MISSION

Equip people to experience freedom

in emotional, spiritual, physical

and mental health.

VISION

Provide our comprehensive model of professional Counseling, Coaching, Mediation & Education services built on Biblical values. Accompanied with affordable options for care, True Vine Christian Services empowers individuals and families to

live balanced and fulfilling lives.

PURPOSE

True Vine Christian Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization

SERVICES

COUNSELING

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Individual, Couple, Family,

Pre-Marital, Marriage Counseling

COACHING

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Spiritual Formation, Life Purpose, Organizational Coaching

MEDIATION

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Conflict resolution, reconciliation, arbitration

EDUCATION

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Workshops, speaking engagements,

seminars, conferences, resources

 

St. Louis Christian Counseling, Coaching, Mediation & Education

 

TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHEZ BARBOSA
Chief Executive Officer
TAMRA BARBOSA
President & Treasurer
BRIAN OSBORNE
Secretary

Christy Industrial Holdings

CEO

GREG SCHUSTER
Director

Cushman & Wakefield

President, Global Occupier Services, Americas 

BILL CONWAY
Director

Federal Reserve Information Technology

Assistant Vice President

LEADERSHIP

CHEZ BARBOSA, M.Ed.,LPC

CEO

Chez co-founded True Vine Christian Services and as CEO, his primary focus is on overseeing the overall operations as well as leading strategic growth for the company.  Additionally, he works to partner with like minded organizations with the goal of providing professional and biblical services to assist in the healing and growth of individuals. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University. Finally, he is a certified SYMBIS facilitator, offering pre-marital/marital assessment.

 

His counseling specialties lie in marriage and family dynamics, communication, and conflict resolution training. In addition, he serves as a founding board member & Secretary of a local non-profit organization providing support to women struggling with anxiety. He is also a Licensed Pastor and has served in various church staff positions. Lastly and most importantly, he has been married for 16 years and has three beautiful kids. He enjoys serving together with his wife, spending time with family, eating at great restaurants and drinking way too much coffee!

TAMRA BARBOSA, M.Ed.,LPC

President

Tamra co-founded True Vine Christian Services and as President, she oversees daily operations; provides financial oversight; and focuses on our professional services development. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and is trained in Christian Mediation through the Institute for Christian Conciliation™ (a division of Peacemaker Ministries). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University and holds a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

 

While she address a multitude of issues, her specialties are found in the area of marriage and family. Being licensed and trained as both a counselor and mediator, her experience allows her to counsel issues ranging from troublesome to the intensely conflicted. She has advanced training in biblical conflict resolution, has served as adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University and speaks on various topics including women’s issues, marriage/pre-marital concerns and biblical peacemaking. She has been married 38 years to Louis, has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

ADMINISTRATION
MEDIATION SERVICES
COACHING SERVICES

JENNA BARBOSA, MA

Director of Operations

Jenna primarily oversees operational and administrative elements of True Vine. She earned a Master of Arts in Non Profit Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelors Degree in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University. Additionally, she received an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling as well as an Advanced Certificate in Christian Life Coaching from the American Association of Christian Counselor's (AACC) online program,  Light University.  

 

A strong advocate for helping people find healing through God’s truth, she also serves as a Biblical Mentor and Life Coach.  Jenna’s personal interests focus on following God’s call on her life, as well as her family, friends and church family.  

 

Her desire is to positively impact the community through supporting True Vine administratively, speaking into the lives of her clients and through speaking engagements. 

ANNA VAUGHN, MA, CIT

Director of Social Media

Anna earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Missouri Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Counseling and Human Development from Liberty University. Additionally, she earned an advanced certificate in Biblical counseling from Light University. 

Anna is passionate about helping people pursue health and find freedom. She has a special passion for helping those caught in the ties of sexual distortion and brokenness. She utilizes various psychological theories and tools to help her clients identify the underlying factors of their situation. She also believes God desires healing for His people and thus incorporates His principles in her approach.

In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, reading and exploring new coffee shops.

