The gospel doesn’t just tell us that the world around us is broken—its assurance of God’s love also gives us the strength and courage necessary to take an honest look at ourselves. When we do, we may discover wounds that run deeper than we expected or struggles that are larger than we know how to handle.
In these times, we have the comfort of knowing that God wants to bring healing even to the most broken areas of our lives. Grace DC’s counseling services are one resource available to help you work through acute struggles or difficulties. Our staff counselor, Dr. Jackie Griffith, provides compassionate, professional help from a biblical perspective.
Our staff counselor and our referring partners in the DC metro area are available by appointment. You can find more information, including availability, fees and insurance information, below.
Jackie Griffith, Ph.D.
Dr. Jackie Griffith is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A.) and the University of Pittsburgh (M.Ed., Ph.D.). She does individual counseling with men and women experiencing depression, anxiety and various pressing issues, including difficulties from childhood, relationship struggles and the need for spiritual guidance. She also does couples therapy. She was on the teaching staff of Ligonier Ministries and has taught Marriage Counseling at several seminaries. She has been married for over 30 years to Dr. Howard Griffith, professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. They previously served All Saints Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA and have raised five children together.
Referring Partner Counselor
Anna Stratton has an MA in Biblical Counseling, having studied with Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. She also has an MSW from University of Kansas and is a licensed clinical social worker. Anna has a general practice, but has a particular heart for teens, women, abuse survivors and mood disorders. Anna has been counseling for over 15 years and currently has offices in Washington, DC.
More counselors to be listed soon. Please contact the church office or one of our pastors/elders for a list of other counselors to which we regularly refer our members.
Preparing for Marriage Seminar
To start the process of premarital counseling, our Preparing for Marriage seminar series lays the groundwork before premarital counseling. We welcome anyone pondering those “long term” questions in their relationship to take this class; you are not required to be engaged or dating to attend this seminar.
After taking that seminar, Grace Downtown members can pursue premarital counseling with one of our pastors as schedules allow. Due to the high number of marriages in our community, we are only able to provide counseling and perform marriage ceremonies for members of Grace Downtown.
We recommend several resources for anyone preparing for marriage:
- Read Getting Ready for Lifetime of Love by C. Michael Smith
- Glenn’s sermon series on marriage
- To find out more about our pre-marital process, please email Matt.