About Us

  Rhonda         Dr. Mike          Ginna                 Rick                        

Christian Counseling Associates of Raleigh is a Christian-based credentialed marriage counseling practice. We serve couples, individuals and families with proven relationship counseling methods, all presented with a Christ-centered perspective.  For married couples who are struggling with issues such as past hurts, communication and conflict issues, infidelity, financial pressures, parenting challenges, intimacy or trust issues, managing balanced families, or other challenges we welcome the opportunity to be of service to you.

Mike & Rhonda Dr. Mike Garrett PhD, Dmin, LPC and Rhonda Garrett MA, LPCA,  our Directors, have many years of professional experience in counseling as well as extensive backgrounds as authors, lecturers and pastoral counselors. Both are associated with leading professional organizations and Christian counseling associations. Their educational training includes degrees in Christian & Biblical counseling and family therapies.

As a married couple for over 40 years, with several decades of combined experience, and extensive Biblical knowledge and teaching backgrounds, Dr. Mike and Rhonda are especially qualified to provide their clients with strong counsel presented with a Christian mindset and background.

Rick McKoy, M.A., LPCA is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate with a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Rick has had counseling experience in life adjustments, communication skills, conflict resolution, relational issues, depression, anxiety, and vocational assessment/decision-making. The areas he is most passionate about and focused on are marriage, pre-marital, family and career counseling.

Ginna Bustle, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who brings over 30 years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples. She earned her Masters degree in social work from Boston University, and has worked in a variety of settings including as an intensive in-home family therapist, as a outpatient therapist, and as a parent educator.

Like most other practices, we offer regularly scheduled appointments

  • To allow couples and individuals to make methodical progress in addressing and overcoming their marriage challenges.
  • Like a few practices, we conduct  Couples Intensives – where couples in crisis receive the full efforts of licensed counselors for many hours over a continuous 3-day period.
  • Unlike most practices, we also offer marriage- & family-enhancement events and programs for churches and other groups, to help participants get the practical insights they need to build a stable, enjoyable marriages and families.

As dedicated followers of Jesus Christ, we integrate Biblical teachings and practices into our counseling where appropriate. But this does not mean that our clientele is limited to Christians. We are glad to see anyone who is teachable and seeking counsel. 

As members in good standing of the American Association of Christian Counselors we endorse and are bound by the AACC Code of Ethics.  (We encourage you to review this entire document if you wish to learn more.)

Among its requirements is The Consent for Biblical and Spiritual Practices in Counseling (1-330) which states:

Christian counselors do not presume that all clients want or will be receptive to explicit spiritual Judeo – Christian interventions in counseling and therefore, obtain consent that honors client choice, receptivity to these practices, and the timing and manner in which these elements are introduced . This includes, but is not limited to the following:  (1) prayer for and with clients;  (2)  Bible reading and reference; (3) spiritual meditation; (4) the use of biblical and religious imagery or music; (5)  assistance with spiritual formation and discipline; (6) incorporation of  fasting in the treatment plan as a spiritual discipline; and (7) other common spiritual practices.

If you or someone you care about have need of experienced, effective, empathetic marriage counseling, we will be honored to share a few moments and discuss the ways we may be of service to you.