Clovernook | Counseling Ministry

A heart at peace gives life to the body . . .
A happy heart makes the face cheerful . . .
A discerning heart seeks knowledge.
—Proverbs 14 & 15

LifeSpring Counseling Ministry offers counseling with licensed professional counselors who address personal and relationship issues from a Christ-centered perspective.

Why counseling?

  • You may need professional help to treat depression or anxiety.
  • You may need support as you go through crisis or grief.
  • You may need a truly confidential, listening ear when life struggles or transitions seem overwhelming.
  • You may need an outside perspective to help clarify your thinking and explore options.
  • You may need objective mediation to address relationship conflicts.
  • You may need assistance managing an emotional disorder of your own or a loved one.
  • You may need a coach to help you set and attain your own goals.
  • You may need help learning strategies to overcome problems and move forward.

Whatever the need, help is available. We would be glad to help you find it.

Find out more about LifeSpring Counseling Ministry

FAQs

FAQs

Who can come for counseling?

We offer counseling to individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and adults. We welcome clients regardless of race, gender, age, religious tradition, or cultural background.

Do I have to attend Lifespring to receive counseling services?

No. LifeSpring Counseling Ministry is open to anyone, whether member, attender, or someone from the community.

Where are you located?

How do I get more information or set an appointment?

You can contact the counseling office at (513) 522-7707 x23 or (513) 477-4381, or email Margaret Pennington. We will be happy to help.

What will happen when I call the counseling office?

  • We will listen to your concerns to understand your need.
  • We will discuss options for addressing your concerns so you are able to make an informed choice.
  • We will tell you what LifeSpring Counseling Ministry has to offer, as well as discuss the cost involved.
  • We will discuss various options for quality, affordable counseling—we are committed to working with you to find the help you need.

Depending on your need we may:

  • provide counseling with one of our licensed counselors.
  • refer you to other counselors who may better meet your need.
  • direct you to faith-based support groups, community agencies, or other resources.

What services do you offer?

Professional, confidential counseling in the areas of:

  • Depression and grief
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Marriage and family issues
  • Communication problems
  • Childhood and adolescent problems
  • Abuse issues (physical, sexual, emotional)
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem and personal growth
  • Coaching life choices and skills
  • Spiritual concerns and problems

What if I need medication or more specialized care?

We do not have any medical doctors or psychiatrists on staff, so we cannot prescribe medication. We will provide referral information to area professionals when additional sources of help would best meet the client’s needs. If you are on medication and under a doctor’s care, we are able and qualified to offer counseling to support that treatment.

Financial Questions

What is the cost of counseling at LifeSpring?

  • The LifeSpring Counseling Ministry fee is $60 per 50-minute session (for individual, couple, or family).
  • We desire to make counseling affordable, so our fee remains well below the fee for most private counseling services in Cincinnati.

What if I can’t afford the fee?

  • If financial assistance is needed, we offer a sliding fee, based on number in household and total income. This fee ranges from $30-$50.
  • We are also happy to give you information on other low-cost counseling options.

Why is there a fee if this is a ministry of the church?

LifeSpring Christian Church provides the facilities and counseling resources for the counseling ministry but does not pay or subsidize the counselors for counseling sessions.
All of the counselors of the LifeSpring Counseling Ministry offer counseling services as independent contractors. Our counselors have agreed to offer counseling at LifeSpring at a lower fee than they could receive elsewhere because of their desire to make affordable counseling available.

Do you take insurance?

We do not accept insurance but are glad to refer you to other Christian counselors who do.

What if someone is in crisis or needs emergency help?

LifeSpring Counseling Ministry is not staffed full-time, so we are not able to provide emergency services or treatment for intensive emotional or mental health needs.

In case of crisis or urgent need, please call one of the agencies listed here.

Counseling Staff

LifeSpring Counseling Ministry Staff

The counselors at LifeSpring:

  • Are trained and qualified mental health professionals.
  • Are licensed by the state of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
  • Combine a Biblical foundation and a professional counseling perspective.
  • Have a wide range of interests, training, and clinical experience, which are matched to the needs of the client.
  • Are committed to providing each client with the highest standard of care to meet each individual’s needs.

Margaret Pennington
Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor

  • Margaret’s counseling focuses on individual and family strengths. She coaches clients to set and attain their own goals.
  • Margaret is experienced in cross-cultural counseling. She helps prepare people for cultural transitions, including deputation and re-entry for international workers.
  • She understands the unique needs of individuals and families in ministry and offers them pastoral care.
  • She enjoys pre-marital counseling, helping couples prepare for strong marriages.
  • Margaret supervises other counselors in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
  • Margaret serves as the director of the counseling ministry at LifeSpring.
  • She also supervises counselors in training at Cincinnati Christian University.

