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Staff Counselors

Grace Counseling Ministries is a Christ-centered professional counseling Agency.  All of our counselors are born again believers that have a genuine faith in Jesus Christ and are committed to a local church body.  Each counselor has at least a Master's degree from an accredited college or university.  Our therapists are professionally trained for excellence and are committed to the spiritual and emotional growth of each client we see. 

In addition to our professional training our counselors are involved in local churches and have rich experience in ministry represented in teaching, preaching, Sunday school work, youth work, seminars, workshops and working with the disabled community to name a few.

Executive Team

David L. Brower, MSW, LCSW

Dave is the Executive Director of Grace Counseling Ministries.  He has been with Grace Counseling since 1995.  He graduated with honors from Northeastern Bible College, Nyack College and Fordham University. 

He has a diverse educational experience.  At Northeastern Bible College he earned his Associate degree in Religious Arts.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Nyack College, and his Master's degree was in Social Work from Fordham University.

Dave is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey.  He specializes in counseling people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, spiritual struggles, poor self-esteem, issues of past sexual abuse and helping couples work through various marital difficulties.  He also works extensively with adolescents and their families. 

Dave has an excellent understanding of scripture and biblical concepts and how they can be applied in counseling. As Dave says, "When you begin to see yourself through God's eyes, is when healing can begin..."

 

 

Mary R. Apol, M.Ed., LPC

mary picMary Apol has been a staff therapist at Grace Counseling Ministries since 1999.  She works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, marital and family counseling. 

Her previous experience in a hospital setting and in various social service agencies has provided Mary with a comprehensive range of skills that she brings to bear on each client's issues.

Mary's areas of expertise include self-esteem, anger, depression, anxiety issues, adolescent problems, various types of abuse, and addictions.

"If, through the Holy Spirit, I can help one person to understand their emotional pain and move beyond it by equipping them with life skills and increasing their resilience, then I feel I'm using my gifts in the way that God intended," says Mary.

By integrating Christian principles, she is able to bring hope and healing to people in distress.

 

 

Marielle (Pasquale) Franey, MA, LAC

Marielle is a staff therapist at Grace. She received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, NY. She has had the opportunity to learn as a therapist at Newark Beth Israel Hospital. Her experience there included people who suffered from depression, abuse, trauma, and anxiety. She also gained experience working with adolescents and families.

While earning her Masters Degree, Marielle worked in full-time student ministry for five years. During that time, she learned the importance of emotional safety and incorporating it with God’s grace. 

She has a passion to help others while integrating Psychology and Theology. “If I can provide empathy and understanding to those who are hurting, I feel that God can move in healing ways,” says Marielle. 

 

 

 

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"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."


Phillipians 4:7