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.
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 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.
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 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.
Laura Laningham is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Laura desires to work with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children to explore perceptions, inter-personal relationships and attachment issues. She understands that past relationships, culture, and family systems influence and shape one’s identity and current relationships. Her clinical skills offer ways of seeing one’s past experiences and patterns of relating as opportunities for change, growth and transformation. She regards the therapeutic relationship to be one of trust, empathy, respect, and validation.
Laura has a heart for those who find themselves in life transitions: single adults, newlyweds, new parents, single parent’s, college age adults, empty nester’s or anyone that feels overwhelmed with balancing life. She offers counseling for depression, anxiety, grief, loss, child-parent issues, and self-improvement. Her clinical approach is relational, integrative, strength based and emotionally focused. Laura believes that health and wellness flow from an integrative approach to all aspects of humanity. Faith is an important part of her integration. She offers any opportunity to explore doubt and pain with spirituality and respects client’s exactly where they are at on their faith journey. Her goal is to walk alongside people helping them become truly authentic, connected, and fulfilled.
Bryanna Nesemann is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently completing her Master of Science in Counseling for Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Fresno State. Bryanna has been an active member of The Well Community Church, serving in youth ministry, overseas missions, and various ministries. Her experience includes working with youth in clinical, school, and youth ministry settings. Prior to beginning her work at The Well Counseling Center, she worked at Fresno Family Counseling Center, providing individual and couples counseling as well as anger management and nurturing parenting classes. She has also served the homeless young adult population as an onsite counselor at EOC.
With a passion for working with children, adolescents and individuals walking through anxiety, depression, trauma, family issues, life transitions and other challenges, Bryanna has a therapeutic approach that is warm and inviting, focusing on person-centered therapy through the integration of emotionally focused therapy. She believes in integrating faith into counseling by meeting each person where they are in their spiritual journey, and cultivating a client and therapist relationship that is built on respect and trust by facilitating a sacred space to walk alongside others in their healing journey.
Our Counseling Center is a professional, clinical counseling center, and our staff is comprised of credentialed mental health professionals.
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.
Christian counseling combines professional counseling techniques and Scriptural principles in a unique approach to mental health issues.
All counselors acknowledge personal faith in Jesus Christ; they do not all attend The Well.
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.
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.
Generally, your appointment will be within a week of your initial call. The time varies for each counselor.
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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.
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.
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.
Services are provided for individuals, couples, families, infants, children and adolescents.
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.
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