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.
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 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 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.
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.
Heather Hagins, MA, MBA
Anxiety, depression, grief, abuse, relationship concerns, spiritual struggles, infidelity, family of origin concerns, and more.Learn More
Trey Hill, PhD
Marriage counseling, relationship development, family of origin concerns, ADHD assessment, depression, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and more.Learn More
Anna Stanley, MA, CEDS
Eating disorders, family concerns, women's issues, depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and more.Learn More
Hunter Stanley, MDiv, MA
Grief, anxiety, depression, spirituality, relationship issues, codependency, substance abuse and addiction, identity concerns, and more.Learn More
Kara Jones, MA, EdS
Marriage and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, depression, women's issues, boundaries, codependency, grief, and more.Learn More
Suzanne Pirkle, MA, CEDRD
Nutritional counseling for adults and adolescents in areas relating to eating disorders, weight management, and sports nutrition.Learn More
Joyce McKay, MEd, EdS, CSAT
Sex addiction, recovery from sexual abuse, grief, trauma, anger, and adjustment issues.Learn More
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.Learn More
Rachael Garrett, MA
Grief counseling for all ages, miscarriages, infant loss, self-esteem, concerns about self-harm, anxiety, depression, anger, parenting concerns, and more.Learn More
Jay Lloyd, MA
Addiction, substance abuse and dependence, family dynamics, parenting, spirituality, pre-marital counseling, marriage development, young adult issues, and more.Learn More
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Kent Michael, PhD
Marriage and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, family counseling, depression, grief and loss, stress, academic challenges, and more.Learn More
Becky Whitson, MA, EdS, CSAT, NCC
Sex addiction, codependency, infidelity, recovery from sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, marriage counseling, and personal growth.Learn More
Alice Churnock, MA, CEDS
Eating disorders, body image concerns, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, parenting issues, and more.Learn More
Paul Johnson, MBA
Career counseling and development, vocational assessments, executive coaching, career transitions, and more.Learn More
Lisa Phillips, MA, MA
Relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, codependency, boundaries, pre-marital and marriage counseling, and more.Learn More
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.
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.