From a young age, Charis had an interest in people and
in the life-changing power of relationship. Her own involvement
in person-to-person transformation has included work experience
as a homeless shelter co-director, school counselor, non-profit admin=
-istrator,educator,and pastor's wife.
Charis received her bachelor's degree from Asbury University and her master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. With interests in both psychology and theology, she also took counseling classes at Asbury Theological Seminary to complete her licensure. Charis is a member of the American Counseling Association and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a certified School Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA).
As a counselor, Charis is theoretically oriented towards relational psychodynamic therapy, which emphasizes the whole person by reviewing experiences with attachment and development, acknowledging current physical and emotional expression, and utilizing interpersonal neurobiology. Charis uses evidence-based interventions in counseling and adapts them to meet individual clients' needs and preferences.
Before Kentucky became home, Charis was raised in central Pennsylvania and also lived overseas in Zambia and Honduras. Her love for people is extended to all cultural and faith backgrounds, and she offers both secular and Christian faith-based counseling. Charis provides counseling to children, adolescents, young adults, and couples.
Outside of work, Charis spends time with her husband (of fifteen years) and daughter. She enjoys reading fantasy fiction, eating delicious food, dreaming of traveling, hearing people's life stories, and thrift shopping.