Restoring dignity, virtue and honor to girls and women through affordable and professional Christian counseling

Clinical Staff

Email addresses and phone extensions are provided for current clients only. If you need to schedule a FIRST-TIME appointment, please contact our Intake Coordinator at 336.542.2060 ext. 109. 

Dr. Robert B. Shaw, Jr.

Robert Boyd Shaw, Jr. is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS), in North Carolina, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia. He is also an ordained minister, who served as a youth pastor, Christian education director, adult education director, musician, and executive pastor in churches in New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, and in North Carolina, for over twenty-five years. Dr. Shaw has been a middle school and high school teacher and an athletic coach in both the public and private school environments. His diverse background comes from many years of counseling in church settings, private and community agencies, and counseling military personnel and their families near Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and he is currently a Military One Source (MOS) provider. Dr. Shaw specializes in trauma related issues; addictions; and victims of abuse, depression, anxiety disorders, couples, life adjustment issues, loss and grief, counseling church leaders and pastors, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Shaw’s educational background begins with a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Wagner College, New York, where he attended on a partial athletic scholarship in track and field, and a Master of Divinity degree from Christian International Theological School, Florida, as well as a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University, Virginia and a Doctor of Ministry degree in formational counseling, a practical theology, from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio. He also served as the Credentialing Board Director and Continuing Education Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).  Dr. Shaw is an adjunct professor for undergraduate psychology students and for master’s degree professional counseling and pastoral counseling students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, since 2012, and an adjunct instructor for Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.  He also taught at the University of Mount Olive, North Carolina, and remains an active clinician in private practice.

Dr. Shaw is a sought after conference speaker, including several times in the Philippines, and he has published several books, identifying and dealing with human core longings and desires from a biblical, mental health, and clinical perspectives, called the “Created for” series, and they are available through his website,, or through Amazon.

Dr. Shaw and his wife, Lorinda, a registered nurse and nursing supervisor, have been married since 1978, and have raised five children together. They have twelve grandchildren. He enjoys running, 5K races, sports, the beach, and spending time with family. 

Desiree G. Briggs, MA, LCMHC

Desirée Briggs was born and raised in Washington, DC. Desirée earned a BS in Business Management with Concentrations in Music & Theater from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She earned an MA in Professional Counseling and an MA in Discipleship Ministries, both from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina.

Desirée’s counseling experience includes working with individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, ADHD, anger issues , crisis counseling, stress management, women’s issues, spiritual issues, life transitions and balance, relationship & marital issues, and group counseling. Biblical principles, prayer and music are commonly integrated in her therapy. Desirée uses an eclectic approach but primarily leans toward a Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) approach to therapy along with Motivational Interviewing (MI) and some Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) skills and Brainspotting (BSP) skills.  She also enjoys helping Clients to understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lens of the Enneagram.

Desirée enjoys counseling because of her heart to serve others and to help make a difference by providing understanding about what keeps us bound, stagnated and afraid; and to motivate others to live an authentic and purpose filled life. Desirée endeavors to support families/couples and individuals by providing a safe place to explore thoughts and feelings and to practice skills taught for the betterment of your personal development and interpersonal relationships. She uses the gifts of wisdom, prayer, and discernment; while filtering everything through the word of God. Desirée is thrilled to be a part of the Restoration Place Counseling Staff, a place where she can participate in a community of supportive and encouraging believers while allowing God to freely use her to serve His people.

Desirée is married to her husband Donta Briggs and has one young son.  Together with her husband, she serves in her church in the Media Department.  Her leisure activities include reading, writing, puzzles, photography and social media management.336-542-2060 ext. 115,

Connie Brown, MS, LCSWA

Connie Brown received a Bachelor’s degree in 1992 in Social Work from Bennett College and a Master of Science in Education (M.Ed.) in 2004, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, both in Greensboro, NC. Most recently, Connie received a Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons University, Boston, MA. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate (License #P015325).

Ms. Brown has experience treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, and anger management. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has over 20 years of experience working in both the mental health and social work fields, with many years of training related to trauma and crisis experiences.

