Our Counselors


Larry Bell, M.S. L.P.C. & C.R.C.

Larry completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairmont State University majoring in Sociology and Psychology.  He earned a Master of Science Degree from West Virginia University majoring in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Larry is a Licensed Professional Counselor {LPC} in Virginia and West Virginia.  He also holds national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor {CRC}.

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J. Paul Marks, D. Min., MA, LPC

Dr. Paul Marks is trained in counseling, theology and psychology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1994 followed by two Master degrees in Religion and Christian Theology in 1998. He also completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling in 2007.

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Beth B. Ulrich, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Beth Ulrich joined the practice of Christian Counseling Services in October 2008 with over thirty years experience in outpatient as well as inpatient settings. She is currently the Program Manager for the Amherst and Appomattox Counseling Centers of the Central Virginia Community Services Board where she works with seriously and chronically mentally ill individuals.

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Michelle Smith, M.Ed, LPC, RPT, NCC, ACS

Michelle Smith is licensed as a professional counselor in Virginia since 2015 and received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Lynchburg College in January 2013.  She is a registered play therapist and came to Christian Counseling Services with four years of experience working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families through a non-profit organization. 

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John Turner, LCSW

John Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose previous work experiences include a juvenile court setting; a family service agency; an inpatient children’s treatment center; a mental health clinic; and an adolescent home for runaways. For the past few years John has counseled in a private practice setting.

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Ryan Vaughn

Ryan Vaughn MA, LMFT, LPC

Ryan Vaughn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. With over 7 years of experience working with families Ryan believes that families/individuals want to be successful and thrive. Ryan’s core belief is that the breakdown of the family precipitates dysfunction in the individual. Ryan works with families and individuals on identifying and changing negative thought patterns that manifest in dysfunctional behaviors.

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Chloe Smith, LPC

Chloe Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia, as well as a National Certified Counselor.  She has worked in the mental health field since 2009, and has had the privilege of providing a variety of services to adult clients including individual outpatient therapy, outpatient group therapy, counseling in a university setting, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization and case management.

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Jenny Bowers, MA (online video only: call for details)

Jenny Bowers earned her Master in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is working towards licensure in the state of Virginia. 

She has worked at CCS since 2013 with ladies journeying through depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, balance, marital/family struggles, past hurts, chronic illness, perfectionism, boundaries, ministry struggles, and spousal porn use.


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Brandon Waggoner, MA

Brandon Waggoner received his Master in Professional counseling from Liberty University and is working toward licensure in Virginia. Currently he is a PhD candidate in Counselor Education and Supervison. Throughout this education, Brandon received training and experience in multiple areas. These include marital and premarital counseling, anger, depression, anxiety, sexuality and sexual addictions, as well as spiritual issues.

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Sophia Jean-Pierre, MA, NCC (online video only: call for details)

Sophia Jean-Pierre is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her M.A. in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and is currently working towards receiving her licensure in Virginia. 


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Samantha J. Reynolds, BS, MSW, PA-C

Samantha comes now to work with Christian Counseling Services to earn hours towards her licensure to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Christian focus.  Her counseling interests are:  individual and couples, developing supportive mental health groups, anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, marriage repair and strengthening, substance issues, as well as boundary development and empowerment to encourage not mere existence in life, but to flourish in all aspects of living, through biblical principles that are God ordained.  She looks forward to working with you.

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Administration Staff:


Alexandria Smith

Ali comes to CCS with 20 years of retail management and customer service experience. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Recently moved to Lynchburg, she and her family appreciate the wonderful community of people here and scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountain area. She is an active member and serves humbly for Brentwood Church in the Counseling and MOSAIC ministries. She and her husband Kirk of 23 years are blessed with 3 beautiful children. When she isn’t at work you could likely find her spending time with her family or sneaking in an afternoon nap.





Specialized Treatment

Finding peace, especially in tough situations, can be difficult.  Without help, the stress may increase.  We are committed to assisting you in finding beneficial solutions to the dilemmas you face.  The problems we specialize in are:

• Depression • Stress
• Marital issues • Anxiety
• Sexual Addictions • Compulsive Behaviors
• Women's Issues • Men's Issues
• Panic Disorders • Eating Disorders
• Sexual Abuse • Codependency
• Anger Issues • Attention Deficit Disorder
• Grief • Premarital
• Play Therapy • Remarriage


Comprehensive Therapy

Christian Counseling Services can provide the appropriate therapy compatible with your needs.  At CCS, therapy is a collaborative process where you and your therapist form a working relationship that is designed to facilitate change and growth during times of transitional, emotional or psychological distress.

An overall plan for treatment and goals will be designed and discussed with you.  The length of your treatment will depend on your own personal goals and the types of problems to be addressed.  The following types of treatment plans can be employed:

• Individual Therapy
• Marital Therapy
• Services for Adults, Adolescents and Children
• Family Therapy
• Pre-Marital Counseling
• Group Therapy
• Workshops
• Play Therapy


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