Formal Professional Education

  • M.A. in Counseling, Cincinnati Christian University, 2005
  • M.A. Practical Ministry, Family Studies, Cincinnati Christian University, 2002

 Professional Membership

  • American Association of Christian Counselors

Areas of Competence & Services Provided

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Child and adolescent counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Cross-cultural counseling
  • Personal and social counseling
  • Crisis and mental health counseling
  • Consultation
  • Career and educational counseling
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders
  • Supervision of counselors

Ronald Thigpen
Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Resident

  • Ron helps individuals facing life struggles to clarify their understanding of the situation and examine their options.
  • He focuses on individual and family strengths, coaching clients to set and attain their own goals.
  • Ron enjoys working with couples to strengthen their marriages and develop great communication.
  • Ron has a particular interest in helping African-American individuals and families learn strategies to overcome problems and move forward in their lives.
  • Ron enjoys leading support groups addressing various life issues.

Formal Professional Education

  • M.A. in Counseling, Cincinnati Christian University, 2005

Professional Membership

  • American Association of Christian Counselors

Areas of Competence & Services Provided

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Adolescent counseling
  • Personal and social counseling
  • Human resources and employee assistance counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Consultation
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders under supervision

Nancy L. Moore
Licensed Independent Social Worker

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  •  Nancy’s primary area of practice is with children & families.
  • Nancy’s area of expertise is in the treatment of child & adolescent mental health including child welfare, foster care & adoption concerns, crisis intervention, & behavioral interventions.
  • Nancy works with families to meet the needs of youth.
  • She also enjoys working with young adults.
  • She enjoys providing training and consultation to groups of parents and others that work with youth.

Formal Professional Education

  • MSW, University of Kentucky, 2007
  • BSW, Northern Kentucky University, 2000

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Association of Christian Social Workers

Areas of Competence & Services Provided

  • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Foster Care & Adoption Support
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Psycho-educational Interventions
  • Program Development & Administration
  • Training & Consultation
  • Social Worker supervision

Jeanne M. Mesker
Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor

  • Jeanne’s compassionate counseling offers hope to people who struggle with depression and grief.
  • She has experience helping men and women who have experienced trauma or abuse.
  • Jeanne especially enjoys working with a variety of women’s issues.
  • She is committed to taking as much time as is needed to bring healing.
  • Jeanne is also qualified to supervise other counselors in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

Formal Professional Education

  • M.A. in Counseling, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 1999
  • B.A. Psychology, Western Kentucky University, 1980.

Professional Membership

  • American Association of Christian Counselors

Areas of Competence & Services Provided

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Couples and family counseling
  • Personal and social counseling
  • Educational counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
  • Supervision of Counselors

Caroline Sanders
Licensed Professional  Counselor, Clinical Resident

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  •  As a pastor’s wife, Caroline understands the unique challenges women face in ministry.
  • She has a keen interest in helping individuals overcome childhood trauma including abandonment.
  • Caroline is a strong family advocate, empowering and supporting parents in rearing emotionally healthy children.
  • Caroline enjoys supporting young women as they navigate through important life transitions.
  • She welcomes the opportunity to support individuals coping with a loved one’s mental illness.
  • She enjoys preparing pre-marital couples for strong marriages.

Formal Professional Education

  • M.A. in Counseling, Cincinnati Christian University, 2013
  • BS in Social Work, Bowling Green State University, 1994

 Professional Membership

  • American Counseling Association

Areas of Competence & Services Provided

  • Abandonment
  • Anger Management
  •  Anxiety
  • Career and educational counseling
  •  Depression
  • Diagnosis & treatment of mental and emotional disorders under supervision
  • Grief & loss
  • Group Counseling
  • Personal/Social Counseling
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Self-Image/Self-Esteem

Jordan McNeely
Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Resident

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  • Jordan specializes in helping people with sexual struggles such as pornography use or other compulsive sexual behaviors.
  • Jordan works with premarital couples to prepare them to have a healthy and fulfilling relationship.
  • He also enjoys helping couples whose relationship has fallen on hard times regain the affection and devotion they once had for each other.
  • Jordan is skillful with helping people overcome their emotional troubles including struggles with anxiety, depression, anger, and low self-esteem.

Formal Professional Education

  • M.A. in Counseling, Cincinnati Christian University, 2013

Areas of Competence & Services Provided

  • Addiction counselingChild and adolescent counseling
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders under supervision
  • Educational counseling
  • Human resources counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Personal and social counseling

Premarital Counseling

Premarital Counseling

Weddings at LifeSpring

“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife . . . therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.” —Matthew 19:5-6

God has a wonderful plan for marriage! His provision for man and woman to spend life together in a committed relationship can be one of life’s highest blessings. We’re anxious to see that your wedding day is not only a beautiful day in itself, but is also the beginning of a terrific marriage.

