Melissa is a Mental Health Practitioner specializing in Christian Counseling and Christian Life Coaching.
Melissa specializes is helping individuals and couples find freedom from physical, emotional, relational and spiritual trauma as well as those struggling with anxiety, depression, marital issues, divorce and life change. Melissa also specializes in Christian Life Coaching and Executive Life Coaching through a Christian Lens.
Melissa incorporates her Christian faith and biblical principles and believes that all healing comes from God and through the work of the Holy Spirit. Melissa is also a Licensed Natural Health Practitioner, licensed and ordained pastor and hosts weekend Christian Wellness Retreats with her team of therapists and Certified Prayer Counselors.
Kelli Bachara, MA, LPCC
Christian Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Kelli is a licensed professional clinical counselor and obtained a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Kelli has experience working with adolescents and adults of all ages. Specifically, Kelli feels called to work with teens and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues and spiritual issues.
Kelli uses a variety of counseling techniques including CBT and EMDR. Kelli’s hope is that Jesus uses her as a tool to reach those who are struggling and bring restoration into their lives. Kelli understands that no matter where someone is in life, they are never out of God’s reach and He can heal and transform anyone who surrenders their heart to Him.
Dr. Jean Wagner, LMFT
Jean Wagner’s life experiences have given her a passion to minister to and support those who are navigating through the complexities of life as they adjust from one season of life to another, both personally and professionally. This passion led her to complete a doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and becoming licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist. As a counselor and coach, Jean specializes in premarital, marital, remarriage, and stepfamily dynamics. Jean has worked with couples and families for over 20 years in marriage ministry, both on church staff and as a lay leader. Jean also earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University which, in addition to her varied work experience, lends to her ability to consult systemically on special projects. She offers a unique perspective blending her Christian faith, systemic lens, marriage and family therapy training, and teaching experience, along with her ministry experience to coach, counsel, and consult. Jean is trained in DBT (Dialetical Behavior Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy). She utilizes the PREPARE/ENRICH Assessment in her work with couples and Harrison Assessments for those seeking answers about next steps on their career path. Jean also integrates StrengthFinders into her work. Her top five Strengths are: Positivity, Learner, Activator, Responsibility, and Includer. Jean’s hope is that people may be encouraged in their unique journeys to make healthy and God-honoring choices with their personal and professional relationships and goals.
Karissa Neff, MSW LCSW
Christian Licensed Social Worker
Karissa is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her degree from North Central University and the University of St. Thomas. Karissa spent two years on the mission field with Youth with A Mission Orlando and experienced working with all different types of people during this time. Through this experience, Karissa developed a passion for working with teens and adults experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression and spiritual struggles. Karissa uses numerous therapy modalities in her work including Narrative, CBT and Interpersonal therapy. Karissa is also currently being trained by Elijah House to become a prayer counselor. Karissa’s hope is that she can help facilitate an environment that will point her clients to the wonder of who Jesus is. Karissa believes that Jesus has freedom for everyone and that he loves to meet people in times of trouble and show them who he says that they are.
Kris Moe, MA, LSC
Kris has a passion to work with men who are struggling with the worldly issues that interfere with walking the straight path that God commands them to follow. He has a heart to extend God’s healing, grace and forgiveness to those he works with and his purpose is to guide those struggling in anxiety, depression, addiction and men’s issues to a place of peace and freedom.
Kris has 27 years of experience as a licensed school counselor working with adolescents and 6 years as a Christian counselor, working with teens and men. He is trained in healing prayer through Elijah House and has CBT certification. He is currently pursuing a certification through AACC to be a Life Recovery Coach to help those dealing with addiction.
The Stories of Success
Melissa is an amazing annointed Christian counselor that I trust and highly admire!
She puts God at the center not only with her work but also her family. She speaks truth and is not afraid to be transparent with others.
Her staff and other counselors at LWCC are also wonderful!
Theresa Pool Anderson
Blessed by Melissa immensely. Grateful for her annointed love and support.
Melissa did in 4 sessions what a myriad of other therapists couldn’t achieve over the course of 10 years. Through God’s guidance, she relayed that I was holding onto unforgiveness. I could not move forward until I dealt with that. What happened next was truly amazing as layers of self-protection broke free from around my heart. I found the capacity to forgive others not just from my head but from my heart as well. I also found that I could truly love, not just my close family and friends but strangers as well. Everyone. I felt complete God given joy and I still do.
The Holy Spirit flows through Melissa and I thoroughly recommend her to anyone who needs clarity, who is feeling broken, anxious, or trod upon. She is warm, empathetic, and highly skilled as a counselor.
God, Family, Self-Love, Diversity, Natural Health + Kingdom Mindset are few core value of mine!