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

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

Executive Director

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. She also serves as Dean of Biblical Counseling for Metro Baltimore Seminary.

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 grown children and a lovely daughter-in-law.  She also enjoys reading, hiking, and being outdoors with her family.

Areas of special interest in the counseling realm are marriage and family, , depression/anxiety, relational difficulties, trauma, and spiritual struggles.

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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.


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Esther Smith

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.


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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 a master’s degree in counseling candidate of 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.

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Renee Davis

Renee is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Maryland.  She has the pleasure of serving children, adolescents, and their families.  Renee graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Howard University.  As part of her training, Renee completed a doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Renee is passionate about allowing God to use her in a capacity in which she can address the behavioral and mental health needs of others.  With a rich experience and knowledge of numerous evidence-based clinical orientations, Renee aspires to bring the hope of God to every family that she meets.  Renee has had the privilege of working in schools, nationally recognized children’s hospitals, private practices, and outpatient mental health clinics.  Special areas of interest include anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior, and challenges with family functioning. As a psychologist, Renee is able to offer assessment and evaluation for various concerns parents have related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health issues their children encounter.

Raised on the east coast, Renee is proud to call Maryland her home.  She enjoys exploring new cuisines, staying active in the gym, and spending time with family.


Jordan Brand

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 has advanced training from Texas Christian University’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development .

As a TBRI® practitioner, Jordan aims to support child and adolescent counselees by considering their needs holistically through connection, empowerment and correction principles.

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.

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Dr. Barry Cureton

With over 25 years of pastoral experience, Barry has counseled men, couples and families dealing with a wide range of issues such as communication, conflict resolution, addictions, sexual brokenness , and depression.

Barry has a shepherd’s heart and desires to help people in their struggles. He believes that Biblical truth not only helps us to understand the root issues of our problems but also brings hope and healing to our brokenness through the Gospel.

To that end, Barry seeks to understand by hearing people’s heart and then reflecting on how God’s Word speaks to those struggles. Barry has completed the foundational courses at CCEF and in 2014 received a Doctor of Ministry through Covenant Theological Seminary.   He and his wife Margaret have three young adult children and live in the Baltimore area.

Candice Walker

At certain times of life, everyone needs someone to share their hurts, struggles, and pain. Candice has a passion to walk with teens, and women young and old in the midst of their uncertainty, doubt, or traumatic circumstances. Her desire is to come alongside women and be a bridge to Christ, knowing there is beauty in the ashes.

Candice has a degree Garnder Webb University and is currently obtaining a masters degree from Liberty University in Crisis Response and Trauma Conduct.

Listening to women’s hearts in anxiety, sexual abuse, medical concerns, post traumatic stress, and other complexities while helping them find paths forward into hope is her desire in caring for you.

Candice and her husband have two boys and she loves good food, conversation, and everything orange. She has experienced the power of the gospel at work in her own life and and desires to help others to do the same.