Christian Counseling: A Holistic Approach – Counselors and Coaches in Lynchburg

At Thriveworks Lynchburg Christian Counseling, we believe that therapy should deal with the whole person — your biological, psychological, social and spiritual self. Essentially what that makes you, you.

You are not just your physical form. You are not simply the thoughts in your head.

You are also a person with a connection to a greater community. You are also a person with deeper considerations about what it means to be alive, what it means to be human, what it means to have the gift of consciousness — and those considerations often inform how you live.

To focus on one area of your life while ignoring how it interplays with all others, would be to ignore major insights into what makes you the way you are, and those insights are what will help you grow into a happier, more fulfilled version of yourself.

We want to help you approach whatever you’re going through, whether it’s a problem at school, trouble at home, a difficult relationship, depression, addiction or anxiety, and analyze those experiences in light of your faith.

What is Christian Counseling?

faith-inclusive counseling, religious counseling, christian counselingWhat we do is not Christian counseling in the sense of pastoral counseling, which is when a trained member of the clergy (or a counseling professional with in-depth ministry/theological training) provides therapy services.

This Christian counseling we provide is more about addressing your life issues and opportunities in relation to YOUR faith. Our Christian counselors are believers, yes, but they don’t believe it is their job, nor in your best interest, to evangelize or push their interpretation of the Bible on you.

Your first session


When you first come in for an appointment, you fill out an intake form that contains the following question:

”What is your religious background/involvement?”

We want to talk about what you want to talk about, what’s important to you and how those things interact with your daily life, career and relationships. If faith in Christ is part of that conversation, then we will incorporate it into our sessions:

For example:

  • What insights does your faith offer about the particular issue your struggling with?
  • What does scripture say?
  • How does what you believe align with your actions?

[NOTE: If you’re not a Christian (e.g., Muslim, Jewish, Christian, atheist, agnostic, etc.) but still would like your beliefs incorporated into your sessions, that’s great! Even if your clinician doesn’t share your worldview, he or she will still be well-equipped to talk to you about your life in relation to your faith from a place of mutual respect — and with the goal of improving your well being.]

Your therapy sessions are about YOU and your thoughts and experiences. Our therapists will work with you in understanding what it means to find congruence between your faith and the way you live your life.

Appointments Available within 24 Hours

We believe that everyone can benefit from counseling and coaching, no matter what their gender, religion, orientation or age, and that the sooner you begin experiencing therapy’s benefits, the better.

That’s why, when you call us for a session, you won’t reach a voicemail but an actual person who will schedule your first appointment for the same week, if not within 24 hours, and you’ll be able to get started on the path to change.

Also, to make counseling even more accessible, we accept many insurance providers, and have available session times that fit your schedule. And through our subscriber program, you can also have phone and email access to your counselor, along with other benefits.

You can change. You can thrive. We can help. Call us today at 434-528-3268.

Jeanie Felty
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Jeanie Felty, LPC

Jeanie Felty is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia with a B.S degree in psychology from Frostburg State University and a M.A. degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She enjoyed working with outpatient community mental health centers and partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient mental health programs before moving to Thriveworks in 2018. Jeanie is an Adoption Competent Counselor and has received training in Crisis Response & Trauma and Christian Counseling.

She has a special interest in Maternal Mental Health, having completed the PSI and 2020 MOM Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training.

Jeanie offers a wide range of therapy strategies while respecting every client’s unique needs and goals as the foundation of a successful counseling experience. She typically uses an eclectic approach to counseling often including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused brief therapy, narrative therapy, family-systems therapy, and person-centered therapy.

Jeanie commonly works with Young Adults and Adults in the areas of:
• General Adjustment and Stress-related Disorders
• Post-Partum Disorders
• Foster and Adoption Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Trauma and Abuse
• Life Changes and Occupational Stress Issues
• Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorders
• Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
• Personality Disorders

Kelly Bonebright
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Kelly Bonebright, LPC

Kelly was born in Lynchburg Virginia and raised in Southern California but has been back east in this area since the early 90s. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with over a decade of experience across many different settings consisting of inpatient, outpatient, intensive in-home, university, mental health agency work.

