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Collegedale Church Counseling Center


Counseling services are provided by the church to support individuals in their spiritual and emotional development. We see this as an integral aspect of ministry and an effort to carry out the biblical command to "bear one another's burdens."


There are many reasons people choose the option of counseling for growth. Some have gone through serious losses, which are overwhelming, and they need support to work through the grieving process. Others may have interpersonal or interpersonal relationship difficulties, and they need someone outside of the relationship that can view the situation objectively, helping them to develop new relationship skills and patterns. Others are on a spiritual, emotional growth journey, and they need someone to guide and support them as they try on new ways of being. There are no absolute guarantees in counseling. However, we have found that counseling is most productive when it is a working collaborative effort between the counselee and the counselor, where both actively contribute to the process.


Services Include:

  • Individual Counseling

  • Premarital Counseling

  • Marital Counseling

  • Family Counseling

  • Children and Adolescent Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Psycho-education


Our counseling service is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of professional skill commensurate with our training and experience. Through dialogue, we will help you think through your issue or concern. We will facilitate your exploration of your personal dynamics or relationships dynamics that are troubling you. We may suggest reading, activities and other homework assignments to expose you to new options or other ways of relating. Through the whole process, we will encourage, guide, challenge and support you in your personal counseling goals.


We adhere to a biblically based counseling model and theories that fit within that worldview. We espouse that all people no matter what their circumstances in life are children of God. His grace is granted to all of us for forgiveness, for healing, growth and the ability to live an abundant life. Through the gift of hospitality, we will seek to bring the principles of the healing power of the gospel to each counseling relationship. Together we will explore God's action in your life.


Ethical Guidelines

As church based ministry, we adhere to the ethical guidelines of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling and the American Counseling Association. If you request, a copy of these guidelines can be provided.



We honor an individual's need for privacy and confidentiality and our bound by the same ethical standards of other counselors in this matter.


We are a church based ministry. As a ministry, we endeavor to make counseling financially feasible for those seeking our assistance. A One hour session is $30.

For An Appointment

Call (423) 236-7122

Evie Nogales Baker, LCSW
Mary Grant, LMSW

Evie Nogales Baker, LCSW is an Assistant Professor for the Social Work and Family Studies Department for Southern Adventist University. Mrs. Baker also contracts with the Counseling Center, Partnership for families, children and adults serving the Hispanic population with crisis issues.


Mrs. Baker is a graduate from Southern Adventist University (2000) where she graduated with a double major in Social Work and Psychology and obtained her MSSW from the University of Tennessee of Knoxville. Her specialties include Anger Management, Behavioral problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Anxiety, Couple and Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, and Parenting Issues. Mrs. Baker has nine years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults.


Married in 2001 to Nathan Baker, they are currently enjoying the adventures from their first child, born in 2006.

Sherilyn Lacy, LPC-MHSP

Sherilyn Lacy, LPC-MHSP and certified EMDR therapist, completed her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in September, 2013 at Southern Adventist University. She has experience counseling people struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, marital and family conflict, post-traumatic stress, and other issues. Sherilyn’s special interest is engaging people’s hearts in their own healing journey and encouraging them to practice compassion toward themselves and others. She says, “A lot of the emotional pain I experienced in my own life before beginning my healing journey was because I didn’t know how to treat myself compassionately.” 

Sherilyn offers individual therapy for adults. The foundation of her approach to counseling is a belief in a loving, present, and powerful God. The counseling theory she most incorporates in her counseling approach is the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Theory, the theory upon which Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is based. Sherilyn completed her EMDR Therapy training in March, 2016. She integrates elements of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, family systems theory, and other theories in her counseling. She currently practices at Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists Counseling Center and at Center for EMDR Therapy in Chattanooga.

Nona Kelly, LMFT, Therapist

Mary Grant is the Social worker for Sharon Senior Services Assisted living and adult day care centers in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee. She provides extensive and intensive services for clients and caregivers, such as counseling to achieve goals and reduce stress related challenges during life changes, advocacy for service procurement, medical and psychological interactions with community based agencies to increase the wellbeing of clients’ mind and body. 


Mary is a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor degree in Social Work. She then matriculated to The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she achieved her MSSW with a concentration in clinical Social Work. Mary enjoys working with all population and is passionate about the mentally challenged.  Mary’s knowledge, skills, and abilities extends to crisis intervention, family issues, emotional and behavioral problems, child and adult abuse and neglect, parenting issues, anger management, and group processing, as well as domestic violence focusing on coping and intervention, animal social work; helping individuals deal with the lost or ailment of a pet. Mary has over 5 years experience of working with children, adolescent, and adults who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and mental retardation. Mary is committed to culture and identity diversity. She is a certified crisis and disaster intervention specialist.


Her most valued experience is that of been a parent to an adolescent which has provided great experiences to work with other parents, children, and adolescents. Mary believes that each individual possesses the ability to achieve their goals through self will, opportunities, and resources.

Lorri Merchant, PhD, LCSW

Lorri Merchant, LCSW is the Masters of Social Work Program Director and an Associate Professor for the School of Social Work at Southern Adventist University.

Lorri received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southern Adventist University in 1994 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with her Master of Social Work degree. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for almost 20 years.

Lorri’s knowledge skills and abilities extend to crisis intervention, grief and loss counseling, mental health issues (particularly depression and anxiety), as well as marriage and family intervention. She utilizes a short-term approach and employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Solution Focused Therapy.

Married for over 20 years, Lorri has two teenage children and three dogs. She is passionate about helping people. She enjoys time with her family, arts and crafts and interaction with her students.

Nona Kelly has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2001. She obtained her  undergraduate degree in 1996 from SAU, and her graduate degree at Loma Linda University in 1998. She has experience in both the private sector,  owning her own practice for 7 years, as well as having worked with a few counties in  behavioral health. Her greatest pleasure in being a therapist is watching an individual realize what needs to change and finding the courage to make that change. She moved from California in 2017 and currently lives in the Cleveland area. 

Bill Kelly, LMFT, Therapist

Bill Kelly has a Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy. He graduated from California State Fullerton in 1997. He has over 15 years experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including juvenile hall and the foster care system. He is also a certified School Psychologist. Bill enjoys working with individuals and families.

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