Counselors

J. Michael Blackston, M.A.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Michael BlackstonMichael has a passion to help others find wholeness in all aspects of life. Through his relational, yet practical approach, he specializes in trauma and abuse recovery, relationship issues, and gender and sexuality issues. Michael also works with men dealing with sexual integrity issues and travels the country with New Life Ministries where he leads men’s groups and has served as a facilitator for the Every Man’s Battle workshops. In addition, he has been trained in EMDR, which treats past disturbing events or hurts that continue to impact a person’s functioning. Michael is a Qualified Supervisor for those seeking licensure as mental health counselors in the state of Florida.

Michael graduated with his Master’s degree in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary.  He has also completed an Advanced Counseling Certificate under Dan Allender where he was trained on the utilization of trauma-focused narrative therapy with survivors of abuse. He and his wife Rachel feel honored to work alongside each other in helping others find freedom in their lives. He enjoys reading, spending time with his family and friends, and participating in half-marathons and marathons.

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Rachel Blackston, M.A., M. Ed.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Rachel BlackstonRachel considers the counseling room a sacred space. She has had the honor of counseling since 2005 and believes it can be a life-changing process for clients where deep heart change occurs. She specializes in working with women with a history of trauma and abuse as well as those struggling with infertility and sexual betrayal. Rachel is trained in EMDR, an evidenced-based therapy that helps clients recover from past disturbing events which continue to impact their mind and body. She is a Qualified Supervisor and provides supervision for mental health counseling interns.

Outside of counseling, Rachel serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary and writes regularly for the blog Red Tent Living. She enjoys speaking in the community on topics such as the Knowing your Story, Sexuality, Attachment, Calling and the Enneagram. Rachel’s deepest joy is found in being in the presence of her husband, Michael and their three daughters, who are priceless gifts after several years of infertility. Among her closest friends, Rachel is known for her love of deep connection, the darkest chocolate and boldest coffee she can find and a competitive game of Catchphrase or Apples to Apples.

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Dave Stelling, M.A.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Dave StellingDave brings almost 30 years of experience in campus ministry, human resources and counseling. He is passionate about premarital and marriage counseling. In addition to his specialty in couples counseling, Dave enjoys working with individuals of all ages who are wrestling with relational problems, anxiety and depression. Dave integrates a client’s faith into his practice and has been trained by Larry Crabb at his School of Spiritual Direction. He is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which shares similarities with other eye-movement therapies and has shown to produce effective and safe results in treating anxiety, depression, phobias, grief and trauma.

After serving as Director of Athletes in Action at University of Florida and Campus Director at Southern Mississippi University, Dave decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife Doreen met on Cru staff. They have three adult children, two great sons-in-law and grandchildren on the way! In his free time, Dave enjoys playing tennis, basketball, racquetball and traveling.

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Kristina Curry, M.A.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kristina CurryKristina’s passion for counseling comes from the redemption she has experienced walking through her own shattered dreams. Kristina has a deep desire to walk alongside people as they navigate their disappointments and struggles and search for hope in a world that can seem dark. She is committed to providing a safe and trusting environment where her clients are seen and accepted. Kristina has experience in working with clients working through trauma, abuse, grief, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, spiritual concerns, relationship issues, and family of origin issues. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and couples.

Kristina graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She is originally from Alabama (Roll Tide!) and enjoys running, drinking coffee, and connecting with her friends and family. Kristina and her husband recently had a baby girl who has become their deepest joy.

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Sarah Born, M.A.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Sarah BornSarah is trained in a relational style of counseling and uses a variety of theoretical approaches tailored to the uniqueness of each client’s personality and circumstance. Sarah is passionate about providing a comfortable and safe environment that enables individuals to feel welcomed and accepted. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Sarah works with a variety of issues including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and relationship conflict.

Sarah graduated with her Master’s degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She loves life and embraces the adventures of each new day. In her free time, she enjoys playing outside with her dog, cooking with her husband or enjoying a day at the beach with friends.

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Amy Shiver, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Amy ShiverAmy is passionate about helping individuals find hope, healing and restoration. She brings over 13 years of experience working in youth and women’s ministry to her counseling practice. Amy has worked with children and young adults with ADHD and high functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome as well as behavioral issues. Her focus is working with adolescents, women and men who struggle with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, with a special interest in life transitions. Amy utilizes an integrative theoretical approach to counseling, depending on each individual’s circumstances and needs.

Amy earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of West Georgia. Her husband and best friend, Jason, is a pastor and they have enjoyed serving in ministry together for the last 17 years. They love partnering to raise their three adventurous, lively children! Amy is an avid reader, a sports fanatic and enjoys traveling and exploring new places.