Connie enjoys working with adolescents (ages 13-17) and individual adults (age 18 and over). Her primary therapeutic method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which looks at how your beliefs, feelings and self-talk influence your behaviors. In addition to CBT, I use Solution-Focused Therapy, empowering individuals to focus on current and future solutions while identifying goals and resources for a strengths-based approach to enhancing their quality of life.

As a Christian/biblical counselor, Connie is committed to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, seeking to look at human problems from the perspective of God’s Word. She holds to the belief that God is the One who changes people and sees herself only as an instrument in the hands of the One who can create change superior to anything a counselor or counselee could ask or imagine. 336-542-2060 ext. 111,

Suzanne Causey, MA, LCMHC-A, NCC

Suzanne Causey is from the Piedmont area and is happy to call NC home. She earned a BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University and holds a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She is passionate about God’s heart to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3) through Christ’s restorative work on the cross. In her work as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHC-A), she desires to help live out God’s mission on this side of Heaven.

Suzanne utilizes an integrative counseling approach through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-centered therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Brainspotting to help achieve client goals. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and enjoys working with women who struggle with identity issues, faith concerns, grief, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. She believes reliance on the Holy Spirit is key in the counseling process and that Spiritual disciplines such as prayer, reading scripture, fasting, etc. can also help bring healing in the therapeutic process. Suzanne desires for counseling to be a safe place for clients and empowers clients to drive their own growth.

Outside of RPC, Suzanne is involved in her church small group, loves hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities, travel, and spending time with family and friends and her dog, Finn.

336-542-2060 ext. 106,

Holden Ehlinger, MS, LCMHC, NCC

Holden Ehlinger earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management and Society from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina (license #A14938) and a National Certified Counselor (#1232244). Holden’s areas of experience include but are not limited to working with individuals struggling with grief/loss, identity issues, family of origin, depression, boundaries, guilt/shame, and anxiety.

Holden believes that as persons become more aware of their own story (history), thoughts, behaviors, emotions and beliefs, they have increased ability to face challenges and overcome difficulty more successfully. Her goal is to work collaboratively with her clients to help them find alternatives to address the challenges that they face. Holden utilizes a blended approach, including but not limited to aspects of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, mindfulness, and person-centered lenses. She seeks to work with her clients, taking into consideration their strengths and needs, in order to create a collaborative and holistic therapeutic approach.  She is honored by the opportunity to sit across from her clients and hold parts of their stories in order to promote healing and growth.

Holden believes spirituality can be a powerful vehicle for healing. She feels strongly about incorporating a Christ-centered perspective in a way that brings healing to the client, but does not simplify or diminish their experience. Holden will always meet a client where she is spiritually and will never impose her beliefs on a client.
336-542-2060 ext. 116,

Hope Howard, LMFT-A

Hope Howard received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy both from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) in the state of North Carolina (license #2297A). Hope’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, family and relational issues, parenting skills, anxiety, depression, stress management, phase of life issues and couples counseling.

Hope believes in a client-centered approach, which means clients set the goals of therapy while the counselor chooses the best interventions to help clients achieve their goals. Hope sees each client and family through a Family Systems Theory lens, meaning each person is emotionally and relationally impacted by the people in their family unit, whether they are present in therapy or not. In therapy, Hope will help you explore how your closest relationships impact the way you understand yourself and relate to others. She believes having an opportunity to share your story and gain a greater understanding of your emotions in a safe, non-judgmental setting can have a profound impact in the healing process. 

Hope believes that people experience positive change through restorative relationships and the ultimate example of that is through having a relationship with God. She considers being a therapist an honor and a true calling from God and desires for each person and family she meets with to experience what it is like to feel known and loved regardless of their struggles. Hope is passionate about blending the knowledge of Psychology and the truth of Scripture to more deeply understand God as the Creator of both. However, she feels clients should have the ability to decide how much faith and spirituality is integrated into their therapeutic experience. 

Hope is married and lives with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being involved in her church, reading, watching sports with her husband, running and going on road trips.

