Counselors

David J. Bryan

LPC

Marriage is always a work in progress, though the journey for each of us has its ups and downs. Sometimes it’s a casual walk hand-in-hand and sometimes it’s a grueling grind through the mud. David has experienced both of these extremes in his own 24-year marriage and has compassion and wisdom for those who are disillusioned, disconnected and questioning. In a relationship that was deeply impacted by childhood abuse, trauma, addiction and dysfunction, David and his wife learned to restore intimacy and communication through their own on-going efforts to find health and healing. A catalyst for change in the family dynamic was the diagnosis of his oldest son with High Functioning Autism (otherwise known as Asperger’s Syndrome), OCD and ADD. After years of living in an empty relationship, he now understands the loneliness and pain of this prison as well as the keys to freedom and a fulfilling marriage.

Whether it is confronting personal demons such as trauma or addiction, improving your connection with your spouse or rescuing your marriage from the brink of divorce, David can help you find solutions and hope. He can teach and equip you to effectively fight for transformation in your marriage. Marriage can be far more than just conflict, more than feeling criticized daily, more than roommates sharing a home, more than feeling emotionally abandoned, more than feeling trapped and destined for marital misery. If you want to fight for something more and discover a purpose and passion in your marriage, David would be privileged to be your guide on this journey.

Patty Evans

LPC

Couples go to marriage counseling because they want to make things better. But sometimes a couple has to learn to deal with deeper issues that can have an adverse effect on a marriage, like addiction, emotional trauma or physical abuse. If this sounds like your situation, Patty can show you how you can recapture friendship and love even in the most difficult marriages. Patty is trained in Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS), an approach designed specifically to help people overcome the damaging effects of trauma.

As your counselor, Patty travels alongside you, guiding your steps, helping you discover what is possible for your marriage. Patty’s formal training, mentoring, and life experiences from 31 years of marriage will empower you to make whatever changes are necessary to connect deeply with yourself and your spouse.

Mary Potenti

LMFT ATR

Relationships are important---individuals are wired to seek connections, and so therapy supports healthy and appropriate relationship goals. Mary Potenti’s therapeutic work specializes in supporting relationships---ranging from young adults to long-term couples with relationship challenges and life stage/transitional issues. Mary’s work provides tools for attunement and regulation for closer, more satisfying relationships, plus healing communication styles/techniques to get past trauma or conflict. She also specializes in working with couples who parent a special needs child, with the extra care and sometimes stressors that go with that role. Mary's couples therapy focuses on identifying new patterns of interaction or communication resulting in stronger relationships. She has been in private practice for a decade, and part of clinics sharing relationship tools and healing for over 4 years.

Other specialties include certification in trauma treatment, work with blended families, plus guidance in overall healthier coping tools and life skills addressing mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. Mary secured a certification in alcohol and other drugs (AOD), worked at both inpatient and outpatient settings, plus has been contracted by dozens of schools to assist youth with their emotional and behavioral needs, including transition into college. Mary is a licensed marriage and family therapist; Contact Mary to begin the transformation and healing process.

Susan Rutledge

LPC

Married for over 30 years and a mom to four kids gives Susan the unique insight into how parenting can leave marriages in need of more TLC. She can help you reconnect with your spouse in ways that rejuvenate you and give you energy to handle the busy life you already have with solid communication skills at the core of it all. Susan’s work also focuses on clients struggling to cope, heal and move on after infidelity rocks the foundation of their relationship. She helps couples regain their footing after the initial trauma of discovery, explore what, if anything, made the relationship vulnerable to the affair (either physical or emotional), and then determine the best path for moving forward.

Some research estimates that approximately 60-75% of couples faced with infidelity decide to stay married. Let Susan help you build a relationship that is stronger than it ever was before.

Eric Tooley

LPC & Certified Pastoral Sexual Addiction Specialist

Eric values the institute of marriage and he strongly believes in fighting for your marriage rather than giving up. Although he has been happily married for the past 15 years, Eric’s first marriage ended in divorce. After his training with The Marriage Place, he realizes he chose all the wrong strategies in trying to save it. He specializes in helping individuals, couples and families who are dealing with pornography issues. For more than twenty years, he has led workshops and given presentations all over the country on healthy sexuality. Most of all, he has a heart for helping people make good choices in all areas of their lives.