COUNSELING SERVICES

CHEZ BARBOSA, M.Ed.,LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Chez co-founded True Vine Christian Services and as CEO, his primary focus is on overseeing the overall operations as well as leading strategic growth for the company.  Additionally, he works to partner with like minded organizations with the goal of providing professional and biblical services to assist in the healing and growth of individuals. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University. Finally, he is a certified SYMBIS facilitator, offering pre-marital/marital assessment.

 

His counseling specialties lie in marriage and family dynamics, communication, and conflict resolution training. In addition, he serves as a founding board member & Secretary of a local non-profit organization providing support to women struggling with anxiety. He is also a Licensed Pastor and has served in various church staff positions. Lastly and most importantly, he has been married for 16 years and has three beautiful kids. He enjoys serving together with his wife, spending time with family, eating at great restaurants and drinking way too much coffee!

TAMRA BARBOSA, M.Ed.,LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tamra co-founded True Vine Christian Services and as President, she oversees daily operations; provides financial oversight; and focuses on our professional services development. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and is trained in Christian Mediation through the Institute for Christian Conciliation™ (a division of Peacemaker Ministries). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University and holds a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

 

While she address a multitude of issues, her specialties are found in the area of marriage and family. Being licensed and trained as both a counselor and mediator, her experience allows her to counsel issues ranging from troublesome to the intensely conflicted. She has advanced training in biblical conflict resolution, has served as adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University and speaks on various topics including women’s issues, marriage/pre-marital concerns and biblical peacemaking. She has been married 38 years to Louis, has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

ELIZABETH NIMMO, MS,LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Elizabeth earned a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and prior to that, Bachelor of Art degrees in psychology and sociology from Southwest Baptist University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she offers genuineness, non-judgment, warmth, and empathy in combination with objectivity and therapeutic knowledge. She aims to provide an open and relaxed environment where individuals, couples, families, children, or adolescents are free to engage in personal exploration and change. Elizabeth enjoys working with a variety of ages, populations, and therapeutic issues and believes a diverse caseload makes her a stronger counselor.

 

As a Christian counselor, she loves to see God do big things in people’s lives. She will assist clients in identifying lies, faulty thought patterns, toxic behaviors, and maladaptive relational patterns that keep them from living the abundant life God offers. Her greatest hope is that her clients embrace the power of truth, authenticity, and vulnerability to discover holy redemption, freedom, and abundance in God.

 

Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys a relaxed life. She has been married to her college sweetheart for ten years and together they’ve pursued education, careers, and adventure. She calls herself a grateful wife and enjoys spending time with her husband, extended family, and friends. She enjoys reading, creative and artistic endeavors, playing with her pug, Millie, and the occasional Netflix binge. 

JERRY COTTON II, M.Ed., MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jerry earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Education with an emphasis in Marriage and Family from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Prior, to his Master’s degree in Counseling,  he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology; with a minor in Sociology and Speech Communication. In addition, he earned a graduate certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of Webster University obtaining a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership.

 

In addition to education, he brings 20+ years of combined clinical and professional mental health experience working with individuals, families, leaders, agencies, community colleges, universities and outpatient counseling services.

 

Jerry utilizes an eclectic counseling orientation offering an integrative and holistic approach to client-centered therapy as a catalyst for a new level of success. He strongly believes in the power of “relationship” and enjoys working with a variety of ages, populations, and therapeutic issues. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Jerry utilizes the fruits of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control; to serve and assist any and all struggles. Jerry’s sincere desire is that through your encounter with God, you are able to face and distinguish interpersonal and relational fears that are preventing a closer relationship with God, your family and community. 

 

In his free time, Jerry’s passions include spending time with family and friends, reading, exercise, serving a variety of Christian ministries as a Pastor-in-Training/Consultant/Therapist, and enjoying the simple things in life.

Jerry’s personal vision statement to address all issues of life is: 

“This Too Shall Pass”.

KATIE LORENZ, M.Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Katie earned a degree in Elementary Education from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Missouri St. Louis. As an experienced licensed counselor who is driven by a passion for improving the lives of others, she works diligently to provide a custom approach to therapy to meet her client’s needs.  Her goals are to help individuals discover their true identities and God-given gifts, potential, and purposes in life.  She strives to put the Lord first in all areas of her life and recognizes that it is by His strength and power that real healing takes place.  

