HOPE, HELP & HEALING

Covenant Counseling and Education Center provides counseling by caring and competent professionals in Birmingham, Alabama.
Who We Are

We are a group of licensed professionals who seek to maintain the highest professional standards in our fields and whose Christian faith is central to our lives and practices.

Founded in 1994, Covenant Counseling and Education Center serves Birmingham and the surrounding areas, offering counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

How It Works

Though beginning counseling is not always easy, we try to make it simple. You can look at our counselors’ profiles to see if one might be a good fit for you or call our office for help finding someone.

COUNSELING FOR

INDIVIDUALS

Individual Counseling offers an individual several opportunities for change or growth by allowing the possibility of greater understanding, increased perspective, or new patterns of behaving, thinking, and feeling to be gained.

COUPLES

Couples Counseling offers resources to understand and address the unique challenges which sometimes emerge in relationships. The process creates a place to work through difficulties as trust and commitment are rebuilt. Communication is often a key to uncovering the dynamics that are affecting a relationship.

FAMILY

Family Counseling offers each member the opportunity to explore the family’s functionality by addressing problems as a team rather than individually. The structure of the counseling offers a safe, healthy environment to share feelings and thoughts, as well as the opportunity to understand concerns from others’ perspectives.

GROUPS

Participation in a group provides the benefit of seeing things from another’s perspective, as well as giving the sense that one is not alone in their experience. The opportunity to know others who have similar experiences often fosters growth and understanding.

OUR COUNSELORS

Heather Hagins

Licensed Counselor

Heather Hagins, MA, MBA

Anxiety, depression, grief, abuse, relationship concerns, spiritual struggles, infidelity, family of origin concerns, and more.

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Trey Hill

Licensed Psychologist

Trey Hill, PhD

Marriage counseling, relationship development, family of origin concerns, ADHD assessment, depression, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and more.

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Anna Stanley

Licensed Counselor

Anna Stanley, MA, CEDS

Eating disorders, family concerns, women's issues, depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and more.

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Hunter Stanley

Associate Licensed Counselor

Hunter Stanley, MDiv, MA

Grief, anxiety, depression, spirituality, relationship issues, codependency, substance abuse and addiction, identity concerns, and more.

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Kara Jones

Licensed Counselor

Kara Jones, MA, EdS

Marriage and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, depression, women's issues, boundaries, codependency, grief, and more.

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Suzanne Pirkle

Registered Dietician

Suzanne Pirkle, MA, CEDRD

Nutritional counseling for adults and adolescents in areas relating to eating disorders, weight management, and sports nutrition.

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Joyce McKay

Licensed Counselor

Joyce McKay, MEd, EdS, CSAT

Sex addiction, recovery from sexual abuse, grief, trauma, anger, and adjustment issues.

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Gil Kracke

Licensed Counselor

Gil Kracke, MA, MA, DMin, NCC

Pre-marital and marriage counseling, grief, family of origin issues, concerns regarding aging, and more. Gil is the Director of Covenant Counseling.

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Rachael Garrett

Licensed Counselor

Rachael Garrett, MA

Grief counseling for all ages, miscarriages, infant loss, self-esteem, concerns about self-harm, anxiety, depression, anger, parenting concerns, and more.

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Jay Lloyd

Licensed Counselor

Jay Lloyd, MA

Addiction, substance abuse and dependence, family dynamics, parenting, spirituality, pre-marital counseling, marriage development, young adult issues, and more.

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Kent Michael

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kent Michael, MEd

Marriage and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, family counseling, depression, grief and loss, stress, academic challenges, and more.

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Becky Whitson

Licensed Counselor

Becky Whitson, MA, EdS, CSAT, NCC

Sex addiction, codependency, infidelity, recovery from sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, marriage counseling, and personal growth.

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Alice Churnock

Licensed Counselor

Alice Churnock, MA, CEDS

Eating disorders, body image concerns, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, parenting issues, and more.

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Paul Johnson

Vocational Counselor

Paul Johnson, MBA

Career counseling and development, vocational assessments, executive coaching, career transitions, and more.

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Lisa Phillips

Licensed Counselor

Lisa Phillips, MA, MA

Relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, codependency, boundaries, pre-marital and marriage counseling, and more.

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Licensed Counselor

Heather Hagins, MA, MBA

Anxiety, depression, grief, abuse, relationship concerns, spiritual struggles, infidelity, family of origin concerns, and more.

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Licensed Psychologist

Trey Hill, PhD

Marriage counseling, relationship development, family of origin concerns, ADHD assessment, depression, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and more.

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Licensed Counselor

Anna Stanley, MA, CEDS

Eating disorders, family concerns, women's issues, depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and more.

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Associate Licensed Counselor

Hunter Stanley, MDiv, MA

Grief, anxiety, depression, spirituality, relationship issues, codependency, substance abuse and addiction, identity concerns, and more.

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Licensed Counselor

Kara Jones, MA, EdS

Marriage and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, depression, women's issues, boundaries, codependency, grief, and more.

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Registered Dietician

Suzanne Pirkle, MA, CEDRD

Nutritional counseling for adults and adolescents in areas relating to eating disorders, weight management, and sports nutrition.

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Licensed Counselor

Joyce McKay, MEd, EdS, CSAT

Sex addiction, recovery from sexual abuse, grief, trauma, anger, and adjustment issues.

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Licensed Counselor

Gil Kracke, MA, MA, DMin, NCC

Pre-marital and marriage counseling, grief, family of origin issues, concerns regarding aging, and more. Gil is the Director of Covenant Counseling.

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Licensed Counselor

Rachael Garrett, MA

Grief counseling for all ages, miscarriages, infant loss, self-esteem, concerns about self-harm, anxiety, depression, anger, parenting concerns, and more.

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Licensed Counselor

Jay Lloyd, MA

Addiction, substance abuse and dependence, family dynamics, parenting, spirituality, pre-marital counseling, marriage development, young adult issues, and more.

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kent Michael, MEd

Marriage and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, family counseling, depression, grief and loss, stress, academic challenges, and more.

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Licensed Counselor

Becky Whitson, MA, EdS, CSAT, NCC

Sex addiction, codependency, infidelity, recovery from sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, marriage counseling, and personal growth.

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Licensed Counselor

Alice Churnock, MA, CEDS

Eating disorders, body image concerns, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, parenting issues, and more.

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Vocational Counselor

Paul Johnson, MBA

Career counseling and development, vocational assessments, executive coaching, career transitions, and more.

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Licensed Counselor

Lisa Phillips, MA, MA

Relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, codependency, boundaries, pre-marital and marriage counseling, and more.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

A first session typically begins by meeting the counselor and going over a few aspects related to confidentiality. The counselor will want to know what brings you to the office and may try to gain a better sense of your context. Depending on the situation, you may begin to develop initial hopes or goals for your time together, to provide greater clarity on the focus of your counseling. Hopefully, you will be helped – even in your first session.

Our counselors work to provide a supportive and caring environment. Issues or dynamics can then be explored and addressed towards facilitating the needed or desired change.

Contact Us

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our counselors, or have any questions, please call 205-879-7500.

If you would like to email us, please complete the contact form below.

Telephone:

Phone 205-879-7500
Fax 205-879-7554

Our Address:

2204 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 212
Birmingham, AL 35209 USA