Our Counselors


Counselors at LifeCare hold advanced degrees and have met or are pursuing various clinical affiliations, including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). 

All counselors are active members of local churches and offer their services in the context of the moral and ethical concerns of Christian faith and of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Supervision of pastoral counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers and consultation for clergy and interdisciplinary case consultation are regular components of the LifeCare program.

Speaking, teaching and leading seminars and conferences on a variety of topics are a regular part of the work of the LifeCare staff.  Student counselors either hold or are working on advanced degrees and are in the process of meeting AAMFT and/or AGPA requirements.

  Leigh Conver, Ph.D. 

Leigh Conver


 Leigh Conver is an ordained minister and pastoral counselor with three advanced degrees in pastoral counseling.  Married to Linda for forty years, the Convers have three adult children and three grandchildren. 

As a marriage and family therapist and group psychotherapist for over thirty-five years, Dr. Conver’s passions include: 1) working with couples who are trying to understand their relationship; and 2) enjoying the power of group therapy to help us change our brains and grow. 

A full-time professor of Counseling at a local Christian university, Dr. Conver maintains a small clinical practice at LifeCare Counseling Center and serves as the Clinical Director overseeing the counseling services of LifeCare.

Heather Brooks, MSSW
Marriage and Family Therapy Associate 

Heather Brooks

Heather Brooks specializes in pre-marital and marriage counseling, and working with adolescent females.  Her passion to become a Christian-based Marriage & Family Therapist began during her years in high school.  By integrating her undergraduate degree from Boyce Bible College with her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Louisville Kent School, she desires to be used by Christ as a tool to nurture people meeting them where they are in their lives.






Edward J. (Chip) Chrisman, MDiv / LMFT


Chip Chrisman

I find that as soon as my client recognizes or recalls even a smidgen of her/his competency, a personal resource, or positive characteristic, CHANGE begins.  Conversely, a person begins to feel “stuck” when losing sight of these strengths. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “…(God) won’t let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out…” 

I believe many struggles, like eating disorders, depression & anxiety, fears & phobias, and grief can begin to improve quickly once the hardest step is taken—setting up the first appointment. 

I am a Christian, and I work very hard to respectfully integrate current science and research into one’s faith (when applicable) so that mind, body, and soul may be as healthy as possible. 

My clients do not need to have my same beliefs in order to benefit from working with me. 

I maintain constant study in Ericksonian Hypnosis so that therapy will be as tailored, as useful, and as brief for the client as I can help it to be. 

I work with marital and pre-marital couples, individuals, and groups. 

                                                            Blessings in your journey,


Job Juarez


 Job Juarez, Spanish by birth and  Mexican by adoption, has always been curious about the integration of counseling as a tool for Christian ministry.  With a Social Psychology degree and a Seminary degree, both inMexico City, Job is currently working on his Masters in counseling degree fromCampbellsvilleUniversity.  Job, his wife Marcella, and their three (beautiful) cats live inMt. Washington,KY.


Job Juarez is an advanced MFT student with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana inMexico City. Job approaches therapy from a Systems perspective with a personal passion for an Existentialist understanding of our place in God’s creation.  As an ordained minister, he understands and encourages spiritual growth as part of his approach to therapy.  He enjoys working with families, couples and individuals. He is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in Portuguese.


 Jim Needler, MSSW/LCSW   Therapist, Counselor, Life Coach

Jim Needler

 Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana and Kentucky, graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana in 1975 and from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work in 1999. Jim and his wife, Debi, live in Louisville, have two adult sons and are members of the Walnut Street Baptist Church.

 Jim is trained and experienced in individual and group work with adults to help manage anxiety and depression, deal with issues of grief and loss, increase self awareness, improve relationship and coping skills and work toward personal goals.

 “Our families, our health and things that happen do affect us but it is largely what we believe and think about life and our lives and how we have learned to respond that produce our emotional states and behavior. These are concerns of the spirit and of the soul and they can be examined, changed or strengthened and that is what I can help you do.”

 Jim is also in network through the offices of Frager Associates at 7400 New LaGrange Rd, 502.426.4716 for those, who have concerns covered by the following insurance providers: Aetna, Magellan Health Services, United Behavioral Health/US Behavioral Health Plan, California/Life Era, Inc., Managed Health Network, or Medicare.

 Emily Phan



I feel honored to be in the helping profession.  I am passionate about the healing process tending to the whole person: physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional.  I joined LifeCare in 2008 and have had the privilege to be able to work with individuals, couples, and families from many different walks of life and across the age spectrum from children as young as eight to senior citizens.  I have also led Marriage Enrichment retreats in both Iowa and Kentucky.   I am excited about being able to help people make positive changes and experience more rewarding relationships.

I graduated from Campbellsville University in December 2008 with a Master of Science Degree specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy.  I also received my Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Christian Counseling from Boyce College in May 2006.  My husband and I have been married since the summer of 2005 and we welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world in February 2009.


Referrals to LifeCare are welcome from ministers, attorneys, social workers, other counselors, medical personnel, agencies, family members and friends.  A referral is not necessary to schedule an appointment.

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