The purpose of the Counseling Center is to be an extension of The Well Community Church pastoral staff, providing affordable and professional counseling from a Christian worldview in the Fresno/Clovis area.
We do not guarantee that counseling will solve all your troubles or that you will be happier at the completion of therapy; however, many people benefit from counseling and find resolution to specific problems, improving their outlook on life and allowing them to focus beyond themselves.
For more information, review our Frequently Asked Questions or call the Counseling Center at 559.325.8600.
LMFT = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MDiv = Master of Divinity
MA = Master of Arts
MFT Intern = Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Christine Field, LMFT Clinical Supervisor
Christine Field is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. She received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has many years of experience helping individuals find freedom from depression, anxiety, loss, grief, domestic violence, childhood trauma, anger, addictions, and marital issues. Christine’s approach to therapy is holistic and includes understanding how an individual’s past can influence current behaviors. She enjoys working with young adults, adults, and couples as they work through their current difficulties toward self-awareness, empowerment, and healing.
Patricia Behrens, LMFT
Patricia (Patty) Behrens is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in grief, trauma and all types of losses. She has experience helping others manage depression, anxiety, bipolar, addictions, trauma, grief and loss, marital, relational and family struggles, life transitions and mental illnesses. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and children. Patty approaches therapy by helping people heal from past wounds that affect the present and find balance mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Her personal journey through widowhood, single parenting and remarriage has helped her relate to others’ life struggles and understand the impact they have on relationships and families.
Laura Spera, LMFT
Laura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Science in Counseling for Marriage and Family Therapy at Fresno State University. As a seasoned therapist she has helped people find healing and wholeness through personal growth and illumination. She has worked with individuals, couples, families and children for over a decade. Her experience includes helping those who suffer from addictions, depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, grief, trauma, domestic violence and relationships issues. Laura’s approach to therapy works from Rogerian psychotherapy helping people find authenticity, wholeness, restoration, self- acceptance and meaning in their lives. She’s passionate about helping individuals discover how their life story and experiences impact them and their world view.
Dave Obwald MA, Conflict and Peacemaking Studies
Mediator / Conflict Coach
Dave Obwald graduated with his Master's Degree in Conflict and Peacemaking Studies from Fresno Pacific University. Dave has a passion for helping people live in unity with God and one another. A common assumption is that conflict always leads to negative outcomes of pain, alienation, tension, and confusion. What people fail to realize is that conflict can also lead to deeper understanding, growth in relationships, reconciliation, forgiveness and clearer communication. Often what keeps us from more positive outcomes can be a lack of vision, necessary tools or a constructive process to enter into. The mediation setting, or working with a conflict coach, creates a space where people can clarify the issues that are present and work toward a satisfactory resolution for all parties. Dave has seen transformation occur in individuals, couples, marriages, family members and students.
Jodi Mitchell, MFT Intern Completed 3,000 Hours
Jodi Mitchell is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, who has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a background in Recreation Therapy. She believes that establishing healthy boundaries and having a balanced lifestyle help foster emotional health. She specializes in helping individuals, couples, families, and children identify their emotions and work through cognitive distortions, utilizing a cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Jodi has experience working with individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, and phase of life issues. Throughout treatment Jodi encourages physical, spiritual, and emotional health, as well as a strong focus on the empowerment of each individual to promote healing.
Tracee Phanco, MFT Intern
Tracee is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern who loves to work with individuals and couples who desire to meet their greatest potential while discovering some of the patterns that hold them back. She has a specific passion for working with couples who want to better manage conflict and experience a passionate, healthy, and fulfilling relationship. She also enjoys working with individuals who long to find peace and freedom from anxiety, depression, grief, chronic stress, and relational difficulties. Tracee takes a systems approach to her clinical practice, believing that each of us are profoundly affected by our experiences and the community of individuals around us. She has been married for 19 years and has 4 children.
Christopher Kelm, MFT Intern
Christopher is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern providing counseling services to couples, families, individual adults, children, and adolescents here at The Well Counseling Center. Receiving an M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, from Fresno State, Christopher uses a structural and integrative framework and approach to psychotherapy and counseling. Christopher is here to help those who want to improve communication and patterns of interaction within various types of relationships, those who want to work through current stress, anger, depression, anxiety, grief and loss and gain tools to better manage these areas, those who want to gain insight and awareness within their lives and relationships, and those who are exhibiting behaviors in childhood and adolescence due to stress within their environment. Recognizing the courage it takes to reach out for help from another, Christopher brings care and compassion into his sessions to aid each client.
Rebecca Orchard, MFT INTERN
Rebecca is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who received her training at Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary. She has been married to her husband for 16 years and has two children ages 10 and 2. Becca has over 15 years of experience working with children and families during moments of stress, grief, palliative care, trauma, and medical crisis as a Certified Child Life Specialist in the hospital setting. In addition to working with children, Becca has a heart for helping anyone experiencing the transitions and losses life brings including: changes in career or relationships, family adjustments, and couples struggling with infertility and miscarriage. Her experience and training has developed a deep desire for children, families, and individuals to find the support and encouragement they need to live their preferred life story with confidence and grace.