LifeStone is thankful to partner with Christian Counselors Collaborative for counseling sessions at our South Side campus.

To request an appointment please contact Christian Counselors Collaborative at 855-222-2575.

 

Rebecca Osborne, MA, LPC

Rebecca Osborne, MA, LPC

Education:
Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Southeastern University in April of 2007. I immediately went on to study at Waynesburg University where I graduated in 2009 with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology.

Professional Experience:
I have worked full time as a therapist in a variety of settings with a wide range of clients. My experience includes in home therapy with children, adolescents, and families (BHRS) who have been diagnosed with serious emotional disturbances, outpatient therapy, and case management services. 

Areas of Practice : 

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Family conflict/Parenting challenges

  • Eating disorders

  • Social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder

  • ADHD and Autism

  • Grief counseling

  • Gambling addiction

I work with individuals of all ages and am equipped to address a spectrum of emotional and behavioral concerns. My approach to treatment is rooted in Family Systems Theory, which encourages people to think of issues (e.g. marital conflict, addiction, adolescent defiance, difficult relationships, loneliness, etc.) in terms of a multigenerational family or a “system.” This approach encourages people to move away from blaming others and towards individual responsibility.

In addition to Family Systems Theory, I often refer to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help individuals focus on exploring relationships among their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During therapy, we will actively engage to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive patterns and beliefs.

Personal Passion:
I have seen over the years that many of my patients are grateful that I not only have experience in a classroom and with other clients, but that my life experiences make me a better fit for their overall treatment. Many clients come to me because I am a follower of Christ and share their faith, or because I am a wife and mother to two small children. Other's come because of a personal recommendation from a trusted friend. I am blessed to be a part of the Christian Counselors Collaborative and share their vision for serving those who are hurting and in need. 

No matter how you end up in my office, my commitment is to provide a place where you can find healing and hope to overcome life's challenges.

Kierstin Barker, MS

Kierstin Barker, MS

Education:
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Westminster College in May of 2016. I immediately went on to study at Chatham University where I graduated in 2018 with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling Psychology. I am currently working towards becoming an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).

Professional Experience:
I have previously worked as a counseling intern with a wide range of clients at Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, a non-for-profit community counseling center in the North Hills. I have also worked in an in-home therapy setting with children, adolescents, and families (BHRS) who have been diagnosed with ADHD, autism, and emotional disturbances. I have worked with couples, families, individuals, and children. I have also helped co-facilitate different types of therapy groups such as a women’s self-care group and a bereavement group for elderly widows. 

Areas of Practice : 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Family conflict/Parenting challenges

  • ADHD and Autism

  • Relationship Issues

  • Women’s Issues

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Wellness Coaching

  • Grief counseling

My theoretical orientation involves a cognitive behavioral and person-centered perspective while also incorporating mindfulness techniques where appropriate. This means assessing in therapy how someone’s thoughts and emotions can affect their behaviors and how this may be causing self-destructive patterns. It is also important to me to have a collaborative relationship with all of my clients and deciding alongside the client how to best approach the therapeutic process. In addressing these patterns, I incorporate mindfulness techniques into the therapy process. The practice of mindfulness allows someone to learn how to cope with their emotions and thoughts in a healthy way by learning how to completely be in the present moment.

Personal Passion:
It has always been my passion to help others. I understand how the counseling process can at first be intimidating and full of unknowns. However, I have full confidence in this process and hope that I can give you a safe space to heal and grow. I am grateful to be a part of the Christian Counselors Collaborative vision to help those that need it. I welcome any questions you may have.  My job as a therapist is to not tell you what to do or how to live, but to help lead you through the process of healing in therapy and to give you the tools to overcome whatever obstacles you may face.

Nick Edinger, MA, NCC

Nick Edinger, MA, NCC

Education:

I earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services at Geneva College in 2013. In 2018 I earned a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Geneva College and became a Nationally Certified Counselor by completion of the National Counselor Exam (NCE).

Professional experience:

In addition to working as an independent therapist with Christian Counselors Collaborative, I am a drug and alcohol therapist at Gateway Rehab. At Gateway, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to help clients resolve ambivalence and make positive changes to improve their and their family’s lives. While at Gateway, I have enjoyed building relationships with men and women of all ages and helping them address the vast number of issues contributing to their addiction, such as depression anxiety, trauma, and family problems.

Areas of Practice:

- Addiction

- Anxiety

- Depression

- Anger

- Grief

- Trauma

- Relationship issues

I work with men and women of all ages, primarily using cognitive behavioral therapy. I help individuals process the changes that need to be made in their thoughts and behavior, and then help them implement those changes. I believe in counseling individuals from a holistic perspective, addressing the body, mind, environment, and spiritual condition of a person.

I also utilize motivational interviewing to help resolve ambivalence. A lot of people think you have to be ready to change before you begin counseling, but that is not always the case; sometimes helping someone work toward a desire to change is a part of the counseling process. Then after that, we can move toward implementing the ideal changes in thoughts and behavior.

Personal Passion:

What I love about my background in addiction is that I learned to help people deal with a variety of issues that are often associated with addiction. I am passionate about helping people work through addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, and relationship issues”.

I have always had an intrinsic desire to help others and found joy in helping people process the steps they need to take towards change. I feel so blessed to have the education and skills necessary to relate to others and help them see the light in situations where there seems to be only darkness.

I believe God is the ultimate counselor and that true and lasting change happens when we invite God to help us change. But I want to meet the client where they are. Some people feel hurt or abandoned by God and are not ready to acknowledge him, and that's ok, we can get there.