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. 


Connie Brown, M.Ed., MSW, 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, Connie@RPCounseling.org


Suzanne Causey, MA, LCMHC-A, NCC
(Telehealth Only)

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, Suzanne@RPCounseling.org


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 in the state of North Carolina (license #14938) 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, Holden@RPCounseling.org


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, Hope@RPCounseling.org


Meredith Koontz, Counselor Intern

Meredith Koontz is a clinical mental health intern at RPC and a graduate student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte working toward a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling. She received a Bachelor of Science in History, Secondary Education and a minor in Philosophy and Religion from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Meredith has experience working with a range of ages, including adolescents and young adults, in educational, professional, and volunteer settings. She is seeking to gain more experience working with individuals desiring to address areas including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, transitional life phases, trauma, and grief. She uses an integrated approach to counseling with Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy as her foundational modality.

In keeping with her theoretical model, Meredith believes in the importance of establishing therapeutic relationships based on respect, trust, and unconditional positive regard. She adheres to the biblical teaching that everyone is created in the image of God and deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion (Genesis 1-2). Her view is that the counselor’s role is to be a conduit of God’s love and comforting presence through the act of coming alongside clients as they walk together through their pain and various life challenges. She believes God is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Her perspective is that people often experience the nearness of God through the people who are present with them in the midst of their suffering. Her desire is to foster a safe environment for clients to process and explore their emotional, relational, and spiritual landscapes. While Meredith’s Christian faith is at the core of her identity as a counselor, she would never impose her personally held beliefs on her clients. Instead, Meredith seeks to meet clients wherever they are in their own journey, whether that includes faith and spirituality, or none at all.

Meredith is originally from Western North Carolina and enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family. Her mountain heritage has developed in her a deep appreciation for the healing beauty found in the natural world. Some of her favorite pastimes include reading, journaling, and daydreaming with a cup of coffee.

336-542-2060 ext. 114, Meredith@RPCounseling.org


Elizabeth (Liz) Newton, MA, LCMHC, LCAS

Liz Newton is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina (#10585) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in North Carolina (#22551). Liz obtained her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA; as well as her Bachelor’s Degrees in Bible Theology and Christian Counseling from Carolina University (formerly John Wesley College). 

Liz’s clinical experience includes but is not limited to working with individuals around increasing coping skills, addressing anxiety, grief / loss, stress management, developing and maintaining healthy boundaries, and past trauma. Liz is an eclectic counselor and utilizes a variety of therapies, depending on the client’s needs, such as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills, Motivational Interviewing (MI); as well as being basic level trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Liz counsels from a Biblical Worldview and is comfortable bringing in scripture and prayer upon client’s request.  

Liz is originally from Ohio, but has loved living in North Carolina. Liz is married, and has 2 wonderful daughters. Liz and her family greatly enjoy spending time as a family, attending church, and being active in the local Down syndrome community.  

336-542-2060 ext. 119, Liz@RPCounseling.org


Rachael Parente, MS, LCMHCA, NCC

Rachael Parente is a native of Greensboro, NC and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. She worked in Sports Marketing for five years before changing careers out of an earnest desire to impact the lives of others. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC-G and is currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate ( #A14966).
 
Rachael works with adult clients who have a number of presenting concerns including anxiety, trauma, spirituality/faith concerns, relationship issues, stress management, and life adjustments. She utilizes techniques from many theoretical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered therapy, and solution-focused brief therapy as the client presents with specific needs.
 
As a Christian Counselor, Rachael believes that true healing comes from the Lord through the work of the Holy Spirit. She views clients and their needs through a Biblical lens and believes counseling is an instrument of God’s healing. Rachael will always meet a client where they are spiritually and will let the client decide how, and if, spirituality will be incorporated into therapy.
 
In her free time, Rachael is active in her church and enjoys traveling, visiting coffee shops, playing board games, and reading books.  

336-542-2060 ext. 105, Rachael@RPCounseling.org


Ashley Rabon, Counselor Intern

Ashley Rabon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Clemson University. After graduating, she completed the Fellows Program in Winston Salem, NC. She is currently at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary working towards a Masters in Christian Counseling. She plans to graduate in Spring of 2023. Ashley enjoys backpacking, running, spending time with friends and family, and going on walks.

Ashley uses an integrated counseling approach. She primarily utilizes Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with clients.

Ashley has internship experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, substance use, and trauma. Ashley is working on her EMDR certification this fall.

Ashley is dependent upon Christ in her work with clients. Ashley integrates spirituality into counseling work if desired by the client, but she will not impose her faith or her beliefs on clients.

336-542-2060 ext. 113, Ashley@RPCounseling.org


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, Beth@RPCounseling.org


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 (#14749) 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 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, Casey@RPCounseling.org