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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

James Fry, MA, LMHC

Founder and Director
Counselor and Psychotherapist 

Mark Wesner

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." 

"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."

Namhee Shepelew

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."

"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." 

"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.”

Tye Gibbs
Wade Warden

“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.”

Susan Bennett

“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..”

“I strive to serve in helping those I work with by having intentional and purposeful dialogue. I am gifted in being able to discern and see the bigger picture while sharing wise insight through the power of God’s manual. I enjoy taking the time to get to know, listen, and understand my clients from a holistic perspective.  Most importantly, I enjoy the journey of guiding my clients towards self-fulfillment which in return is fulfilling for me.  Allow me to serve you!  It would be my honor and privilege to help you accomplish your counseling or coaching goals and support you in your search for a sense of belonging, improved self-love, self-esteem, and self-fulfillment.”
Rusty Smith

"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.

Joy Grussling

Joy Grussling

MA Candidate, Liberty University
Under Master's Level Supervision

“As a counselor, my goal is to offer a safe place for my clients to open and share the pain and struggles in their lives. I come alongside them to empower and lead them to the ultimate healer all our wounds, Jesus Christ. As a counselor, I engage with my clients as they tell their stories and integrate psychological techniques with Godly wisdom, scripture, and prayer, if my clients desire and when appropriate. I am committed to helping my clients heal their past and present hurts from relational, physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuses that have happened in their lives. As 2 Corinthians 1:4 (TPT) says, “He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us.”

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“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.”

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