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Our Staff

 

Roger Shepherd, LMHC,MA,MA (Director)

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Roger has been working with people for over 45 years.  He spent the first 20 years discipling and mentoring while serving on staff with the Navigators and Discipleship Ministries.  At age 39 he went back to school and earned his second Masters degree. In December 1989, Roger founded Florida Counseling Foundation.

Since 1995, he has been supervising counseling students part time at Reformed Theological Seminary and Registered Interns who are working toward licensure.  He loves working with couples and families.  He has been married to Carol for 45 years and they have five children and six grandchildren.


Dan Miller

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Dan Miller is a native Floridian from the west coast of Florida and has lived in the Orlando area for 14 years.  He was a classroom teacher for eight years.   Three of those eight years he taught in Mexico City, Mexico.  He loves spending time with his family and friends, and being in the outdoors.  Dan holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Dan works with individuals, couples, and groups on the issues of relational struggles, fear, repressed anger, depression, addiction, shame, grief, divorce, and abuse recovery, and helps his clients discover how these issues relate to one’s growth into mature men and women.  Dan’s passion is walking alongside others to find hope and change.


Susan Londres

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Susan Londres has had the privilege of serving in full-time ministry for over 25 years. During that time, she received her Masters of Art in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Susan enjoyed being married for 23 years until the untimely death of her husband. She is blessed to be the mother of three wonderful children ages 15 to 23.

Susan has experienced difficulties in her life that help qualify her to work with those who are dealing with grief, loss through suicide, being a single parent, and caring for aging parents.

Susan has experience working with individuals and couples dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, sexual abuse, co-dependency, communication issues, and marital issues. She also works with those in ministry to overcome specific challenges they face. As part of her counseling she does crisis intervention, weekend intensives, and specialized groups.

Her heart is to allow the Lord to use her story to give hope to others as they walk difficult journeys toward healing and restoration.


Chris Kavenagh

Screenshot 2016-07-14 14.01.05Chris is a longtime Central Florida resident. She has been married for almost three decades and is the proud mother of two beautiful children and two very silly Shetland Sheepdogs. Chris has been interested in studying mental health since she was a child. Chris received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and then attended Reformed Theological Seminary to obtain her Master in Counseling Degree. She chose RTS because of the excellent training program that integrates psychology and theology, instilling in her the value that we are all Image Bearers of God and because of this we all have dignity and worth.  Chris has a heart for those who are hurting and believes that everyone has the capacity for happiness and joy in their lives, no matter their circumstances. Discovering the wounds of the past and learning how they are affect present life can change how one chooses to live in the future.

Chris specializes in working with women who have undergone suffering, either recent or in the distant past. Chris has particular experience with clients who have suffered from sexual abuse, anxiety and depression.  Chris also enjoys working with couples who are choosing to fight for their marriages, families and groups that are in need of a safe space to learn to properly understand and communicate with each other, and young men and women facing the many challenges of navigating emerging adulthood.

Chris has also received specific training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy and uses this in conjunction with other traditional methods of psychotherapy.  EMDR is a therapeutic technique that helps people to heal from the present emotions and symptoms of disturbing life events and trauma. EMDR can be used to treat PTSD, feeling powerless, disturbing memories, phobias and stress reduction.

Please contact Chris by email at Christina.Kavenagh@gmail.com or by phone at 407-796-8034 for a private consultation.


Marylon Larkins

marylonMarylon is a wife of 47 years, mother of one daughter, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six little ones who currently own her heart. She moved to Florida five years ago after retiring from more than twenty five years of oncology nursing. Her nursing tenure at Seidman Cancer Institute in Cleveland, Ohio involved caring for patients who were in their final stage of cancer and were on clinical trials treatments that included various combinations of chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and radiation. She is a graduate of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Marylon completed her Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in order to fulfill her calling to continue the ministry of caring for hurting people.  She has a longstanding passion and history of supporting people through their experiences of losses and grief. She also has a deep passion and longing to support women through their struggles of life.

Marylon can be reached for consult and support with all Women issues and Grief by email at marylonmacl3@gmail.com or 440-317-2007.


Kristina Curry

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Kristina Curry grew up in Alabama and first moved to Orlando to pursue a career in counseling by attending Reformed Theological Seminary. After receiving her degree, Kristina moved back to Alabama to work at Grace Counseling Center. It was there in Mobile, Alabama where she met her future husband. After being married for three months, Kristina and her husband moved back to Orlando so that he could pursue his passion for counseling as well!

Kristina’s passion for counseling comes from her journey of walking through her own shattered dreams, disappointments, and sufferings. Kristina has a deep desire to walk alongside people as they navigate the disappointments and struggles in life and as they look for hope in a world that often can seem dark. Kristina has experience counseling in the areas of trauma/PTSD, abuse, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, spiritual concerns, couples, and family of origin issues. Kristina also has experience working with youth from counseling adolescents, being an Assistant Youth Director, and working as a Motivational Coach in a nearby middle school.

Please contact Kristina by email at kristinacurry16@gmail.com or by phone at 205-999-8481 for a private consultation.


Xiaohong Tong (Kimberly Yu)

Picture1Kimberly has an MA of TESOL and an MA of counseling psychology.  Previously she worked as a faculty member in a university, teaching English as a second language.  For the last 20 years, she has been helping individuals, couples and teams with personal development and relationship growth. Kimberly does counseling bi-lingually in English and Mandarin Chinese.  She has experience helping people dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship struggles, women’s issues, cross-cultural adjustment, and spirituality.  She is a certified counselor in China, certified Birkman coach, certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, Griefshare facilitator and a member of FMHCA.

Kimberly enjoyed being married for 24 years until the untimely death of her husband in a traffic accident.  She is the mother of a 25-year-old adult son.  Kimberly’s passion is to walk alongside with people, helping them to experience grace, hope and restoration.

Please contact Kimberly at gracehopecounseling@gmail.com or call/ text at (321)236-6327 for a private consultation.


Heather Vaughn

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Heather believes that healing starts with a safe place to explore buried emotions and hidden thoughts. Honesty and vulnerability open the door to growth and change. Heather helps her clients realize their dignity and value as they uncover the true self behind defenses and coping styles. She is especially excited about scientific evidence that our brains physically change as we learn to use our minds to change our brains. Counseling has the potential to transform faulty core beliefs about self, stuck relational patterns, and broken internal systems. She is EMDR trained, which is an evidence-based therapy used to treat trauma. Heather enjoys working with clients who struggle with trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, ministry burn-out, and transition. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and children.

Heather has served as a pastor’s wife and missionary before becoming a mental health therapist. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She understands the joys and struggles of marriage and parenting.  She delights in her husband of 22+ years and 4 amazing talented kids (2 girls & 2 boys). She loves playing games with her family, walking her dogs, admiring spectacular Florida sunsets, and feeling the sand beneath her feet.