Counseling

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 counselors, Jim Badorrek and Dr. Jackie Griffith, provide compassionate, professional help from a biblical perspective.

Our staff counselors 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.

Staff Counselors

Grace Downtown has two counselors on staff.

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 offers counseling to couples ranging from pre-engagement through marriage counseling. Dr. Griffith also offers mindfulness techniques gleaned from her study of inter-personal neurobiology, which can be useful tools in dealing with emotional issues and supporting our need for thoughtfulness. She currently teaches marriage counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary and speaks at various retreats and conferences. 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.

Schedule an appointment with Jackie online

Jim Badorrek, M.A.

Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Policy and Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He works with men, women, and couples around a variety of issues and concerns, with particular interest and specialization in: depression and anxiety, life transitions (particularly those in their 20’s and 30’s), family of origin issues, singleness and dating, career and vocation, perfectionism and performance, cross-culture or “third culture kid” experiences, sexuality, gender issues, grief and loss, compulsive behavior, feeling “stuck” in life, boundaries and healthy relationships, spiritual formation, and integrating faith into all aspects of life. Jim has worked in the counseling-related field for over ten years.

Referring Partner Counselor

Anna Stratton

Anna Stratton

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.

  • Appointment: Please call Anna at 571-277-6267 or email her for availability, general inquiries, or referrals.
  • Fees for Counseling: Please contact Anna directly for current fees and with insurance questions.

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.

Premarital Counseling

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.

› Look for our list of upcoming classes and seminars.

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:

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