“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
It Matters That You're Here
Our hearts, minds, and bodies often remind us that there is a real gap between the dignity of our design and purpose and the broken circumstances, relationships, and suffering we find ourselves in. We can all name moments in our stories that bring profound pain, shame, and fear to our experiences. This tells us that things are not as they should be.
Our best attempts at filling in the gap can look like spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical suffering that leaves us feeling exhausted, defeated, and at times hopeless. We imagine you have come here because you have tried to fill in the gap the best ways you know how, but the pain, shame, and fear have become unmanageable.
If you find yourself feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life or if you simply want to understand yourself and your story better, Orangewood has a mental health counselor on staff who provides individual, couples, and family therapy for a variety of struggles.
Our counselor is also available as a resource to connect you to other counselors in the area with various specializations. Please do not hesitate to reach out for an initial consultation.
How We Can Help
Mental health counseling can help with a wide variety of struggles including:
- Anger, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts or feelings
- Feelings of shame and self-contempt
- Recovery from complex trauma and relational abuse
- Sexuality identity, orientation, and gender-related distress
- Unwanted sexual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Chronic illness or diagnosis stress
- Minority stress and racial trauma
- Spiritual confusion, doubt, or abuse
- Vocational and ministry burnout or stuckness
- Premarital counseling
- Marital, parenting, or family distress
- Grief and loss
- Substance abuse and addictive behaviors
- Academic, career, and workplace stressors
About Our Counselor
Originally from Miami, Jennie, IMH21356, holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, Religious Studies, and Film from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Prior to joining staff at Orangewood, Jennie worked at RTS and Pathway Learning ministries as a media content creator while pursuing her seminary studies and fighting a debilitating chronic illness.
During her time in seminary, Jennie had the opportunity to speak and teach at different churches, conferences, and retreats, sharing from her experiences with suffering, and has taught on gender and sexuality. She is passionate about working with individuals who have suffered long-term complex relational trauma and those burdened by gender distress and sexual brokenness.
Her Cuban background and time growing up in Miami have shaped her to have a multicultural perspective when it comes to counseling, along with her experience working with clients from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. If you're interested in counseling or simply setting up an initial consultation, click on the button below.
The initial consultation for Orangewood members is completely free. After that, the suggested donation to meet with our counselor is $75 per session, but money should never keep anyone from getting the help they need. Just ask Jennie about the available options or set up an initial consultation by clicking the link below!
In addition to Orangewood’s counselor, the church has close ties to Journeys Counseling Center, a Christian private practice in Maitland that provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling.
Toughest People to Love by Chuck DeGroat
Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing by Jay Stringer
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Dan Allender
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson
Fully Alive by Larry Crabb
Embodied Hope by Kelly Kapic
Suicide and Crisis Help
Help is available 24/7.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please do not hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Crisis Text Line
In a crisis? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. You can reach out at any time.Click to text