Messiah Community Church believes in the value of quality counseling to aid in our growth. We have provided a list of trusted counselors to walk​ ​alongside ​​you with humility, love, and biblical wisdom.


The Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

KATHRYN RHEEM is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) trainer, supervisor & therapist. She has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. She has been a student of EFT since 2002, has been using this empirically validated approach exclusively in private practice since 2005, and continues to study and learn the model daily.

Kathryn trains and presents EFT regularly at many locations in U.S. including the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, AAMFT Annual Conference, state divisions of AAMFT, and EFT Summit and has taught EFT in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and Germany.

She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma numerous times. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers. Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in December 2012.


PAULA EHRMANN is a licensed, clinical, professional counselor with over 25 years’ experience in psychotherapeutic treatments. With a Master of Science in Applied Psychology and Quantative Methods, Paula specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, bereavement and loss, women’s issues and life transition. Paula is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a proven, effective treatment modality for trauma, anxiety and phobias. Paula is a Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teacher and an Accredited Professional with the International Enneagram Association. Paula uses the Enneagram Personality model in therapy and teaches seminars and workshops.

Paula co-founded Coach for America, an organization created to change the way America sees sports and athletics. She is also co-author of “InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives,” a healing approach to coaching that promotes the healthy development of our youth. Paula is deeply committed to personal growth and spirituality. Paula has four children, three grandchildren and lives in Baltimore.



MINISTER BRIAN EDWARDS is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He moved to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to attend Howard University. He graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. While at Howard, Minister Brian met his lovely wife, the former Kelli Mason, native of Pittsburgh, PA- also a proud 1991 Howard grad. As students at Howard, Minister Brian and Kelli were very active together in ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ. They were married in August 1992, continued working in their respective career fields and served at Landover Memorial Baptist Church, now known as Woodstream Church, located in Mitchellville, MD.

In 2000, Min Brian was hired as the Youth Minister.  In 2008, he earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Capital Bible Seminary. Minister Brian Edwards is a licensed and ordained Minister of Woodstream Church. Kelli has been a home educator since 1999 and is a part time physical therapist. Min. Brian and Kelli currently lead the church’s Marriage and Family Ministry.

Prior to Marriage Ministry Minister Brian served for over a decade as a Youth Minister. While serving in this role, he provided spiritual leadership to teenagers and their parents through participation at summer camps, small groups, evangelistic outreach events and missions trips to Kenya and South Africa.

Minister Brian believed that he would be more effective in helping to strengthen the youth by working to help strengthen marriages and the family unit. In 2007, he became the Minister of the Marriage and Family Ministry. In this position, he conducts pre-marital/marriage/family counseling, leads and oversees small group studies for couples, and plans retreats as well as preventive, enrichment programs, conferences and seminars.

Minister Brian and Kelli reside in Bowie, Maryland and are the proud parents of six children, Collin, Kayla, Kenneth, Cameron, Kent and Karis.

II Corinthians 5:17 –

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”


10451 Mill Run Circle, Ste. 442, Owings Mills, MD. 21117


Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, CashApp, Venmo, PayPal, check, credit/debit card

Insurance Accepted: Carefirst BCBS, other BCBS plans

Specialties: relationships; grief; miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss; blended families. Virtual therapy is available.

CHANA JOHNSON holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Morgan State University, and a M.S. degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Walden University. She practices therapy as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), working under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Weiland-Knarr, a well-respected, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Johnson specializes in couples’ and marriage- related issues; blended family challenges; working through grief; miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss; and managing past trauma.  She helps people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other issues that make daily living harder than it needs to be.  The methods used are specific to each client, but include techniques and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy.

Chana is the mom of four and a wife of one. She is no stranger to challenge, or struggle, or conflict, or trauma, or loss, or any of it.  “I’m a first responder wife, and a first responder mom, and there’s a large age difference in my marriage, and my family is blended— scrambled, really— we’ve faced financial challenges, and we’ve lost a child. I’ve been through the ringer and with the help of my faith and some fantastic counselors, still I rise. And you can too. And I can help.”

NOTE: Does not work with individuals under 18 unless it’s for grief work.

** indicates the counselor is a member of Messiah Community Church.


Safe Harbor Christian Counseling

Practicing Since: 2016-2019 (Intern Level) June 2019 (Licensed)

Clients Can Expect:
-Leading their own therapeutic process/Participatory process
-Meeting the client where they are
-Dynamic therapeutic experience that incorporates varying interventions/techniques

As a Social Worker, Kayla loves and values each encounter with her clients. She is grateful to be invited into their story and joyful about the opportunity to walk alongside them as they navigate this journey of life. Throughout her work, she hopes to cultivate a therapeutic process that prioritizes empowerment, relationship, and building an understanding on how to thrive within a client’s environment.

Kayla has a diverse background in working with youth and adolescents as a result of her previous past two internships at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington DC & the Abraham House in the Bronx, NY, as well as being highly involved in youth ministry for the past 6 years and currently serves as one of the Lead Youth Ministry Coordinators at her home church.

Kayla received her Master degree in Social Work, studying the special dynamics and importance of working on both the micro and macro level.

Kayla is licensed in the state of Maryland #24986.

** indicates the counselor is a member of Messiah Community Church.