1601 Jones Franklin Road
Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27606

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Bill Venable – MA, MDiv, LPCS


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Experience. Bill Venable has been practicing in Raleigh since 1997. As co-founder and clinical director of LifeCare Counseling and Coaching, he desires LifeCare to be a Christian counseling center where the hearts of clients are transformed at the deepest levels and the training of future counselors is a priority.

Marriage. With a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Bill brings a systemic approach that explores insights of the family we came from and combines it with practical interventions that have proven to be effective in bringing skill buliding and healing to struggling and broken marriages.

Sexual Addiction. Many men, even in the church, are held captive by pornography, affairs and other forms of sexual addiction. With advanced training in this area, he enjoys meeting with men and their wives and helping them along the road to freedom.

Trauma and Brokenness. Bill has a passion to bring healing to those who are fractured and deeply broken in their souls. For those who like to integrate prayer into the therapy room, he likes to use the HeartSync method developed by Andy Miller, LCSW. He also likes to use EMDR.

Other treatment areas include depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative issues, personality and family-of-origin issues, self-image issues, premarital counseling, conflict resolution and communication.

Education. He earned a BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986 and a Masters of Divinity and Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has provided inpatient individual and group counseling, social work, and outpatient therapy with individuals, couples, and families.

Networks. Bill is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and is a Board Certified Christian Counselor on the AACC’s Christian Care Network. He is also on the referral networks for Focus on the Family and New Life Ministries.

Erin Bland, MSW, LCSW


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Erin is a licensed clinical social worker and earned a BA in Social Work from Asbury University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky and completed a program at Focus on the Family Leadership Institute, which included courses in marriage, parenting and theology. Additionally, Erin worked in the field of adoption and family services for over ten years. Erin is known to be empathetic, personable, non-judgmental and genuine in her interactions with clients. Erin empowers individuals to overcome personal obstacles by utilizing evidenced-based interventions while integrating spiritual concepts into therapy.

Areas of interest and expertise include:

  • PTSD, Trauma, Abuse
  • Adoption, Infertility, Miscarriage & Post-Abortion
  • Attachment & Bonding
  • Grief & Loss
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress Management & Life Transition Issues
  • Interpersonal Relationships & Communication

Areas of Training Include:

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention®), Texas Christian University
  • PREPARE ENRICH Certified Counselor for Pre-Marriage Counseling

Erin has daytime and evening hours available. Video sessions available upon request.

Ashley Wright, MA, LPC-A


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Ashley Wright is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She completed her studies at Liberty University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies as well as a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling. Currently, Ashley works with individuals, couples and families through various methods of therapy integrating both Scripture and psychology in-order to help each client make sense of their lives as well as work towards their specific goals and needs.

Her experience and interests include anxiety, depression, betrayal, abuse, anger, grief/loss, identity, women’s issues, parenting, marital growth, communication, and forgiveness. Specifically, Ashley counsels’ individuals who have a family/friend dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition, she works with females who are in a relationship with a person who struggles with sexual addiction of any kind (s). Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and trauma.

Ashley also offers some evening appointments as well as Saturday sessions and online counseling throughout the week in addition to regular daytime hours.

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” Isaiah 43:10

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Emily Freeman, MSW, LCSW


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Emily has worked with families and children for more than 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently practices as an individual and family therapist for both children and adults. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in 2006 where she was a North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholar and member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Emily’s post graduate work focused on children and families. She has experience assessing children and adults for substance abuse, neglect, physical abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, sexual abuse, developmental disabilities, pre-natal/post-partum issues, and parenting. She also has experience with psycho-social assessments, crisis assessment and management. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Substance Abuse Treatment. She uses Cognitive Behavioral interventions with a Family Systems perspective.

Insurance: (In Network) Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina | UBH

Jenny Harris, MSW, LCSW


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Jenny Harris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Bachelor of Social Work from Campbell University (2003) and a Master of Social Work from North Carolina State University (2007). She brings over 10 years of experience working in a variety of settings which include: the school system, various hospitals, community mental health agencies along with private practice. In these roles, she has worked with a diverse population conducting assessments, creating crisis plans, teaching parenting classes and providing ongoing counseling.

As a practitioner client’s often comment on her warm and approachable nature and her high school graduating class awarded her with Best Personality superlative. She most enjoys working with upper elementary age children, girls in their teens and women. The issues she is most suited for helping clients with are depression, fear/anxiety, trauma, cross-cultural stress, women’s issues, life adjustments, sexual abuse and childhood behavioral problems. In her counseling she uses proven therapy models with an emphasis on the application of scripture and prayer to aid each client as they move towards healing, freedom and restoration in Christ and with others.

Jenny has taken full advantage of her membership of the American Association of Christian Counselors by attending various trainings and conferences . She is a lifelong learner and enjoys reading as an additional way to foster professional growth. In addition, Jenny has a very big heart for overseas missions as she served as a missionary in Mexico for almost two years.

“We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul…” Hebrews 6:19a

Jenny se habla Español.

Jerry Lankford – MBA, MACC, MDiv, LPCS


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As co-founder and president of LifeCare Counseling & Coaching, Jerry provides individual, marriage and family counseling in both Raleigh and Abingdon, VA. He works with clients who suffer from mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, drug addiction, sexual addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorder.

