Meet the Evergreen Team
Practicing in the southern New Jersey area for years, Susan K. Childers, LPC, provided counseling services and offered a safe haven for clients to process difficult life situations and issues. Recently, the need has expanded into Evergreen Counseling Network, a united group of unique professionals with additional specializations, services, and resources for the local community. This diverse group of counselors handles a variety of counseling issues with exceptional care and therapies. We each feel a calling to assist you on your journey of becoming a healthier you or a healthier family.
Each counselor is different in their experiences and education, but commonly bonded in their Christian Faith. We're proud to offer faith based integrated counseling upon request.
“Never concede to doing something so small that it could be accomplished entirely in your lifetime.” Ralph Winter
Susan K. Childers LPC, ACS, NCC
Susan K. Childers is a seasoned business professional in the mental health counseling field. She is a member of several national and state counseling associations, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Evergreen Counseling Network. She has had the privilege of offering counseling services, in a private practice to adolescents, individuals, couples, and families, by developing measurable outcome goals utilizing evidence-based practices to transform problem issues into healthier living. Her areas of specialization are: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, marriage/pre-marital, trauma issues for women, life transitions, relationship issues, career development, spirituality or faith-based option, and supervision for counselors.
Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Grove City College. Later, she pursued a Master’s degree in Counseling from Cairn University, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in marriage and family counseling. She has been teaching graduate level counseling courses at Cairn University for over 14 years. Currently, she teaches career counseling and continues to help develop and mentor graduate students and young professionals entering the counseling profession. She received her Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. Susan is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. New professional supervised groups are forming now. If interested email Susan.
Christine M. Bonaventura, LAC
Christine is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey and a member of the American Counseling Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Bucknell University, her Master of Science in Counseling from Cairn University and her professional certificate of Advanced Specialization in Counseling from Cairn University.
In addition to her education, Christine has experience as a residential counselor for troubled youth, an educator in the public-school system, and a leader of various women’s groups. With unique passion and skill in both counseling and education, Christine integrates the two seamlessly in the counseling relationship.
Over the years, she has counseled and taught adolescents, women, men, and couples to find hope and healing in various struggles and mental health issues. Whether dealing with past trauma, relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, grief, personality disorders, or career fulfillment, Christine creates and implements personalized treatment plans utilizing a variety of appropriate interventions. Christine’s approach is supportive and encouraging.
Christine continues to educate herself by attending conferences, reading the current research in therapy, and participating in both individual and group supervision.
Wendy Hughes, MSCC, LPC, CCTP
Wendy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (NJ Lic #37PC000581400). She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rowan University in 2010 where she graduated summa cum laude. She continued her education at Cairn University where she was awarded the Linda Babb Scholarship for academic excellence, a Master’s of Science in Counseling, and a certificate in professional counseling in 2013, which prepared for obtaining her professional license from the state of NJ.
She enjoys helping people with a wide range of challenges including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, marital conflict, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, family issues and more.
In addition, Wendy has specialized training from the University of Pennsylvania to specifically treat a variety of anxiety disorders (such as OCD) and is skilled in utilizing exposure and response prevention techniques. She has been successful in helping clients with OCD see reduction and even remission of their OCD symptoms.
Wendy has a background as a first responder and is experienced in treating the unique issues that come with being a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, EMT or combat veteran. She has an integrative approach to counseling, but her primary focus is cognitive and behavioral in nature. Wendy also offers a faith-based option (only by request as we honor all faith beliefs) for those who are looking to grow in their Christian faith, are struggling in areas pertaining to their faith or want counseling coming from a faith-based perspective.
Wendy uses an approach that is specifically tailored to the individual. The treatment can include evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), sometimes called Exposure and Ritual Prevention. Most importantly, Wendy Looks at the whole person, with a non-judgmental approach, and works with the client collaboratively to find relief.
Adriana Willey, LPC
Adriana Willey is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University. Adriana's experience is in counseling individuals, attachment counseling for adopted children and their families, and the integration of the Christian faith and psychology for healing. Her expertise is in the areas of anxiety, depression, relational trauma, and adoption. Adriana is a wife and mother to two biological sons and one foster daughter. Between counseling and her family, Adriana enjoys reading widely, book clubs, nature walks, friendships, her local church, and trying her hand at writing poetry.