Eric has a master’s degree in professional counseling. He is an ordained minister and can do pastoral counseling as well as life coaching from either a faith-based or secular approach.

Tiffany Uzor

LPC Intern (Supervised by Patricia Sylve, LPC-S)

Do you feel disconnected from your spouse? Has your relationship taken a back seat to careers, child rearing, or caring for aging parents? If your relationship is suffering from neglect and you find yourself in a monotonous routine reach out to Tiffany! Married for over 15 years and mother of three boys, Tiffany knows how challenging balancing home, personal aspirations, and work life can be. Tiffany believes that communication is one of the most important aspects of a relationship and yet one of the hardest. Tiffany will help you face these challenges and come to solutions that work best for your relationship.

Tiffany is also passionate about working with multicultural couples, intra-ethnic couples. She married someone outside of her culture and it has made her sensitive to the challenges that come from combining two worlds under one roof. Tiffany knows from experience that you can create a home that nurtures both cultures in a way that is uniquely your own. If you are tired of feeling lost in your marriage, not heard or respected, Tiffany would love to work with you and help you find your way back together.

James Gray

LMFT, LPC, CSAT Candidate

Relationships are hard, but James knows they can also be beautiful.  He has a passion for marriage and believes we are created for intimacy and connection. When two people with differing values, from different families, and with different histories and experiences try to do life together, it can be a set up for conflict and tough times. Or, it can be an opportunity to build something strong enough to withstand what life throws at it.  James wants to help you fight for your relationship and make it the best it can be.

James also has a passion for working with people, especially men, struggling with compulsive sexual behavior. He has specialized training in treating sexual addiction and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. He’s also worked extensively with individuals dealing with such diverse issues as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship distress, anger, burnout, suicidal thinking, self-worth issues and boundaries.
James has been married to his wife since 1995 and they have adopted two children from foster care. He enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, games (video, board and cards) and playing with his dog. James' own journey to healing and transformation is what inspired him to become a therapist. He enjoys guiding others on their journeys and would love to walk with you on yours.

Coaches

Bonnie Estes

Certified Relationship Coach

Bonnie Estes is a certified life coach who graduated from Coach U, an institution accredited by International Coaches Federation in 2005 and one of the top US coaching institutes.
She has years of experience helping clients meet their goals of a more fulfilling life and has worked with a long list of well-known coaches in the field.

Bonnie is the author of Know Thy Self – Engage Others, a personal development workbook that helps master what Bonnie calls Ego Behaviors. She believes ego behaviors can be one of the blocks that keep people from life success. The tool has been well received by counselors, coaches and clients.

In January of 2014 Bonnie joined Engage With Love because she shares Kim’s vision for helping to change the world’s view of marriage.

Michael Popovici

Certified Relationship Coach

Michael’s marriage of more than thirty-four years and raising six children with his wife, combined with mentoring and training from counselors, coaches, and ministry leaders, brings discernment and understanding of the challenges confronted in a marriage. Michael’s first marriage ended in divorce with consequences brought about by his own behavior. From that experience, he realized the necessity for change in his thinking and his behavior.

With compassion, wisdom, and experience he engages each person and couple, helping them to realize the reality of who they are and how they show up in their relationships. He helps his clients realize what their relationship can be and helps them get there so they realize greater intimacy and connectedness.

Sara Snyder

Certified Relationship Coach

Sara is a strong believer in the value of marriage and working to keep your relationship alive through all stages of life. Married for more than 39 years, she and her husband have moved together through both pleasant and difficult seasons. Especially during the last 5 years, they have weathered multiple waves of loss and grief. Sara has a heart for hurting people, and is especially gifted at listening for what is beneath the surface. Many years of practice walking alongside those who have been brought into her life, along with her training as a Life Coach make her a person who can help you find a way through the hard places.

Melody Magnus

Certified Relationship Coach

Having walked through difficult years in her own marriage, Melody has a passion for helping those who find themselves in a painful place in their marriage. She knows firsthand how change in the relationship is possible when you stop blaming the other person for the state of your marriage and are willing to look at your own contributions and issues. She has a heart for those who feel hopeless and are hurting. She can help walk along side you as you pursue a more fulfilling and connected marriage.

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