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


Rich Starsoneck, Director and counselor at Life Counseling CenterRich Starsoneck
Director of Counseling
For over 25 years, Rich has brought oversight to Rebuilders, a ministry to those who are separated, divorced, or parenting alone. Rich is also the director of our counseling center. 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, is certified in Marriage and Family Counseling through 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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Eliza Huie, Assistant Director and counselor at Life Counseling CenterEliza Huie
Counselor
Eliza Huie is an experienced marriage and family counselor. She has completed three levels of certificate training from the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She is currently working on completing her Masters in Counseling in the Graduate School of Counseling at Biblical Seminary. She is also a contributing writer for the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

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, addiction, and relational and sexual brokenness.

Email: eliza.huie@chapelgate.org
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Tonya Cherry, counselor at Life Counseling CenterTonya Cherry
Counselor
Tonya holds her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Maryland and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in residential settings and in a therapeutic school for six years before being called into ministry. She has recently taken part in CCEF Biblical counseling classes and has counseled in a church environment for the past 14 years with children, parents, teens, and young adults.

Tonya and her husband of 22 years, Joe, have teenage boy/girl twins. She spends her free time driving to Pennsylvania to visit her kids at college.  She loves working as a school counselor for Chapelgate Christian Academy, and is excited to be starting a ministry for special needs kids.

Her interests/experience include children, teens, young adults, divorce, transitions, anxiety, self-image and grief.

Email: tonya.cherry@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 asked the Lord to give her a vision for life after homeschooling. He answered by introducing her to the world of biblical counseling. She pursued formal training in counseling from the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and has completed all three of their counseling certificates. Her passion is to help people know God more personally, engage with Him more intimately, and find help and hope in His living word.

Alison is very involved in her local church where she has led Bible studies, counseled and discipled women, and participated in jail ministry. She is married to Pete and they have four young-adult children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching British crime dramas, and making jewelry.

Alison has experience walking with those who struggle with anxiety and depression, sexual brokenness, marital difficulties, grief and loss, and fractured relationships, in the context of both individual and marriage counseling.

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
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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 graduate social worker.

She has additional training through Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She has three years of experience working as a school based therapist in Baltimore County, 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, 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, and loss.

Email: jshen@chapelgate.org

 



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