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REV. MONICA HARBARGER, MA, NCC, LPC-S

REV. MONICA HARBARGER, MA, NCC, LPC-S

Executive Director

Monica earned her Bachelor’s as well as her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama. She worked in the field of mental health including a mental health center as well as psychiatric units in a local hospital for a number of years. She entered ministry as full time youth pastor in 2004 where she accepted her call into ordained ministry. She did her graduate theological work through Asbury Seminary and was the associate pastor at Pleasant Hill UMC in McCalla while serving as a contract counselor for United Counseling. Monica was ordained as a Deacon in the North Alabama Conference in 2011.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as clergy, Monica is able to offer a unique perspective to faith in mental health issues. She loves to work with adolescents as well as adults in issues of faith, mood disorders, personality disorders, interpersonal relationships and boundaries. It is an honor to sit with an individual and hold their story, if only for a moment, as the journey of life and faith intersect. Monica works primarily out of the Canterbury site but also sees clients monthly at the Pleasant Hill UMC satellite space in McCalla.

Monica shares life with her husband Joey and their two children, Sarah and Harrison. Her favorite pastimes include Netflix and cat videos.

 

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REV. RACHEL A. JULIAN, M.D.

REV. RACHEL A. JULIAN, M.D.

Pastoral Psychiatrist

Rachel Julian is an ordained United Methodist minister from the North Alabama Conference who joined our staff in 1989. She is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her training includes an M.D. degree from Washington University Medical School; M.Div degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, and Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. Julian has taught as an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical School, and is a Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Dr. Julian has served as an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama Medical Center since 1984.

Dr. Julian sees patients on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at our Canterbury location.

DR. JONATHAN DAVIS, LMFT, CFLE

DR. JONATHAN DAVIS, LMFT, CFLE

Counselor

Jonathan Davis is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. After two and a half years working as a missionary in Russia, Jonathan pursued graduate education at Abilene Christian University and earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he concentrated in marriage and family therapy. In his doctoral program, Jonathan received specialized training in Medical Family Therapy in Rochester, New York before teaching at Samford University in 2002. Jonathan and his colleagues have presented at several national and regional conferences and local workshops. He has published articles in the Journal of Systemic Therapies, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Family Relations and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Jonathan has counseled individuals of many different races, and couples and families of many types. He especially enjoys working with children and their parents, and has led support groups for families with gifted children. In counseling sessions, Jonathan helps families build on their strengths and use their resources to grow in challenging times. Jonathan’s area of specific training and experience include step-family adjustment, divorce, grief, exceptional children and helping families with religion, health and trauma. As a Certified Family Life Educator, Jonathan is also available to speak to groups on these topics and others. Jonathan sees clients at our Canterbury location.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys ham radio, archery, jogging, family history and spending time with his wife and four children.

ELAINE W. RUSSELL, ED.S., LPC

ELAINE W. RUSSELL, ED.S., LPC

Counselor

Elaine earned her MA in counseling from the University of Alabama and an Ed.S. in counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Before coming to United Counseling she was a counselor for the Chilton Shelby Mental Health Center in Clanton, and at Cheaha Mental Health Center in Sylacauga. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, she taught school for 21 years in Alabama and Tennessee and was a School Counselor in the Jefferson County School System. Elaine sees clients at our Canterbury location.

Elaine lives with her husband at Lay Lake in Shelby County. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

REBECCA PAUL, M.ED., MCC, ALC

REBECCA PAUL, M.ED., MCC, ALC

Counselor

Rebecca Paul is an Associate Licensed Counselor with United Counseling and currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and her Master of Education in Couples and Family Counseling from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, and is a National Certified Counselor. Rebecca sees clients at our Canterbury and Asbury locations.

Rebecca volunteers with her church’s youth group in her spare time. When she is not working, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, travel, listen to podcasts, and hang out with her cats.

STEPHEN LONG

STEPHEN LONG

Counselor

With 20+ years experience as a mental health therapist, and with graduate degrees in Counseling from both the University of Montevallo and UAB, Stephen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral and Brief Solution focused therapy. Stephen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Stephen lives with his wife and three girls, all of whom keep him very busy. If he is not doing something band related (all three of his girls), then you will probably find him thinking about or planning a trip to DisneyWorld.

NATALIE TWIGGS

NATALIE TWIGGS

Office Manager

Natalie joined United Counseling in December of 2017 as our office administrator. You’ll meet Natalie at our front desk or on the phone. She will assist in pairing you with the counselor that best meets your specific needs, and can help answer any questions you may have about United Counseling.

When she isn’t at the office, Natalie loves to spend time with her boyfriend and their two dogs having new adventures traveling anywhere and everywhere their Jeep takes them!

Family Favorite Award - Birmingham Parent 2021

United Counseling Honored by Birmingham Parent

We are honored to be the 2021 Birmingham Parent Family Favorite Counseling Service. As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, and we have been providing faith-based professional counseling for more than 45 years.

WE'RE QUALIFIED TO HELP

Our counselors provide marriage, family, group, and individual counseling. We can help with issues spanning from anxiety to grief.

Call us at (205) 824-8320 or complete this form to send a message.

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350 Overbrook Road Mountain Brook, AL 35213

(205) 824-8320

office@unitedcounseling.org

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