As a church we’re committed to helping couples build strong Christian marriages. Having a “church wedding” does not make a marriage Christian. Is our desire to help couples grow in a living relationship with God that will not only bring great joy to both individuals, but will also give the marriage the best possibility for success. We believe that couples who have a strong relationship with the Lord have an enormous advantage, and we want to assist couples in both planning a beautiful wedding and in laying the foundation for a beautiful marriage.

Please call the church office (513-522-7707) to arrange an appointment with one of the ministers for more information or to schedule a wedding.

Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is an important part of preparing for marriage. It is not a religious indoctrination program, but rather focuses on the marriage relationship. Its purpose is to help the couple know each other better, consider potential problem areas of family life, understand how to keep love growing after marriage, and build a solid spiritual foundation for the home.

It’s easy to put a lot of planning into a wedding and not prepare adequately for the marriage. Premarital counseling is not a guarantee of a successful relationship, but most couples feel it helps them begin marriage on more solid footing. It is desirable to begin premarital counseling as soon as possible after the decision to marry, preferably six months to a year before the wedding. When this is not possible, other arrangement can be made.

Goals of Premarital Counseling

  • Identify your relationship strength and areas for further growth
  • Commit to a marriage based on spiritual unity and a desire to honor God
  • Strengthen your communication skills
  • Identify and manage major stressors
  • Improve your skills for problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Explore your relationship & families-of-origin issues
  • Discuss financial planning and budgeting
  • Establish personal, couple, and family goals
  • Understand and appreciate personality differences

Premarital Counseling Options

LifeSpring offers both premarital groups and premarital couple’s counseling to meet varied needs and schedules.

Premarital Groups:

  • These small, informal, interactive groups include both teaching and applying new skills as a couple.
  • The groups meet for 16 hours, in a 6 or 8 week format with outside assignments between meetings.
  • Couples getting married at LifeSpring or by LifeSpring ministers have priority registration. All others are welcome as space allows.
  • The groups are scheduled based on need. To be sure we offer a group which fits your schedule, please contact the counseling office as early as possible.

Cost:

  • If the wedding is at LifeSpring Clovernook site, the cost is included in the wedding fee. There is no additional charge for the premarital group or materials.
  • If the couple is not getting married at LifeSpring, cost for the pre-marital group is $150/couple, plus $50 for the cost of materials.

Pre-marital Couple’s Counseling

  • Some people simply prefer counseling as a couple rather than in a group.
  • This is also a good option for couples who have more unique situations, such as: cultural differences, 2nd marriages, families with children, family-of-origin issues, or other issues which may not be covered in a group.
  • This is also a great option for pre-engaged couples, trying to decide if they are ready to get married yet.
  • These appointments normally consist of eight 50-minute sessions with outside assignments between sessions. But the scheduling of these can be flexed to meet the couple’s needs.

Cost:

  • If the wedding is at LifeSpring Clovernook site, a portion of the wedding fee goes toward the cost of premarital counseling. The couple pays an additional $100 for eight 50-minute sessions of couple’s premarital counseling. This includes the cost of materials.
  • If couple is not getting married at LifeSpring, the cost for the counseling sessions is based on a sliding fee scale, ranging from $30 to $60 per session, plus $50 for the cost of materials.

Materials used in Premarital Counseling

We usually use the PREPARE/ENRICH Program in our premarital counseling at LifeSpring.

PREPARE/ENRICH is an online customized couple assessment which helps to identify a couple’s strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. It is also used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement.

The couple will take this on-line assessment prior to the first session. During the sessions the couple will receive a workbook to assist in learning and practicing relationship skills.

For more information about this assessment go to https://www.prepare-enrich.com/

For more information or to schedule premarital counseling, please contact the counseling office at 513- 522-7707 x23 or 513-477-4381, or email mpennington@lifespringchristian.org.

Emergency Contact

Crisis/Emergency Contact Information

LifeSpring Counseling Ministry is not staffed full-time. So we are not able to provide emergency services or treatment for intensive emotional or mental health needs.

If you are experiencing an urgent mental health crisis or if safety is an issue, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

If urgent help is needed, call:

Talbert House
Crisis support & suicide prevention hotline staffed by mental health professionals
(513) 281-CARE ((513) 281-2273)

University Hospital
Psychiatric Emergency Services
(513) 584-8577

Children’s Hospital
Emergency Response Line for mental health services
(513) 636-4124

Centerpoint Health
Family and children crisis and violence prevention
(513) 221-HELP ((513) 221-4357)

Parents Anonymous
Child abuse prevention hotline, also for adult survivors of abuse
(513) 961-8004

YWCA
Battered Women’s Shelter for rape, domestic crisis, and abuse
(513) 872-9259

Hamilton County Children’s Services
Reporting child neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse
(513) 241-KIDS ((513) 241-5437)

Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center
Runaway/safe place for children and teens
(513) 961-4080

You may also call 911 or go to any hospital emergency room