Dr. Sharon Thompson
Director of Counseling
It has been my honor for the past 20 years to walk with individuals and families through tough situations and to offer help and hope. I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with adoption and foster care certifications, infant mental health certifications, TBRI and Theraplay training. I am also certified in EMDR therapy for PTSD, Gottman marriage counseling and have extensive experience in working with survivors of trauma. In addition, I have worked for the past 20 years, with children and adults with ADHD. I count it among my greatest privileges to sit with someone and hear their story. I stand ready and willing to listen to your story and to help you rewrite it into the story that God dreamed for you a long, long time ago.
"For as a man thinks within himself, so he is." Prov. 27:3
After spending over 25 years in Christian ministry, my passion to help others holistically (soul, body, and spirit), led me to the mental health field. Married for 23 years, with two daughters and one grandchild, I devote my time to helping others to reach a healthier, happier, and more purposeful life.
Each session is tailored to fit each person's unique needs including the following therapy approaches: Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution (ART), Solution-Focused Brief (SFBT), and Gottman method and Life Coaching. I eagerly anticipate helping clients with Relationship Problems, Grief, Anger Management, Marital/Family/Pre-marital conflicts, Self-Esteem, Traumatic Memories, Stress Management, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Personality Disorders.
- Population Served: Adults (18+), Couples, Families,
- Language: English or Portuguese.
- Education: M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling,
A.S. in Practical Ministry.
- Additional Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and Trauma-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).
The struggle is real, but so is Jesus!
Life has a way of throwing us curveballs of spark fear, anxiety, trauma, and depression that can make our thoughts spin out of control. However, God said clearly in Isaiah 41:40, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” The good news is that we don’t have to do life alone! I am here to listen to your story and walk with you as you continue to write the next chapter that brings fulfillment and love through Jesus Christ.
Twenty years of experience working with children and adolescents have taught me that no single issue can be dealt with in isolation. I believe in a holistic, integrative approach to counseling that revolves around the whole person. Together, we will identify your concerns and approach them with a combination of therapeutic practices and scripture. I have training in cognitive-based therapy (CBT), Theraplay and play therapy techniques, art-informed therapy techniques, and trauma-based relational intervention (TBRI). I’m excited to work with people and families of all ages and backgrounds as we walk through this journey of healing and wellness together.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28
Life can be hard, and it is not fair. We have a real enemy and live in a broken world. The very good news is that we have a creator who made us to be loved and redeemed. He is our rescue and hope. He knows our story and He is for us. All His promises are yes and amen. Counseling can be very beneficial in helping to develop a coherent narrative that includes all your experiences and memories, both good and bad. I count it the highest honor to hear your story and to encourage you that God is in it. No matter what you have experienced, God can transform you from the inside out. It is possible to reframe your narrative and to be secure in God’s unfailing love for you.
“'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.'” – Jeremiah 29:11-13
It is my sincere hope and prayer for you that you can break through whatever adversity you face and walk into the Light of the Lord and the beautiful life He has laid out before you. When you are shrouded in darkness, it can seem like there is only darkness but Jesus says, “ I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” You are His child and you are loved!
“Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who holds all things in His hands.” - Elisabeth Elliot
It is my honor to serve you as you seek healing and I pray that your time at Faith & Hope will be impactful not only in your healing but in your knowledge of the grace, love, and care of Christ. I am so grateful to be the first voice to welcome you into counseling. We exist to serve you and graciously guide you to the One who gives lasting hope and peace.
Mindy Von Ansbach Young
Mindy Von Ansbach Young
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3
There is no better way to answer the questions of: “What am I doing as a counselor?” and “how am I doing what I do?” than with the aforementioned verse. All my life experiences (both good and bad), and my training (both as a counselor and as an engineer) have been and are being used by GOD to help “the poor, broken hearted, captive, bound, and mourning – whether they be young or old, married or single, female or male etc.
Originally from Ghana and having lived in Iowa City, IA and Columbia, SC before coming to Pensacola; I have a variety of experiences to draw from, in addition to my counseling training (even my background in civil engineering), that will help me point you towards true, lasting healing. I have training and experience with children, couples, individuals and families and welcome the opportunity to help you.
Mindy Von Ansbach Young
“I have been in public service my whole career but have always felt like I was being led to do more. I believe that strong families are the cornerstone of a thriving community, and as Christians it is our duty to follow Matthew 5:14 and be the light of the world. When we falter and are not exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit due to personal trouble or trauma as outlined in Galatians 5:22, what better way to receive a spiritual tune up than through Christ centered counselling. Having worked with disadvantaged children and families, as well as adults suffering from severe acute and chronic mental health crises, I have found that my ability to connect with them on a human level and remain open minded is one of my greatest strengths as I help them identify and develop strengths to cope with their challenges. All burdens are not meant to be dealt with alone. When someone is reaching out for help, I’m happy to provide assistance and demonstrate that where two or three are gathered in My name, there I am.”
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Maybe you are feeling weary and burdened right now. You are not alone. I know that the challenges in our lives can oftentimes become overwhelming. My belief is that it is only when we seek God and fall on Him that we can find true healing. I have a background in childhood education and have also worked with adolescents and adults. It would be my great privilege to meet with you and work together with you toward your treatment goals. There is hope! There is help! My prayer is that your time at Faith and Hope Counseling Center would promote your faith in God and your sense of well-being.
"It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure." Psalm 18:32.
God shapes and prepares us to play a unique role in each step of our lives. He gives us purpose. Every moment we experience in life prepares us for the next part of our journey. Sometimes, that experience is seeking assistance. Whether that assistance requires encouragement and hope during hard times or more in-depth therapy, I am here to help.
I am a Trauma Therapist and am certified in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), MESE (Managing Emotional States Effectively), and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
I am experienced/trained in Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Adolescent/Adult individual and group therapy. I continue to learn new techniques in order to provide the best services to meet my client's needs.
Graduate of Troy University 2021
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
I have worked with clients from young children to adults and senior citizens. I utilize numerous therapy techniques, such as CBT, DBT, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, TBRI, EMDR as well as ART or Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I have experience treating clients who struggle with: Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety/Stress, Addictions, Behavioral Problems, Relational Difficulties to include Marriage /Partner Counseling. I also offers Christian Counseling which is Biblically based.
My passion for working with clients is to enable them to obtain the life they desire to live. A full and abundant life can often be found through, correcting negative thought patterns, boundary setting, use of coping skills, mindfulness, and grounding techniques. I work alongside my clients to develop positive, affirming life skills which empowers them to obtain the life they long for and deserve.
I graduated from Troy University with a Masters in Professional Counseling. Leslie also has an additional Masters from Liberty University in Human Services - Marriage and Family. I attended Bible College in Honolulu, Hawaii at New Hope Christian College and have a bachelor’s degree in Theology. I also have many years of experience in the medical field first as an LPN and as a Medical Sonographer.
If you are ready to live the life you long for, please call to set up an appointment today.