Personal Counseling

Family Life is proud to offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families. Our counselors provide a distinct Biblical approach to the field of personal counseling. Jesus teaches that our thoughts, motives, and actions flow from a sinful heart. Biblical counseling addresses the heart, because heart-change brings about life-change as the Holy Spirit works in a person.

Family Life provides mental health services in the form of:

  • Personal and premarital counseling
  • Marital and relationship counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Parent/child counseling
  • Addiction counseling

Family Life Counselors

Gary Short / Biblical Counseling Director, Counselor (LCSW-R) | email

Gary began serving as director of the Biblical Counseling Department in 2008. In addition to overseeing the department, Gary counsels individuals, couples, and families. Gary loves every aspect of being a counselor and daily thanks God for the privilege of helping those that seek Godly wisdom for their concerns.

- Licensed clinical social worker
- Masters in Social Work, EMDR certified (treatment for trauma)
- Clinical experience with individuals and couples, marriage/premarital, and child/teen/parent issues
- Expertise in treating abuse (verbal, mental, sexual, physical), drugs, alcohol, aging, anxiety, sexuality, communication, pornography, and depression

Barb Short / Biblical Counselor (LCSW-R, RN) | email

After working for 18 years at the Steuben County Community Mental Health Center, Barb joined Family Life’s Biblical Counseling staff in September 2010. Barb counsels individuals, couples, families, and small groups with difficult life issues such as anxiety, depression, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. She is blessed by the Lord to help hurting people in any way she can.

- Licensed clinical social worker
- Masters in Social Work, EMDR certified (treatment for trauma)
- Extensive clinical experience in mental health, dealing with individuals and groups
- Expertise in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, phobias, sexual abuse, domestic violence, relationship issues, and more