Psychiatrists

C. Britt Beasley, MD

Dr. Beasley holds an MD and MS in neuroscience from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency training in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and is board certified in psychiatry.  He currently holds positions at the Corporal Michael Crescenz Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches medical students and psychiatry residents.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in biology, he became interested in biblical counseling during an internship focused on practical theology at his church in Chapel Hill.  He is currently a member of 10th Presbyterian Church where he teaches Sunday school and leads a small group Bible study with his wife, Cori.

Dr. Beasley's particular clinical areas of interest include anxiety, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder.  He especially enjoys working with young adults though does not treat patients younger than 16 years old.  He is certified in buprenorphine (Suboxone) management of opiate use disorders.  He has substantial experience treating psychotic and post traumatic stress disorders.  He provides both counseling and medication management services as appropriate.  

 

John Applegate, MD

Dr. Applegate is a board certified psychiatrist. He majored in Psychology and East Asian Studies at Bucknell University. He received his M.D. from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he continues to teach residents and medical students.

He has been in private practice and working at the hospital since graduating in 2005. He has also spent several years working in a local university counseling center.  John is a ruling elder at his local urban church where he and his family are thankful to live in gospel community.

Dr. Applegate’s areas of interest and experience include, but are not limited to: anxiety, mood, attention deficit, psychotic, sleep, and personality disorders.  He has competency in several therapeutic strategies but has an even greater passion for redeeming the practice of these in a gospel framework.

 

 

Counselors and Therapists

Bonnie Currie, MA

Bonnie holds a M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, a M.S. in Post-Secondary Education from Troy University, and two bachelor degrees from the University of Georgia. Bonnie has extensive experience working with children and adolescents – as a counselor, high school teacher, and youth-ministry leader – and has also led groups for her church and actively involved in women's ministry. Bonnie and her husband Chris are members of City Church, where Chris is an assistant pastor

Bonnie’s areas of interest and experience include but are not limited to: children and adolescents, depression, anxiety, and women’s issues.

 

Dina Previti, MA

Dina received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cedarville University, a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Seminary, and 3 certifications in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling Education Foundation. With clients ranging from ages 3-87 and counseling in various settings such as schools, churches, and a medical family practice her experience allows her to counsel a variety of issues. She currently counsels in Philadelphia and Wayne, PA and teaches two lay counseling courses entitled How People Change and People Helping People.  In 2013 she established and directed the Care Center in partnership with a church on the Main Line.

Her experience in counseling couples, young adults, teenagers, and women has allowed her to specialize in topics such as depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, and crisis counseling.

 

Esther Lee, LPC

Esther is a licensed professional counselor with the state of Pennsylvania. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College after receiving a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has also pursued further education at Westminster Theological Seminary. She has a diverse background and areas of expertise, having worked in inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation, outpatient community mental health centers, and for Redeemer Counseling Services. 

Esther’s areas of interest and experience include but are not limited to: substance addiction, depression, anxiety, anger, bereavement, self-image and identity issues, relationship issues, pre-marital and marital counseling.

 

Jeff Stark, MDiv

Jeff graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary.  Jeff has over 30 years of experience in biblical counseling, and practices in several locations in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Jeff started his counseling career as a staff counselor in the early 1980's with the Christian Counseling and Educational Center.  Through the late 1980's to the present Jeff has been the Director and Counselor for the Life Enrichment Christian Counseling Center. Throughout those same years Jeff has spoken at many Christian retreats and conferences on a wide variety of individual, marital and family issues.  Additionally, he equips local churches through The Gospel Seminar.  He has also served as an elder for many years, most recently in a suburban church body that he and his wife of 36 years, Donna, have joined.

Jeff’s areas of interest/experience include but are not limited to: depression, fear and anxiety, and relational issues. He has a special interest in marriage counseling (especially those marriages suffering from sexual unfaithfulness) and pornographic addiction.

 

Michael Gembola, LPC

Michael Gembola has served as counselor since completing degrees in Biblical Studies (MAR) and Counseling (MA) at Westminster Seminary. He has continued education at Biblical Seminary, receiving a Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling, and is completing the final stages of state counseling licensure. In addition to counseling, he is Director of Congregational Care and Discipleship at City Line Church and is under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery (PCA).  He is also a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary.  

Michael has offered counseling for couples and individuals of life stages from adolescents to seniors, and for a broad range of counseling concerns.  Some areas of special focus are ministry leader issues, career transitions, religious OCD, and marriage restoration after affairs.

 

Phil King, MA

Phil completed his Master of Arts in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA and is working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Phil holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and he completed his counseling internship at Student Health and Counseling Services at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and his practicum at the City School High School.  He is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner.  Phil has worked with Serge, a mission sending agency, where he mentored college students as they prepare for and debrief from their cross-cultural internships. 

Phil enjoys working with individuals at various life stages, including singleness, pre-marital and marital counseling.  Additionally, Phil has a special interest in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety and identity.

 

*Counseling by interns receiving supervision is also available for a reduced rate.

 

Health Coach

Christe Lee, MS

Christe was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate Chemistry major at Lehigh University, she trained in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo, which set her on a path of exploring faith, fitness and health. After a year teaching English in Tianjin, China, she came to Philadelphia, where she began to be involved in various Christian urban ministries. Along with her husband Kyuboem Lee, Christe helped to plant Germantown Hope Community Church in Northwest Philadelphia.

In 2010, she started teaching group fitness classes and providing personal training at the YMCA, where she has been able to live out her passion to help others reach their fitness goals and adopt healthy life patterns. Christe’s growing interest in the connection between health, wellness, and Christian spiritual well being led her to enroll in the Master of Exercise Science with emphasis in Fitness and Health Promotion at California University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in May 2016. She currently manages the healthy café and directs the fitness programming at Esperanza Health Center, a Christian medical ministry mainly serving the Hispanic communities in Philadelphia. Christe holds numerous group fitness certifications, and is a certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Her vision is to pursue a holistic Christian philosophy of physical and spiritual wellness which incorporates fitness regimens and spiritual disciplines, and which provides holistic life help to people today, particularly in matters of stress management, healthy eating, and physical activity.