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Gaye Butler, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Gaye Color Bio Gaye understands that we are all confronted with life transitions, relational struggles, and personal suffering at some time in our lives. She is deeply committed to helping people to address relationship problems, make sense of difficult moments and events, and gain a greater sense of peace and hope. Gaye enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. She has experience with the issues of parenting, relational difficulty, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, codependency, life transitions, grief, trauma, and internal conflict. Her desire is to provide a respectful, safe, and compassionate environment for her clients.

Gaye graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological having returned to school after many years dedicated to raising her five daughters and two sons with her husband of 35 years and participating in ministry in her local church. She enjoys speaking in the community on topics related to parenting, marriage, and personal development. Gaye loves any activity that includes friends, but is particularly fond of travel, shows about zombies, quilting, and a good glass of wine.

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Ashleigh Boyle, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

DSC_4143-Edit 2 Ashleigh is passionate about helping individuals and families discover a deeper sense of who they are. She enjoys coming alongside her clients and offering hope and healing in places where they feel stuck. Ashleigh creates a strong connection with her clients which she believes is foundational for facilitating growth and change. She enjoys working with individuals dealing with relational struggles, burnout, trauma, sexual issues, anxiety, and depression.

After serving in ministry in California for nearly ten years, Ashleigh earned her M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary.  While the west coast feels like home, she is finding joy and adventure in exploring the Orlando area and discovering the best places to sip on a warm cup of coffee, and as a foodie, the best non-chain restaurants.
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Heather Vaughn, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Heather VaughnHeather believes that healing starts with establishing a safe place to explore buried emotions and hidden thoughts where honesty and vulnerability open the door to growth and change. Heather helps her clients discover and name their dignity as they excavate the true self behind their defenses and coping styles. She is motivated by the concept of neuroplasticity, the belief that our brains can actually change and grow through the therapeutic process. Heather is trained in EMDR, an evidence-based therapy used to treat trauma. She specializes in working with clients who struggle with trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, ministry burnout, transition and parenting. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, children and families.

Heather brings 20 years of experience in overseas missions and church ministry to the counseling room. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Heather understands the joys and struggles of marriage and parenting. She delights in her husband of over 22 years and together they have four amazing children. She loves playing games with her family, walking her dogs, admiring spectacular Florida sunsets, and feeling the sand beneath her feet.

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Lauren Dyches, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Lauren comes alive when she helps her clients discover their God-given worth and identity. She creates a safe space where each client feels accepted while pursuing emotional, physical, and spiritual wholeness. Lauren experienced significant childhood trauma and is familiar with the way trauma impacts our hearts, bodies, minds and intimate relationships. She has also experienced meaningful healing through counseling and believes freedom comes through being known, loved and accepted within a healthy relationship. Lauren is called to work with clients struggling through hopelessness, shame, abuse, anxiety, burnout, trauma, depression, and family and relational issues.

Originally from the Chicago area, Lauren received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa. After graduation, she moved to Miami and worked for a campus ministry with Hispanic and Latino students for ten years. Lauren feels a sense of home within Hispanic and Latino culture and has a deep love for working cross-culturally. Lauren met her husband in Miami before moving to Orlando to obtain a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She misses Chicago style pizza and still cheers for the Iowa Hawkeyes. She enjoys lifting weights, watching 90’s movies, and spending time with her husband and son.

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Shannon Witt, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Shannon has a passion to walk with her clients in places where suffering and brokenness have left their mark, leaving them isolated, ashamed, and without hope. Her deepest desire is to create a safe space where her clients will be welcomed and wanted. Through her own counseling journey, Shannon knows it takes a lot of courage to trust a therapist and explore one’s own story. She has experienced deep healing and restoration through the counseling process herself. Shannon is committed to creating a trusting therapeutic relationship where anxiety, depression, shame, relational problems, struggles with spirituality, life transition, ministry burnout, loss, body image issues, and the impact of trauma can be brought into the light and explored.

Shannon brings 10 years of experience to Redeemer where she mentored college women through a campus ministry. She has a unique calling to meet with women recovering from body image issues, trauma, and ministry burnout. She is also dedicated to working with couples seeking a deeper connection. Shannon graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Shannon is originally from Detroit, MI and has lived in Orlando for the past 8 years. She enjoys spending time with her adventurous hubby Logan and her daughter Noelle. When she’s not in the counseling room, you can find her running, hiking, knee deep in a DIY project, or singing her heart to Jesus.

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