Jerry has developed a special interest in the way trauma affects our outlook on life. The small and big hurts we receive throughout our life develop perspectives which translate into powerful forces that produce anxiety, depression, and other negative beliefs that leave us struggling. There are techniques such as inner healing prayer and EMDR that produce remarkable results in only a few sessions. EMDR is a state of the art technique proven to address anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares in those who have experienced trauma.

Jerry is also highly trained in couples counseling. He has completed Gottman Traning through Level 3, which focuses on a research-based study of more than 3,000 couples. They empirically determined what is needed for successful relationships. Jerry is also completing training in Emotionally Focus Couples Therapy. This model looks at our attachment needs and how those needs develop into unhealthy patterns called Demon Dialogues to produce the conflict that destroys our intimacy. By learning to recognized those patterns and our needs we can achieve a new intimacy that we have lost hope in ever having again.

With degrees from Vanderbilt, Purdue, Duke and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and experience leading within multi-national corporations, Jerry is a life-long learner and is uniquely qualified to provide business coaching and career counseling to fellow Christians. Jerry spent more than 26 years as a senior level manager with international experience in software and hardware engineering as well as research and development leadership. Jerry is founder of Corporate Grace, a CEO Roundtable for Christian Business Owners. He has additional professional training in leadership development, negotiating, and integrity leadership.

Kathleen Hamby, MS, LMFT


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What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Her graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy was completed at East Carolina University.

Kathleen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working with couples, families, and individuals. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and couples counseling.

Kathleen approaches therapy with the belief that, regardless of diagnoses or similarities to others, all clients have an individual story. She enjoys assisting clients in exploring how that story is impacting their current world view, as well as how each individual can utilize these unique experiences and strengths to overcome their current struggles.

Kathleen is available for evening and weekend appointments.

April Miller – MACC, LPC


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April holds a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received Gordon-Conwell’s prestigious Division of Ministry Award in Clinical Counseling. She enjoys using a scriptural lens in working with transition in life issues, identity formation, anxiety, depression, communication and conflict resolution, forgiveness, and marital growth.

During the last 17 years, April’s ministry experience has included Associate Campus Director with Campus Crusade for Christ, overseas missions work for a year and a half, and church ministry at Capital City Christian Church.

April is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina.

Vanessa Kent, LMFT, LPCS, NCC


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Vanessa Kent, LMFT, LPCS, NCC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a licensed professional counselor and AMMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is in the process completing her doctorate degree at Regent University in the spring of 2018, integrating faith, counseling, and supervision practices. Vanessa’s dissertation research included mentoring women to strengthen their identity as professionals and mothers.

Vanessa works with adults in individual, marital and family therapy. She also provides ADHD assessments in adults and children. She specializes in:

  • Life transitions such as pre-marital, divorce recovery, parenting, and adoption;
  • Life challenges such as anxiety, depression, conflicted relationships, losses, and trauma;
  • Women’s issues including life changes, sexual abuse and physical violence, and partner betrayal through sexual addiction, substance abuse, or infidelity.

She uses multiple researched approaches that combine attachment theory and neuroscience including Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families (EFT), Gottman Couple’s Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) for adoptive families.

She enjoys integrating theology and spirituality into the psychological practice when preferred by clients. She believes clients have resiliency and are capable of growing and healing in the context of safe, empathic relationships that address the cognitive, physical and spiritual qualities of the person. She is passionate about helping women discover their voices and find beauty for ashes.

She has been married for 25 years and has three children.

Locations: Raleigh, online

Isaiah 61: 1-3: He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives…to comfort all who mourn…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

Carolyn Ballantine – MD


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Since the brain is an organ like any other in the body, specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, Dr. Carolyn Ballantine prescribes medications when needed and works with the team of therapists at LifeCare so that together, we can address the whole person.

Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state. Similarly, therapy can also allow us to more clearly map out a spiritual path and help us maintain an active relationship with God. The body, part of the physical world and subject to disease and illness, may require healing through specialized treatment and medicine. When specialized treatment and medicine are required, Dr. Ballantine carefully monitors each individual, ensuring dignity and healing are promoted and protected.

Dr. Ballantine received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and medical degree from Vanderbilt University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Duke University. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been practicing general adult psychiatry since 2003.

Jeremy George, MA, LPCA


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Building upon 18 years of professional youth ministry and pastoral experience, I have accumulated more than one year clinical experience while practicing as an intern at Life Care Counseling and Coaching in Raleigh, NC. As such, I have a wealth of professional and practical experience to offer adolescents and families in a clinical setting. I have recently graduated from Wake Forest University with a Master of the Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health. I happy to announce that I am now a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA) in the state of North Carolina.

Nothing gives me more joy or energy than deeply connecting with other human beings. I cherish the privilege to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. I have a unique penchant for working with those who are grieving, or have been bereaved as well as those who are disabled.

My deepest conviction is that true healing only takes place in the presence of Jesus and is the result of the direct work of the Holy Spirit. There is no substitute. Another of my deepest convictions is that all people, regardless of their race, creed, ethnicity, culture, abilities, limitations or socio-economic status possess an inherent dignity that deserves my full attention and respect.

“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.” – Psalm 18:6


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