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Our Staff

Life Coaching and Counseling Centers

Here at Life Coaching and Counseling Centers you will find a diverse group of highly trained counselors and therapists. Each member of our staff brings a unique range of skills that help us serve our clients to the best of our ability. Scheduling and availability varies with each counselor. 


Below you will find a photo, brief introduction, and contact information for each counselor. Continue to their personal information page to learn more about them and the areas they specialize in.


All of our counselors hold a Master's Degree or Doctorate in mental health or Christian counseling and are licensed by the state or are being supervised by a licensed counselor.


James Fry, MA, LMHC
Founder and Director
Counselor and Psychotherapist 

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Mark Wesner, MA
Intern under Supervision

"My goal is to assist Southwest Florida churches as well as individual Christians or Christian families to live healthy lives.  My desire is for children, adolescents and adults to reach their fullest potential by living lives that are relationally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually healthy." 

Namhee Shepelew, MS, Ed. SC
Registered Mental Health 
      Counselor Intern

"Whether you need to resolve emotional, mental, or spiritual wounds, to search for a new path for your future, or to find meaning for your life, my goal is to empower individuals, couples, children and adolescents, by exploring unused potentials to self-discovery, freedom, and healing."

Adell Claypool, MMusEd, MSPR

"Although most of my professional experience has been in the teaching field, music was only a tool to reach students’ inner self and help them discern their own infinite possibilities, inspiring hope, trust, and appreciation for God’s leading in their lives.  It is my effort in counseling to continue this goal, bringing each counselee to the point where he/she recognizes God’s desire for their lives as well.”

"I have served in the pastoral ministry over many years, during which time I have counseled single adults, engaged and married couples, parents, young people, and senior adults needing emotional and spiritual healing in their lives and families. God has wired me as a 'heart to heart' guy who loves to hear people’s stories and be used by Him to help them find guidance to navigate through their life challenges."

Brenda Gonzalez, LCSW

"My goal as a counselor is to help individuals and families to

reach their potential and satisfaction in life and also learn ways

to cope with daily stressors and unexpected circumstances in life

through professional counseling and therapy skills. I would like the

opportunity to help you work through the issues that are causing

pain. I believe that it is possible to find solutions to your problems

and move on in life." 

Adriana Franceschini, MA, LMHC
Melinda Means, BA, CPLC

"Maybe you're restless or feel stagnant, but don't know how to move forward. You have goals and dreams, but you don't know how to achieve them. Challenging life circumstances, lack of focus or direction and/or internal or spiritual barriers are holding you back. My heart and desire is to come alongside you and help you discover how to move past obstacles and walk fully in your unique God-given purpose and potential."

"My goal is to bring a genuine, caring and comfortable approach to counseling.  I truly understand the importance of empowering individuals and families to overcome personal obstacles caused by unexpected life events. It is an honor and a privilege to work in a profession that I truly love and feel passionate about. Each of my clients allows me to walk with them in their journey of positive change, healing and self-empowerment."

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Rusty Smith, MBA
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Heather Proctor, MA, LMHC

"I have been in sales, leadership and consulting positions for companies ranging from those with revenue of $10M to start-up companies.  I can provide you, the business owner, an executive, and your entire staff with Life Coaching to set a path for success.  

I also provide Business Consulting for companies during the early phases of startup to established businesses that need to review, evaluate, and modify their current business practices or explore opportunities to expand the scope of their business and increase their profitability.

"I have an extensive personal library and have read many religious books over the years.  I enjoy integrating principles from the Bible and Christian books into counseling sessions.  I have an appreciation for Gary Chapman books on the Five Love Languages and The Other Side of Love: Handling Anger in a Godly Way, Kevin Leman's books on the effects of Birth Order on personality and relationships, and James Dobson's books such as Love Must Be Tough for those facing rejection in relationships.  I desire to help persons understand the core reason for their distress and feel that they can navigate life's challenges and have hope for a happier future."

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Kim Senger, MSW, AACC, ISW
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Patricia Senger, MSW, PhD

“I have extensive training and experience in providing counseling and life coaching to couples, adults, and youth.  My areas of expertise include treating those struggling with addictions, working with male clients who may not have had experience working with a male counselor before, and couples’ counseling incorporating, as needed, powerful Christian resources. I also have extensive Christian Coaching experience working with church leaders to successfully navigate the stressors and challenges inherent in ministry and work/life balance.”

"I have a strong background in couples’ counseling incorporating, as needed, powerful Christian resources.  I have extensive experience providing spiritually focused counseling on grief and loss and am a trained facilitator in Grief Share, a spiritually focused grief and loss group offered at New Day Christian Church."

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Wade Warden, MA, RMHCI

“Are you curious about counseling, but the stigma associated with it keeps you from making an appointment? Does everyone think you’re a rock, yet inside, you feel like you’re crumbling under the pressure of the expectations and demands of others or yourself? You are the reason I chose counseling as my personal ministry and professional career. Together, we will tap into resources you may never thought were available so that you develop the coping skills you need. Break the bonds of distress and get back to living life to the fullest! The journey can be challenging but well worth it.”

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Susan Bennett, MA, RMHCI

“When life feels too much and you seem to be going down the wrong path, it’s time to take a look at your compass. It’s time to make a course correction. My goal and passion for my work in counseling and therapy is to help clients make sense of their life story. Noticing what direction you are headed and why you are headed that way is a first crucial step. This is where the journey toward a healthier life begins. I work with adults and teens who want to make this life course correction..”

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Alyssa Short MSW, RCSWI

"With nearly a decade of experience in the areas of child abuse prevention, suicide intervention, crisis response, and mental health training, my goal is to equip adolescents, teenagers and parents with the necessary tools to live lives aligned with Christ. I believe through intentional and consistent therapy, children can gain the necessary tools to lead full and successful lives."

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Main: 941-916-2222



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