The staff at Pleasant Avenue Family Counseling is diverse and experienced, each specializing in a different area … including marriage counseling, family counseling, life issues, relationships and children’s counseling (through Play Therapy), etc. Meet our staff!
It’s a privilege to be “invited” into one’s personal life. I never take that for granted. My task is to understand and appreciate how the individual is interpreting what is happening to them and to walk with them through their journey. Along the way we are in the process of figuring what can help to make that journey easier and less conflicted.
In the past 30+ years I’ve learned more in my office than I did in the classroom. Hearing and seeing the pain in others’ lives has been like attending graduate school … every day! Good people, who make solid decisions and then suffer … How is anyone supposed to answer that question? So what do I do with that type of situation? How can I possibly minister to that person’s heart? By trying as best I can to get beside that person’s experience, to understand it, to reflect it, and not judge it or minimize it, but simply hear it and how it has affected life for the person. Then, maybe, just maybe, once I can get a clearer understanding and the individual feels safe enough, we might be able to generate options for how to continue from there.
What is Christian Counseling?
It is a focused attempt at aligning the soul of the individual with the heart of God; to give up the need for control and accept God’s offer of help. The soul learns ways of living life without God. Christian counseling touches the soul, allowing the individual to experience the freedom of releasing the pain of having tried to do life all by themselves.
Bev Conant – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor (RPT/S)MA Counseling, Liberty University 1990
Bev began doing lay counseling in 1982. She works with children, adolescents and adults – 50% of her caseload is children. Her style is client-centered. She asks questions that challenge individuals to seek resolution within themselves. Her faith based value system assists her to guide clients toward using their own faith in difficult life situations.
Bev’s style in working with children is child-directed. Through play therapy she allows children to experience a greater sense of empowerment and self esteem. Bev is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and an RPT supervisor. She is married to Dick, another therapist with Pleasant Avenue Family Counseling. She enjoys catering, cooking, backpacking, reading and loving on her six grandchildren.
Chad is licensed in Maine as an LCPC-C (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor-Conditional). He grew up and attended school in the Seacoast area. He taught at a preschool and daycare for 10 years. For the past five years, he has been working with families facing a wide variety of difficulties in the field of education and social service. His areas of expertise include cooperative parenting, relationships, marriage counseling, father development, behavior management, career counseling, anxiety management, blended families, anger issues, grief counseling, child development, and accessing community supports. His approach to counseling could best be described as warm and encouraging.
Chad seeks to assist people as they develop goals, identify challenges, and make choices through a non-judgmental, encouraging relationship. He draws upon skills and techniques from a variety of approaches including systems theory, cognitive/behavioral theory, developmental theory and many others.
At the center of his family counseling is God’s word and the healing that can be experienced through a growing relationship with Him. Chad believes that all of the theories of psychology only serve to affirm our deep need for God’s love and for His daily involvement in our lives.
Chad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Christian Bible College and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Liberty University.
In addition to his professional experience, Chad is the father of twin sons and has been married for 18 years to his loving wife Linda.