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Professional and affordable clinical counseling

A LITTLE ABOUT US

The Well Counseling Center offers affordable and professional counseling from a Christian worldview in the Fresno/Clovis area. Benefits from counseling may include a marked improvement in your overall quality of life, practical solutions to everyday concerns, resolved conflict between you and others, understanding past experiences and how they impact you today, and gaining a new perspective on life events. Counseling will take some work on your part, but most people get as much out of it as they put in.

  • FEE SCHEDULE

  • Practicum Students
    $40 per 50-minute session
  • Registered Associate
    $60 per 50-minute session
  • Licensed Counselor (MFT/LCSW)
    $100 per 50-minute session

OUR DIRECTOR

Wendi Mooney
Wendi Mooney, LMFT
Wendi Mooney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who graduated from Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary with a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. She enjoys working with individuals both men and women, couples, families and adolescents. She works with depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, grief/loss, life transitions and trauma. She has been in full-time Christian ministry for the past 20 years in the pastoral care setting, has been married for 36 years, and is a mother of two. Her clinical approach integrates Biblical truth with the field of psychology, with an understanding that each individual is shaped by one’s experiences, both past and present and our significant life relationships affect our sense of self and ability to relate to others.

OUR LICENSED COUNSELORS

Laura Spera
Laura Spera, LMFT
Laura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Science in Counseling for Marriage and Family Therapy at Fresno State University. As a seasoned therapist she has helped people find healing and wholeness through personal growth and illumination. She has worked with individuals, couples, families and children for over a decade. Her experience includes helping those who suffer from addictions, depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, grief, trauma, domestic violence and relationships issues. Laura’s approach to therapy works from Rogerian psychotherapy helping people find authenticity, wholeness, restoration, self- acceptance and meaning in their lives. She’s passionate about helping individuals discover how their life story and experiences impact them and their world view.
Rebecca Orchard
Rebecca Orchard, LMFT

Rebecca Orchard is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her training at Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary. Her experience includes over 15 years working with children as a Certified Child Life Specialist and Children's Ministry Director before becoming a therapist. She specializes in helping children build coping skills, process grief, understand their emotions and develop positive self-esteem, while assisting parents to help them be successful with their children.

Rebecca also has a heart for those experiencing grief, stress and loss, specifically in the areas of infertility, miscarriage and career stress. She strives for her practice to be a safe place where clients can experience peace (Philippians 4:7) through the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Her hope is for each person to discover resiliency skills to live their preferred life story with confidence and grace.

Megan Velo
Megan Velo, LMFT

Megan Velo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and from Fresno State with a Master of Science in Counseling for Marriage and Family Therapy. Megan's counseling background is diverse and extensive. Prior to beginning her work at the Well Counseling Center, She worked with a foster care agency providing counseling for children in intensive treatment foster care. She also served three years working in Sanger Unified as a counselor on the C.A.R.E. Mental Health Team. While working for Sanger Unified, she provided individual and family counseling to students with intensive behavioral and mental health concerns. Megan also provided weekly parent trainings and support groups for teen parents. She is passionate about working with children, teens, and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and relational issues. Megan feels that by integrating faith with therapy, the client can work on themselves as a whole person. She views the relationship between the client and therapist as a mutual, respectful relationship that is built on trust and communication.

Ben Carr
Ben Carr, LMFT
Ben Carr is a Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist who obtained his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He has experience working with young children, couples, and adults, and is strongly motivated to help people identify and understand their personal strengths. Ben places a strong focus on conveying genuine acceptance, respect and empathy toward others, and intentionally works to recognize the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs of each person. Ben also values the opportunity to integrate faith discussion in the counseling process, and actively investigates scriptural wisdom with those who wish to more deeply understand the Bible’s applicability in their own lives. He believes this holistic approach to counseling empowers people to recognize their own capabilities and experience genuine personal healing, and offers greater understanding of Christ's impact in their lives.

OUR REGISTERED ASSOCIATES

Nicole Eckhardt
Nicole Eckhardt,
Registered Associate PCC

Nicole Eckhardt is a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She has a specialization in Military Culture and Military Families, and it is her desire to give back to those who serve or have served our country and their families. Nicole also has experience working with young adults completing their high school education in their early 20s due to substance abuse, young parenthood, gang affiliation, incarceration, foster care, domestic violence, poverty, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or difficulty with anger, grief and crisis. She has a special place in her heart for women and couples struggling with infertility, and couples considering adoption.

