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Faye Bonnick Counseling Center for Healing & Recovery

The Faye Bonnick Counseling Center for Healing and Recovery is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2017 in loving memory of Ms. Faye Bonnick and serves teens, adults, couples, and families to help them navigate through painful feelings, setting personal boundaries, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, sexual trauma, and sexual addiction through our certified and qualified counselors. 


We uniquely work to accommodate clients of various economic backgrounds, so everyone is able to access the clinical mental health therapy services they need to move through trauma and experience recovery.

Faye's Story

Faye was a strong believer and follower of Christ, who experienced her own personal journey of healing.  She believed that the process of healing from trauma and emotional brokenness is God’s way of leading us to “rivers of living waters” (John 7:38).  
 

Faye touched the lives of so many through family and friendship. She loved connecting with people and encouraged others to do the same. On January 5th, 2017, Faye passed away at the age of 69.  The Center was created by her children to honor her as a mother, grandmother, friend, and now “angel."

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Meet Our Counselors

We guarantee our counselor will be welcoming and kind. You can choose the one you would like to have your sessions with or we can recommend one for you based on your needs. Each of our counselors brings years of formal education, training, and expertise in their areas of focus. Our common goal is to help you and your loved ones move through trauma and addiction to a journey of recovery resulting in healing, improved mental health, and increased wellbeing

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Dr. Jeff Francis, Mental Health, Sexual Addiction Specialist

Therapeutic Speciality Area
 

  • Sexual Addiction

  • Betrayed Partner

  • EMDR Specialist

  • Trauma Specialist

  • Spiritual Growth

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Dr. Jeff is a highly sought-after psychotherapist specializing in Sexual Addiction, EMDR, and Trauma therapy. At Pembroke Counseling Services, Jeff specializes in mental health issues related to the individual and the couple impacted by Sexual/Pornography addiction, secret affairs, and traumatic events impacting their daily lives. He guides the exploration of the underlying causes that lead to unhealthy behaviors.

 

Jeff earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a Master’s in Theology from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. Jeff earned a Doctorate from Regent University with a dissertation focused on Sexual Addiction. Jeff has specialized training as a Sexual addiction therapist, Pastoral Sexual addiction therapist, Trauma therapist, and EMDR therapist.

Jeff has been privileged to study with Dr. Patrick J. Carnes, founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Jeffrey offers three-day intensive sessions for couples looking to restore and heal their relationships after intimate betrayal and/or sexual addiction.

Jeff is an Ordained Minister and was a former Pastor in the New England area for over 15 years.  His experience shows that bringing biblically grounded spiritual intervention to therapy is sometimes needed for people to realize total healing and restoration.

Jeff’s counseling sessions offer proven results for individuals struggling with mental health issues and couples rebuilding their marriages by discovering new ways of rebuilding their personal lives and marriages and negotiating the day-to-day challenges. He is also very proud to have been married to his college sweetheart for 25 years, and together they have raised three beautiful children.

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Latoya Wells, LPC, CSOTP (Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider)

Therapeutic Speciality Area
 

  • Porn addiction and sexual offenders

  • Couples therapy

  • Teen sexual recovery group

  • Anxiety

  • At-risk youth

  • Sexual relapse prevention

LaToya Wells, LPC, CSOTP, is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP) specializing in treatment for porn addiction and those with a sex offending history. Porn and inappropriate sexual urges do not have to run your life. Anxiety does not have to be permanent. However, to have healthy relationships and intimacy, you first need a healthy heart and mind.

 

You may not have been raised in the best home or with both parents. Your relationship choices and career path may not match the American dream, but if you're willing to shift your focus, you can find purpose through your pain and lessons from your losses.

 

If we partner in therapy, you'll learn to identify your triggers, create healthy boundaries for better relational and sexual experiences, and develop confidence in your ability to recover from stressful situations such as conflict, relapse, or anxiety flares. In addition, male teens can process their road to recovery and implement practical tools alongside supportive peers in our group setting.

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Candace Green - Counselor

Therapeutic Speciality Area
 

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Betrayed Partner

  • Spiritual Growth

  • Leadership Challenges

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If you find yourself emotionally worn out or stuck in weariness with no opportunities for growth and need life maintenance. I am here to offer you hope. I work with individuals and couples to help you overcome troubling experiences to find your inner strengths. I have provided pastoral assistance to individuals, couples, and groups during my 15 years in ministry.

My educational journey has now equipped me with psychotherapy and clinical tools that can provide possible treatments for unanswered questions and/or behaviors. I bring expertise in communication barriers, premarital counseling, self-esteem, and spirituality.

Today would be a great move in taking a step in a healthier direction. If only to see how things may be different!

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Robie Armbruster - Counselor

Therapeutic Speciality Area
 

  • Food Addiction

  • Childhood Trauma

  • Sex addiction

  • Substance abuse

Robert Armbruster (Robie) is currently pursuing his Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University. He holds a BA/MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (specializing in Psychology) and an MSc in Systems Technology from Naval Postgraduate School. He grew up in England, then served 24 years in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Officer. After eight years as a government contractor, he finally realized that his calling was in counseling. Robie is a member of the American Counseling Association and has experience working with sex addiction and substance abuse.

Robie is an elder in his church, where he leads a weekly Discipleship Class and directs the audio-visual component of worship. However, he enjoys working with clients of any faith, and clients with no religious conviction.

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Esther Aquino Levine - Counselor

Therapeutic Speciality Area
 

  • Aspires to specialize in trauma and play therapy

Esther Aquino Levine is an intern with the Faye Bonnick Counseling Center for Healing and Recovery. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She was influenced by her work as a mental health Clinic Manager for Pathways to Wellness in northern California and aspires to become a licensed professional counselor specializing in trauma and play therapy in the next stage of her career.

Currently, Esther is completing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Esther is a mom and a long-time resident of the Hampton Roads area. She enjoys traveling with her kids and a miniature Schnauzer named Thor.

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