Charlie Marquardt, MEd, MA, LPCA
Charlie Marquardt joined Agapé as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, serving clients in our Myers Park office. Hear her story in her own words!
“Never in all my years did I think I would become a counselor. I was a former teacher. I was a mom. I worked part time in the field of adoption. But counseling, that had never crossed my mind — until the Lord put me in a place where I began to wonder what I should do next. My children were growing older, my years as a stay at home mom were quickly coming to an end and I was looking for my next adventure. The Lord made it clear through my personal experiences that counseling was my next calling.”
“I began my Masters program with the intent of practicing Play Therapy with children. During my internship, I found that I loved working with adults of all ages just as much as I enjoyed my work with children. I loved working with families in transition and young adults trying to figure out their own “what’s next”. Showing up for work each day at the counseling center wasn’t hard — it brought me joy. Walking with my clients through difficult circumstances allowed me to see God’s goodness, His sovereignty, and His love for His people. We can’t change our history, but the Lord is faithful and good to us and He gives us all we need to make it through each day with dignity, grace and hope.”
“I believe that counseling is a practice of wellness. Whether life has been kind to you or has thrown you more curve balls than Nolan Ryan, counseling is a place where you can discover your inner strength to meet the challenges of life. Counseling is one of many ways the Lord works to bring emotional healing to our lives. I have seen firsthand how beneficial counseling is for every person who has the courage to ask for help through the therapeutic process.”
“My experiences in the counseling world have given me the opportunity to learn and practice Child Centered Play Therapy, directive Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I am trained in the Gottman Method of marriage therapy and I am a trained Prepare/Enrich facilitator. I work in the areas of adoption, grief and loss, life transitions, marriage and dating relationships, anxiety, and sports related anxiety and struggles. I count it a privilege to be able to walk alongside others as they work through their issues and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the clients at Agapé Christian Counseling.”
Charlie has obtained both a Masters of Arts in Clinical Health Counseling and a Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children and her cats. If she’s not on a long run, she’s probably backstage helping her daughter with costume changes at her ballet recitals, calling out encouraging words to her twins at a swim meet, or cheering on her son at a cross country or track meet.