Nicole believes her own life experiences and knowledge can be beneficial to fostering a healthy therapeutic relationship built on understanding and trust. She values providing a safe environment where each person feels respected, accepted and understood. She also values helping others learn to take care of themselves emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially. Her passion is to help individuals, couples and families find peace, healing and self-acceptance. Nicole believes integrating faith and counseling can strengthen the healing process; however, she understands and respects that this is a personal choice made by each person she works with. She and her husband have been married since December 2005.

Nicki Trevino
Nicki Trevino,
Registered Associate MFT

Nicki is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Fresno. Nicki has experience working with both adults and children in a variety of settings and has spent time working with students in both public and private schools at elementary and college levels. She has familiarity in working with addictions, depression, anxiety, family issues, life transitions, and many other challenges. She has a heart for working with children, young adults, and women. Nicki is passionate about meeting people where they are and helping them understand more about themselves from an empathetic perspective. With a Christian educational background, she creates an environment that integrates faith in counseling with respect to each client’s unique spiritual journey. Nicki works to foster insight, patience, and self-worth in her clients, and believes that these skills are essential for growth and well-being. She believes that cultivating these characteristics in a safe and caring environment leads to the power within each client to discover what is ultimately best for them.

Aurora Hernandez
Aurora Hernandez,
Registered Associate MFT

Aurora Hernandez is a bilingual Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) who received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Azusa Pacific University. As an attachment based therapist, Aurora believes that healing can be obtained when clients are provided with a safe space in which they can freely process their emotions related to previous attachment injuries. In addition, Aurora welcomes clients to incorporate their Spirituality in session as she believes in the power of restoration. Aurora believes that when clients walk through their healing journey, they are able to discover who they are in Christ. As a result, clients are able to live authentic and meaningful lives. Lastly, Aurora has had the opportunity to work with various populations such as adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. Aurora’s clinical background experience also includes working with clients who have experienced a wide variety of clinical concerns such as Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief, problems in parent-child relationships, familial problems, relational problems and mood disorders.

*Hablo Español.

Brittany Jenkins
Brittany Jenkins,
Registered Associate MFT

Brittany Jenkins is a Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist Associate who graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from University of Phoenix. She has been involved in a variety of ministries in the Central Valley, including serving incarcerated women at the Madera County Jail through Celebrate Recovery as well as serving teens in youth ministry at Clovis Christian Church. Prior to working at The Well Counseling Center, Brittany was a part of Rape Counseling Center of Fresno, where she received experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and provided support to survivors of sexual assault of all ages. She has also worked with Fresno Pacific University’s On-site Counseling Program, where she provided individual and group therapy to students who participated in Special Education services and were identified as having emotional disturbances.

Brittany has a passion for working with those experiencing trauma, depression, and anxiety, as well as working with children, and she has a heart for meeting people where they are at and supporting them in getting where they are trying to go. She works to see each person’s unique circumstance with empathy and respect, and is passionate about allowing individuals to have a safe environment in which they can develop positive self-value and tell their story. Brittany strives to gracefully challenge clients to promote insights that are essential for growth as they continue or start their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jennifer Cisneros
Jennifer Cisneros,
Registered Associate MFT

Jennifer Cisneros is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist who trained at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Jennifer believes in the transformational power of Christ through counseling and therapy. She takes a holistic approach, exploring all aspects of a person’s life, including childhood development, past, and current relationships. Jennifer has a heart for working with individuals and families who struggle with various addictions, particularly women and mothers. She also has experience working with those going through life transitions, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Jennifer takes a relational approach to therapy, believing that healing occurs through relationships with others, beginning with an accepting, empathetic therapeutic relationship. She also strives to meet people where they are and help them develop into more of who they hope to be. Jennifer has a passion for learning and can often be found reading books on a wide variety of topics. She has been married since 1998 and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons, and friends.

Taelor Wells
Taelor Wells,
Registered Associate MFT

Taelor is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University, Fresno and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Taelor’s previous clinical experience includes working with dually diagnosed incarcerated adolescents and their families, victims of crime, college students, and adults with substance use disorders. She has implemented elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and compassion-focused therapy to treat a wide variety of disorders and relational issues. In addition, Taelor has demonstrated her passion for young adult populations through her experience conducting research on student-athletes and survivors of intimate partner violence. She has also served as a leader in the Christ-centered 12-step recovery program, Re:Generation and as a volunteer with Every Neighborhood Partnership ministering to underserved children in Fresno.