336-542-2060 ext. 118,

Elizabeth (Liz) Newton, MA, LCMHC, LCAS

Liz Newton earned a Bachelors Degree in Bible Theology and Christian Counseling from John Wesley College in High Point, NC, and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#10585) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists (#22551) in North Carolina. Liz is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC).

Liz has experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with depression, anxiety, bipolar, marital issues, substance use, and adjustment to various life experiences, as well as personality disorders. Liz takes an eclectic approach to counseling, which often includes, but is not limited to cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and solution-focused brief therapy; as well as offering counseling from a biblical worldview. Liz is trained in the use of Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and in DBT skills; however, her approach in therapy will depend on the unique needs of her clients and their personal goals for therapy.
336-542-2060 ext. 119,

Sheri Peachey, MA, LCMHC, NCC

Sheri Peachey earned a BS in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and an MA in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (# 5134) in North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor (#209154). Sheri has 17 years of counseling experience.

Sheri’s clinical experience includes individual, couples, and family therapy and providing pre-marital counseling using Prepare and Enrich. In addition, she enjoys facilitating “Boundaries” and “Codependency” groups, or working with individuals struggling in these areas. She has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is an intervention utilized to treat trauma and other counseling related issues. Sheri also has concentrated training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. She is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association and American Association of Christian Counselors.

Sheri takes an eclectic approach to people’s problems. She utilizes aspects of cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral, or solution-focused therapy, depending on the unique presenting problem of each client. Additionally, Sheri utilizes a Christ-centered biblical approach in helping a person to become fully developed in all aspects of life. However, Sheri will always meet a client where she is spiritually and will never impose her beliefs on a client.
336-542-2060 ext. 105,

Ebonie Potter, MA, NADD-DDS, LCMHCA

Ebonie Potter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is also a Competency Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist and Certified Life Coach in the areas of Marriage, Finance and Wellness. Ebonie has worked in the Mental Health field for the last 15 years serving the following populations: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury); children and adolescents facing adverse life challenges as well as ADHD and ODD; and adults with various mental health diagnosis including anxiety, depression, PTSD and adjustment disorder.  I have also conducted group, family and individual counseling sessions.

Ebonie’s approach to therapy is a person-centered collaboration. In addition to utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Ms. Potter will also bring authenticity, relatability, empathy, compassion and humor to the counseling room. She believes in treating the total person: bio, psycho, social and spiritual.  Together, Ebonie and her client will work to combine the principles of Christian Faith and Psychology to impact and improve the client’s overall mental health, relationships and life.

336-542-2060 ext. 114,

Beth Watkins, MA, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC

Beth received a BA in psychology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and a MA in pastoral counseling at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (#14358) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (#LCAS-A-24211) in the state of North Carolina. Her counseling expertise includes the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, Autism, substance abuse, grief, and adjustment.

Beth utilizes a holistic approach to working with her clients. She strives to establish and maintain a counseling relationship characterized by respect and collaboration. Therapy provides a safe and supportive place to process and discover new insights. She is passionate about working with couples, singles, and adolescents who are adjusting to life’s challenges, need a little help meeting their life goals, or just want to develop spiritually. Beth also provides substance abuse and addiction counseling. She uses a cognitive behavioral approach and has experience using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

As a Christian counselor, Beth conducts her counseling from a Biblical perspective where Christ provides the healing. She relies on the Holy Spirit to lead the session through the therapeutic relationship. Of course, she will meet each client where she is spiritually and will only include spiritual components at the client’s level of comfort.

336-542-2060 ext. 107,

Casey T. West, MA, LCMHC

Casey West earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A14749) in North Carolina.

Casey has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with trauma, anxiety, depression, body image/self-esteem, anger management, problematic behaviors, and stress management. Casey uses an integrated approach to counseling depending on the specific needs of the client. She is currently in the process of becoming certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the School-Aged Child (both group and family models).

Casey believes that true healing comes from the Lord, and it is her desire to be His instrument to assist girls and women in their journey of healing. She provides counseling from a Biblical perspective to help others grow in all areas of their lives and to be able to find fulfillment and joy. However, Casey wants the client to feel comfortable and will not ever impose personal views or beliefs on a client.  336-542-2060 ext. 108,