life situations.

Esther lives near Baltimore with her husband, Ian. She enjoys reading, writing about counseling, cooking new recipes, and spending time with family and friends.

Areas of interest and experience include chronic pain and illness, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, addiction, and grief.

Email: esmith@chapelgate.org

 


Jordan Brand
Counselor

Every person has a story, and so often our stories feel fragmented, confusing, and messy. Jordan feels passionate about the hope that counseling offers through the invitation to be heard and known in the context of a safe and trusted relationship. Her desire to walk with you in the midst of your pain, to help you makes sense of your story, and experience the healing hope of Christ.

Jordan has a masters degree in counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing licensure as a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC). She enjoys working with children, adolescents, families, and female adults as they face issues with anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, shame, grief, and spiritual struggles.

She is also pursuing advanced training from Texas Christian University’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development this Fall. She plans to become certified in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) in order to help children who struggle with fear-based behaviors due to trauma.

Jordan recently moved to Baltimore with her husband where you will most often find them running outside and exploring the city. She also enjoys reading, yoga, and trying out new recipes.

Email: jordan.brand@chapelgate.org
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Bruce Adams

Lay Counselor

(For more information about our informal lay counseling please contact: Email: lccadmin@chapelgate.org)

Bruce Adams is an elder at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church. He has completed the Foundations of Biblical Counseling Certificate at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF).  He enjoys walking along side people in their struggles, helping them to find healing, renewal, and peace in Jesus. Bruce is an executive committee board member for United Marriage Encounter and also serves as a Men’s Step Group Leader at Celebrate Recovery. He is married to Janet and they have three married children and three grandchildren.

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