Biblical Counseling


About Marla's Counseling Background

  • trained Biblical Counselor, graduated from Boston Baptist College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biblical Studies along with a Double Minor in Biblical Counseling & Cross-Cultural Ministries, May 2008
  • ACBC certified, March 2012

What Clients Are Saying...

“Before counseling, I realized I had a distant relationship with God.  I knew all the “Sunday school” answers; yet, I did not know how they personally related to me.  Marla not only walked me through what it means to be a child of God, but she also helped me actively pursue a better relationship with the Lord.  She assigned homework that eventually turned into a habit of studying the Bible more regularly than I had ever done.  I have Marla and those counseling sessions to thank for my steady growth in a relationship with God.” Amanda Rich

Marla is very capable of handling-through the direction of the Holy Spirit-many different needs and issues amongst women. She is not only a counselor for, say, marital problems, but she can also handle eating disorders and family problems. God has a gifted her with a wisdom that can only come from Him. She is smart and curious, very caring and compassionate, but can be tough as well!

Counseling helped me immeasurably! Through the truth of God’s Word and under the direction of the Holy Spirit Marla showed me how to renew my mind by putting off the old nature and putting on life in the Spirit and how surrendering to the Father leads to true freedom! There is freedom in obedience and surrender because our God is trustworthy and sovereign. I am no longer in bondage to my flesh and sin via food addiction and eating disorders and I am truly free like I haven’t been in years – maybe ever! Thank You, Lord, for Marla.


Marla is very sympathetic and patient with listening, but then redirects the focus to what Scripture says which has been helpful for me. I have always felt that there is something wrong with me, and on some level I still believe that. But, this experience has helped me realize that so many people struggle, it might just be in a different way, but we all do. 


I have a fresh understanding of my biblical identity. I (re)discovered freedom in my faith and don’t feel like I am under as much bondage that I was never meant to hold on to. Counseling made me feel safe and understood. I don’t feel as defensive, and don’t assume what people think of me. Relationship with my husband is much more open and intimate. We understand each other’s strengths and weakness so much more.


I feel that my faith and trust in God has grown significantly, resulting in being able to better control my anxiety. She provided great projects, techniques and scripture to help me get through my tough times. By the end of our sessions, I was so glad I had committed to doing this because I feel more confident and in control of my feelings, as well as closer to God.


“This is so much more than I ever expected in seeking counseling.” Anonymous

She displayed a wealth of care and understanding in her prayer time apart from our sessions and in the kinds of questions she asked. Also, the encouragement to pursue the purpose and passion Abba already placed in my heart. Marla was grounding in giving me support to forge through the strongest desires I’ve ever had that compromise my identity as a faithful wife to my husband. I am still learning what it means to weave through the shards of warfare and learn to find my sole identity in being Loved by the Father. 


Encouragement to pursue the purpose and passion Abba already placed in my heart. Marla was grounding in giving me support to forge through the strongest desires I’ve ever had that compromise my identity as a faithful wife to my husband. I am still learning what it means to weave through the shards of warfare and learn to find my sole identity in being Loved by the Father.


Counseling helped me to clarify what was causing my anxiety in my relationship (my own past and/or aspects of the relationship itself). It also helped me clarify the information I needed in order to make decisions about whether to move forward in my relationship now or in the future. Finally, it gave me a framework for making Godly decisions while at the same time understanding the areas in which there isn’t a single God-ordained answer and, in those situations, how to make choices that reflect who God made me uniquely to be. Anonymous

“It has been so helpful just to have someone to talk to about these things.” Anonymous

“I sought out Marla as my wife and I approached our 10th anniversary because of her emphasis on Biblical Counseling. In our 13 years together now, we’ve used couples counseling to strengthen and reaffirm our relationship three times, with this latest time being the most successful. When we began working with Marla, communication over money and the state of my self-started business improved significantly. I give our counseling with Marla credit for helping us experience the best two years of our marriage so far. I highly recommend her.” Barrett


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Philosophy of Biblical Counseling

A little about my Biblical Counseling Philosophy…

“Psychology reveals; Jesus heals.” -Marilyn Meberg

  • I personally believe that healing and health on every level is incomplete without the truth of God’s word and the healing power of the Holy Spirit at work in a believer’s life. Nothing compares to the transformation we experience at the innermost level when we approach God’s Word as our main tool to solve life’s problems.
  • The goals of biblical counseling are to help the counselee become the kind of person God desires them to be, and to use the circumstances of the counselee’s life as a starting point to teach them “how to think and act in a way that would please the Lord Jesus Christ.”[1]  Colossians 1:28 states, “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” God’s desire for the believer (and truly for every man) is that they can be presented to Him being perfect through the redemption of Christ.  Galatians 1:10 questions, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” The biblical counselor’s goal is for the counselee to ask, considering my actions, thoughts, and motives, am I pleasing God or man?  1 Corinthians 10:31 should be the believer’s anthem in life, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The goal of biblical counseling is for counselee’s to clearly see a vision of the person God desires them to be, and to begin to change within their current presenting circumstance.

    [1] Page 3, NANC On The Road Training Notes, Origin & Purpose of BC, Rev.2

Everything we discuss will be held in strict confidence according to the Biblical Counseling Consent form you will receive before your sessions begin.
What You Can Expect
Encouragement towards Christ-likeness: I will celebrate and encourage you in your success, and exhort you to think and act in a way that honors God.

Practical skills for spiritual growth and development: I will equip you and teach you how to handle your situation using God’s Word and strategies that apply to your unique circumstances.

What I Expect
I expect your honesty. It is incredibly difficult (nearly impossible) to help you if you are not 100% honest with me.

Do your growth projects. I only assign projects, reading and action steps that I truly believe will produce biblical change and that will benefit you.

Online Sessions
All full counseling sessions are currently offered online via Skype or Zoom Conference Calls.

If you are seeking a Biblical Counselor to meet in person, please begin by looking here: ACBC-Biblical Counseling

Health Insurance
Marla Stanley is not affiliated with any insurance groups and does not participate with health insurance. If you are seeking a counselor who is accepted by your insurance, please contact your insurance provider.

Please see your personal FSA (Flex Savings Account) guidelines and policies to see if you are able to use funds for counseling services.

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