Kelly graduated from Liberty University with his PhD in professional counseling in January 2013; and has taught graduate students in group therapy skills and individual therapy techniques. Kelly tends to be eclectic in his counseling approach, employing CBT, person centered, reality therapy, trauma informed therapy, and other effective emotional/behavioral therapies that develop an effective therapeutic relationship.

Kelly enjoys working with individuals/couples in, but not limited to, the areas of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • PTSD
  • Divorce
  • Grief and loss
  • Spiritual identity
  • Trauma
  • Life transitions
  • Adjustment disorder’s
  • Mood disorders
  • Marriage/couple counseling
  • Chronic mental illness

Kelly seeks to assist all his clients in achieving internal peace, focus and adaptability to all of life‘s struggles and achieving one’s life goals.

Sarah Justice
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Sarah Hardee, LPC, CSAC

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Sarah has provided mental health services to clients for the past 5 years with various populations and in various settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families in the school setting, adults in substance use treatment and groups, and adults struggling to cope with life stressors, mental health symptoms, grief, and relationship issues.

Sarah believes counseling is an important part of life, which can help individuals or couples cope with life stressors or difficulties as well as mental health disorders and symptoms. She believes that many times individuals have the answers they need and that therapy can help them work through and cope with difficulties or pain. She believes on operating therapy based on the values of the individuals she sees. Sarah has an eclectic approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals work through negative thought patterns, mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help with perspective and coping in life, and other techniques that work well in understanding a person’s story and their personal goals in life such as Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

Sarah has called Lynchburg home for the past 10 years and loves the mountain views and foliage of the area. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her husband and dog George, hiking on the parkway, and attending community events.

Some of her specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Women's issues
  • Couples/marriage therapy
  • Substance use disorders
  • Integrating faith into therapy.
Chad Steele
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Chad Steele, LPC

I have worked in the mental health field for over a decade now, with the past four years of experience as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I have worked as an outpatient counselor, a counselor on an inpatient psychiatric unit, a counselor in a residential treatment center, and as a conductor of autism assessments (using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule). I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings.
I also have interests in our community, as I regularly volunteer in my church as well as with the YMCA as a youth sports coach.

I especially enjoy working with clients struggling with:

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Anger Management
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Grief & Loss
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
Kimberly Plourde
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cigna Telehealth
  • Highmark
  • Magellan Commercial
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • PCHP
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Kimberly Plourde, LCSW

We are all impacted by traumatic events or serious life stressors, which can make us stronger. Kimberly has a desire to help people find the strength and joy that can come through healing the wounds from those events. Kimberly enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. She brings a warm and friendly approach to this very important process.

Kimberly has been working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2006, and draws from experience in the fields of mental health and child welfare. She has been trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral treatment as well as motivational interviewing skills.

She received a Masters degree in social work from University of New England and a Bachelors degree in social work from Gordon College.
Kimberly is a member with ASWIS (Alliance of Social Worker in Sport) since 2020 : as well as being listed in the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Mental Health Registry since 2020.

She has a history of participating in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics as a player and coach. Kimberly played in professional athletics (WNFL) as well as senior Olympics. She has also worked with college and Olympic athletes assisting them to improve their personal lives and positively improve their athletic performance.

Bryan Prinzivalli
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield/Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Cigna
  • Compsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan Commercial
  • Multi Plan
  • PCHP
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Bryan John Prinzivalli, LPC, LMFT

Bryan has over a decade of experience in the mental health profession. Since obtaining his professional license in VA in April 2014, he has worked in clinical settings to assist children, adolescents, adults, and couples with finding the clinical support and healing needed to move beyond past experiences.

Bryan’s areas of specialty include ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, ODD, Conduct Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. I enjoy working with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families to help clients make lasting change take place both in the child and the family dynamics.

Bryan worked in out-patient counseling, school based and after-school counseling programs, residential settings, and community-based mental health. He studied at Davis College in Johnson City, NY and received a Bachelor of Religious Education in Christian Ministries. He continued his education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Family Dynamics
  • Christian Counseling
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