As a person of faith, Taelor enjoys walking alongside individuals on their own faith journey as they navigate life’s challenges. She believes in the therapeutic relationship as a team effort in which the therapist empowers clients to create meaning and positive change in their lives. Using humor and empathic understanding, she works to help clients overcome the shame and distorted thinking surrounding their difficulties wherever they are in their recovery.

OUR TRAINEES

Alissa Niles
Alissa Niles,
MFT Trainee

Alissa Niles is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, currently working toward her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Alissa is a Fresno native who has a passion for seeing the individuals in her city and community thrive. She strives to create a safe space for her clients to process their emotions and experiences. She approaches the therapeutic relationship with respect, empathy, and warmth. She finds meaning in working with young adults to build coping skills, healthy boundaries, insight, and awareness to live purposeful and authentic lives. Alissa welcomes clients to integrate their faith into therapy and believes that spirituality is a powerful aspect of the healing process. She has a heart for young women who are experiencing trauma, relational issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, or life transitions.

  • LMFT = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • MFT = Marriage and Family Therapist
  • PCC = Professional Clinical Counselor

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • DOES THE WELL COMMUNITY CHURCH OFFER PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES?

    Our Counseling Center is a professional, clinical counseling center, and our staff is comprised of credentialed mental health professionals.

  • WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUNDS OF YOUR COUNSELORS?

    We have Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapists. All counselors have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Counseling. We also have a Master’s level Mediation/Conflict Coach who can provide pastoral pre-marital counseling and spiritual guidance.

  • WHAT IS CHRISTIAN COUNSELING?

    Christian counseling combines professional counseling techniques and Scriptural principles in a unique approach to mental health issues.

  • ARE ALL OF YOUR COUNSELORS CHRISTIAN?

    All counselors acknowledge personal faith in Jesus Christ; they do not all attend The Well.

  • DO I HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO USE YOUR SERVICES?

    Our services are available to everyone. We are a Christian-based counseling center. Our approach to therapy is to meet people wherever they are in all areas of their lives.

  • HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
  • MAY I CHOOSE MY OWN COUNSELOR?

    You may request a particular counselor. Your preference will be honored if your presenting issue is within their treatment area, and if your counselor of choice has available appointment times.

  • HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT TO SEE SOMEONE?

    Generally, your appointment will be within a week of your initial call. The time varies for each counselor.

  • WHAT IF I HAVE A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY?

    Call 9-1-1 or your local police department.

  • HOW MUCH DOES COUNSELING COST?

    Our Counseling Center fees for professional services are lower than those of other mental health practices in the area. Specific fee information can be found on our Counseling Center page and will be provided when you call for an appointment.

  • WILL MY VISITS BE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

    Since policies and benefits vary greatly, we do not bill insurance. Clients are responsible for charges which are payable at the time services are rendered. Payment can be made by cash, check (checks are made payable to The Well) or by debit/credit card.

  • HOW LONG DOES COUNSELING TAKE?

    The length of treatment depends on many factors. It is primarily determined by the nature of the issue(s) and the motivation of the client.

  • WHO DO YOUR COUNSELORS WORK WITH?

    Services are provided for individuals, couples, families, infants, children and adolescents.

  • WHAT KINDS OF ISSUES DO YOUR COUNSELORS WORK WITH?

    Counselors are trained in many areas including marriage conflict, marriage enrichment, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, childhood trauma, pastoral counseling, infant mental health, play therapy, grief, domestic violence, spiritual abuse, sexual addictions, women’s issues and life transitions. If you have questions about these issues or others call 559.325.8600.

  • IS IT SAFE TO MAKE AN ONLINE PAYMENT?

    Yes. In many ways, paying online is safer than writing a check because an electronic payment cannot be lost or stolen. Fellowship One continually manages the security of the system.

  • HOW WILL I KNOW THAT I SET UP MY PAYMENT CORRECTLY?

    Immediately after submitting your payment, you will receive an email verifying your payment.

  • I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ONLINE PAYMENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. WHO CAN I TALK TO?

    For any questions, concerns or comments about online payments, contact wendi@thewellcommunity.org. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

CONTACT US


Call us to make an appointment
(559) 325-8600

The Well Counseling Center
7080 N Whitney Ave Ste 102
Fresno, CA 93720