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...

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


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


“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

“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.”



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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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