Bencouraged House, Transformational Prayer
Transformation Prayer is defined as intentional and focused prayer with the desired outcome of an authentic encounter with the presence of Christ, resulting in mind renewal and subsequent transformed life.
This is a ministry of prayer that is Christ centered and God reliant for it’s direction and outcome. Although many may offer their lives to Jesus Christ and come to the knowledge of his saving grace, if their spiritual wounding is deeply entrenched, they may retain pain and guilt in their hearts and continue to revisit their trauma. Transformation Prayer’s intent is to heal the heart through God’s truth, in doing so, find permanent release and freedom.
Michele Bennefield is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families currently working in her own private practice, Bennefield & Associates in Mauldin, SC. Michele earned a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling from Colorado Theological Seminary in October 2019. Michele has held a Masters Degree in Counseling from North Carolina A & T State University, in Greensboro, NC since 1996 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of NC at Greensboro since 1993. Michele has clinical experience in private practice, residential treatment, and working in several South Carolina state agencies. Michele is also a Certified Temperament Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in South Carolina
Michele is a certified facilitator in Prepare-Enrich, a research-based assessment for couples undergoing marriage or premarital counseling. In addition, Michele specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Michele is relational in her approach and specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, as well as separation and divorce, and blended family issues.
Michele’s experience and training make her uniquely suited to address faith and spirituality in the context of therapy.
Dr. Stephen Ellis
Dr. Stephen Ellis
Dr. Ellis is a licensed Christian Counselor with a Ph. D in Clinical Christian Counseling. He is board certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). He is also a member of Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors (SACC). He is an Advanced Certified Temperament Therapy Counselor and uses the Arno Profile System in his counseling to help individuals understand their unique creation by God. He also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Ellis has served local churches in a variety of positions as associate pastor, music pastor, missions pastor, executive pastor, and discipleship pastor.
Motivated by a strong desire to help individuals understand and apply the freedom we have in Christ, Dr. Ellis founded Open Door Biblical Counseling Center in 2006. He is also passionate about assisting pastors and churches in bearing the load of counseling and discipleship. As a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, veteran, and businessman, Dr. Ellis understands that life can be difficult…but that God is the Great Physician who brings healing and victory through our surrender to His incredible plan and purpose for our lives.
Dr. Ellis also offers training for individuals who desire to become Christian counselors. He serves as a Certified Academic Institution for NCCA and supervises students who are pursuing a degree in Christian counseling.
Mark Goldsmith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Erskine College and went on to complete his Masters in Counseling, in addition to a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. He brings clinical experience gained in residential treatment centers, schools, as well as community mental health centers.
Mark is a certified facilitator in Prepare-Enrich, a research-based assessment for couples undergoing marriage or premarital counseling. In addition to his work as a counselor, Mark has served in a ministry capacity in a variety of church settings. He is an active member of Horizon Presbyterian Church in Mauldin, SC. His experience and training make him uniquely suited to address faith and spirituality in the context of therapy. Relational in his approach, Mark utilizes evidence based methodologies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to assist clients with their goals. He is a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy rostered clinician as well, and specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, and men’s issues.
Jim Harbin, LPC
Jim Harbin has been in practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for over twenty five years. He has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, private practice and group practices. He currently works at Piedmont Psychiatric Services on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, SC.
He obtained his BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and his M. Ed. in Personnel Services from Clemson University. Continuing his training he went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He also attained clinical member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and became a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). In addition he was a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Mr. Harbin has worked with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief resolution, bipolar disorder, anger management, and marital therapy just to mention a few. More recently he has found his practice and his presentations increasingly including education on stress management techniques.
His warm, humorous, practical, approach has made him a popular speaker in schools, hospitals, churches, and businesses.
Dr. Kevin Lewis
Dr. Kevin Lewis
Dr. Kevin Lewis is the Clinic Director for Alignlife East, an integrative natural healthcare office. He is a chiropractic physician who provides chiropractic care, nutrition enhancement, toxin elimination, hormone balancing, and weight management services. Prior to becoming a chiropractic physician, he served as a deputy sheriff for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. After sustaining an injury while in the line of duty, Dr. Lewis felt God calling him to move into the healthcare industry, specifically to the area of chiropractic care. His warmth and compassion, coupled with his professional excellence, make him a highly sought after clinician.
Dr. Lewis is frequently asked to speak on topics such as nutrition, health and wellness, stress management, and the benefits of chiropractic care.
Restoring Hope Counseling, LLC
Restoring Hope Counseling, LLC
Restoring Hope Counseling, LLC does a lot of work with children, adolescents, families, and individuals. A Christian approach to therapeutic interventions is incorporated throughout the counseling experience. Social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and financial areas are explored, as any of these areas can throw the others off balance.
A combination of solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to find helpful solutions to alleviate situations and address deeper thoughts and beliefs that tend to drive us. Our hope is that you find hope, healing, and confidence in who you are and who Christ is in your life.
The practice is located in Anderson, South Carolina.
As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Hal works to help those struggling with porn addiction, sex
addiction, compulsive sexual behavior, and infidelity. He also works with spouses, partners, and
family members in their struggle to understand and heal from the hurtful and often traumatic impact
of these behaviors. Hal is an approved Gottman Leader and Educator and utilizes Gottman Method
therapy with Couples. As an EMDR practitioner, he assists those suffering from the pain of anxiety
and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, Hal uses the
treatment model set forth by world-renowned sex addiction expert Dr. Patrick Carnes. In addition to
training with Dr. Carnes, Hal has trained with Betrayal Trauma and Cybersex experts Dr. Stefanie
Carnes and Rob Weiss, respectively.
Hal offers Psycho-educational presentations on the topics of Marriage Enrichment, Preparing for
Parenthood, Cybersex, Pornography, and Sex Addiction to Churches, Schools, Medical Offices,
Colleges and Hospitals.
Karen is a Certified Sex Therapist, trained from a biblical worldview at The Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT). Sex therapy includes issues such as low desire, sexual pain, sex addiction, affair recovery, sexual trauma, erectile concerns, premature ejaculation, infertility, and postpartum recovery, to name a few. Techniques for improvement include specific behavioral interventions, strategic reading, relationship and intimacy enhancement, along with referrals to appropriate professionals. Karen is also a certified Splankna practitioner. Splankna is a holistic psychological protocol that includes a group of treatment processes that identify and alleviate trauma emotions.