First Pres offers a small coalition of Christian counselors we feel confident referring our members to for help. The counselors feel honored to serve you, providing a unique perspective of seeing how God, through the Gospel, redeems people through the darkest and most troubling times of their lives.
Andy Blanchard M.A., LMHC, NCC
Andy supports conflicted couples and individuals in their desire to preserve and strengthen their relationships. He provides an undying hope that your relationships can undergo restoration, because you are uniquely valuable.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over thirteen years of professional counseling experience, Andy works with individuals, couples, and groups. Andy works with adults in every stage of life and specializes in marriage and intimacy issues with couples in all seasons of their relationship. He is trained in several trauma resolution therapies including EMDR and takes an integrative approach to addressing both healing and restoration.
Andy has earned a Masters in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He is a National Certified Counselor and a Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida. Prior to a career in counseling, Andy earned a BA in Mathematics and Religious Studies from St. Olaf College.
Andy and his wife have lived in Central Florida for over 15 years. Together with their family, they are actively involved in their local church. You might also find Andy enjoying sailing, playing in a band, or creating something in his workshop.
Andy Blanchard, MA, LMHC, NCC
Discovery Counseling of Orlando, Inc.
West Orlando Office
14175 West Colonial Drive
Winter Garden, FL 34787
1180 Spring Centre South Blvd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Lynn Young, LMHC, NCC
Lynn is a lifelong, active member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and is committed to providing Biblically based counseling to adults, adolescents, and their families. She considers it a privilege and an honor to walk alongside others as they struggle to be all that God calls them to be in an often difficult and confusing world. Lynn works with all ages and especially enjoys working with parents who seek direction and support as they strive to raise healthy children in today’s fast paced society. Other areas of focus include addiction, trauma, life transitions, grief/loss issues, and relationship difficulties. The counseling process is about taking something that is broken or “not working” and changing it into something that God can use for his glory.
Lynn graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the state of Florida. She and her husband Scott have been married 20 years and are blessed with three teenage children.
1520 Lake Baldwin Lane, Unit B
Orlando, FL 32814
Dan Miller, MA, LMHC
Dan Miller is a native Floridian from the west coast of Florida and has lived in the Orlando area for 14 years. He was a classroom teacher for eight years. Three of those eight years he taught in Mexico City, Mexico while assisting in starting a church there. He loves spending time with his family and friends, and being in the outdoors. Dan holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the state of Florida.
Dan works with individuals, couples, and groups on the issues of relational struggles, fear, repressed anger, depression, addiction, shame, grief, divorce, and abuse recovery, and helps his clients discover how these issues relate to one’s growth into mature men and women. Dan’s passion is walking alongside others to find hope and change.
Florida Counseling Foundation
258 Wilshire Blvd.
Casselberry, FL 32707
Rachel Blackston, M.A., M.Ed.
Rachel is passionate about building meaningful relationships with her clients and believes counseling can be a life-changing experience where deep heart change occurs. She specializes in working with women dealing with relationship issues, depression, and anxiety, with a special interest in sexual abuse recovery, codependency, infertility, and gender identity. Rachel has developed an expertise in working with women who have been sexually betrayed by their husbands and serves as a therapist at the Women in the Battle weekend through New Life Ministries. In addition, she is trained in EMDR, an evidenced-based therapy that helps clients recover from past disturbing events that continue to impact their mind and body.
Rachel is a Qualified Supervisor for those seeking licensure as mental health counselors in the state of Florida. Beyond the counseling room, she serves as Adjunct Faculty at her alma mater, Reformed Theological Seminary and enjoys speaking in the community on topics such as gender, personality type, career development, and other counseling related issues. When she’s not counseling, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and daughter Hannah, who was a priceless gift after several years of struggling with infertility.
2562 Rouse Rd.
Orlando, FL 32817
J. Michael Blackston, M.A.
Michael has a passion to help others find wholeness in all aspects of life. Through his relational, yet practical approach, Michael enjoys working with a range of issues including trauma and abuse recovery, relationship issues, gender identity, masculinity and femininity, depression, and anxiety. Michael also works with men dealing with sexual integrity issues and travels the country with New Life Ministries where he leads men’s groups and has served as a facilitator for the Every Man's Battle workshops. In addition, he has been trained in EMDR, which treats past disturbing events or hurts that continue to impact a person’s functioning. Michael is a Qualified Supervisor for those seeking licensure as mental health counselors in the state of Florida.
Michael graduated with his Master’s degree in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife Rachel feel honored to work alongside each other in helping others clients find freedom in their lives. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and unwinds by running marathons and half-marathons.
2562 Rouse Rd.
Orlando, FL 32817
Sarah Milam, LMHC, ATR
Sarah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Registered Art Therapist. After attending Florida State University and earning a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy, she continued to pursue education and supervision to obtain her LMHC in Florida, in addition to the credential of Registered Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.
After graduating from FSU, Sarah and her husband lived and worked in Tallahassee for many years before relocating to Orlando. Sarah has experience with various ages, and settings, including work with children, teens, adults with issues related to anxiety, depression/mood issues, oppositional defiance, and other behavioral issues. Sarah currently works with children, teens, and adults using both counseling strategies as well as art therapy techniques to provide multiple avenues of communication, expression, and growth.
260 Lookout Place #209
Maitland, FL 32751
Dorcas Maria Cepeda, MA, MA. LMHC
Dorcas is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned two Master’s degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary, in Oviedo, FL Her Master’s degrees are in Counseling and in Biblical Studies. Dorcas’ Bachelor of Science degree is in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from St. John University in Queens, NY. Dorcas comes to the counseling profession with experiences in the Mortgage Finance field, the Business Accounting field and Administration in the Mental Health field (Office Manager, Practice Administrator and Clinical Supervisor). She also comes to the counseling profession with Church Ministry experience both domestic and overseas.
Dorcas believes that in life’s journey we experience personal and relational challenges that steal our hope and peace. Her counseling philosophy is to help restore hope by creating a safe and compassionate place to discover pathways to freedom and growth. She does this by identifying and affirming existing strengths and clarifying areas for personal growth. She also believes that her greatest contribution and accomplishment is walking alongside her clients in their journey to rediscovering hope again and witness the transformation of her clients. She is also able to incorporate a Christian worldview and Christian Spirituality into counseling sessions, upon the client’s request
Dorcas brings over 16 years of experience in the counseling field and enjoys working with families, individuals (Men and Women), children, teenagers and couples. (For a list of diagnosis she works with please email her.)
Dorcas is bilingual and able to conduct sessions both in English and Spanish. She is also a Florida Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns who are pursuing their Florida licensure.
1600 Robinson Street, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32803