 

She has spent a significant amount of time working on helping individuals break free from anxiety, feelings of low self-worth, restoring relationships with others, and God, anxiety/depression, ADHD, behavior disorders in children and adolescents, job loss, grief, abuse, and eating disorders.  She specializes in working with children, and also helping individuals heal who have experienced trauma.  She strives to develop a unique approach to each client using a modality that is suitable for their situation and needs.

 

In addition, she gained certification in Early Childhood & Special Education and has worked over a decade with special needs children as well as a career coach, helping individuals who have experienced a recent job loss.  

 

When she’s not keeping busy with work, you can find her spending time with her family, especially her eight-year-old son.  She also loves to read, write, run, and travel.  She enjoys volunteering and also being outdoors. She has discovered the value of a healthy diet and enjoys sharing her experience with those who are interested in also taking this path.  

STEPHENIE COMBS, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Stephenie earned a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Denver Seminary and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology with a Counseling minor from Southwest Baptist University. Stephenie began her career working in the community mental health setting in the Littleton, Colorado area. While in this setting, she had the opportunity to work with people who were dealing with a variety of struggles including: anxiety, trauma, grief, life transitions, depression, stress management, women's issues, parenting education, spiritual matters, relationship/communication struggles, etc. After leaving the community mental health arena, Stephenie owned and operated her own private counseling practice out of the Centennial, Colorado area for four years before returning to her home state of Missouri.  

 

She provides Telehealth counseling (online/phone) and has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy and

has recently completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Stephenie believes that building a solid rapport with her clients is a foundational component in helping clients move forward in achieving their goals. Her therapeutic approach tends to be direct as she teaches her clients tangible coping skills. Most recently, she’s spent time working with couples and individual adults who struggle with anxiety and depression and has had the privilege of helping them learn to better manage these symptoms and even overcome them. Stephenie’s goals with her clients include helping them learn to be aware of the Lord’s presence and intentionality with their lives. She works hard to facilitate a setting where clients might become aware of Christ’s unfailing love for them so that they will learn to live and walk in His abundant love and grace. 

 

When not working, Stephenie enjoys time with her family. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 13 years and they have two daughters together. Stephenie and her family enjoy reading books together, playing dress up, and having as many dance parties as possible. When she has the time, she also enjoys DIY house projects, time with friends, and shopping.

WILL ARRINGTON, M.Ed., PLPC, NCC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

Will earned a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, both from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His specialty areas of study included clinical mental health counseling, couples and family counseling, addictions, and play therapy. He is also recognized as a National Certified Counselor.

 

Will has nearly a decade of diverse experience in the mental health field prior to attaining his PLPC. He enjoys working with people of all ages and presenting issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, abuse, self-worth, trauma, marriage and family, and OCD.

 

Will’s counseling style is heavily influenced by his faith in Jesus and the Word of God. He uses a Biblical approach to counseling, utilizing various modalities such as Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He believes that Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor and that He guides us into all truth. His calling is to see people delivered, healed, growing closer to the Lord, and equipped as they walk in the abundant life that Jesus provides. His approach allows the Holy Spirit to move in counseling sessions to highlight wrong thinking, false identity, and lies the enemy has planted and replace them with identity in Christ. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we wrestle not against people, but against principalities and powers of darkness. Will believes that understanding the truth of this scripture is essential to addressing the struggles people face so they can walk in true and lasting freedom. 

 

In his downtime, Will enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He is an Advanced Open Water scuba diver and has logged dives all over the world with his dad. He loves camping, skiing, and spending time outdoors.

Will is under the supervision of Tamra Barbosa - Mo License #2002020618

AMY ELFRINK, MA, PLPC, NCC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

Amy earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University.  Counseling is a second career for Amy as she first received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1991 from Southeast Missouri State University and worked as a CPA for several years before staying home to raise her three children. During this time, she served in various capacities in ministry including leading Celebrate Recovery and working with women who struggle with addiction.  She is also recognized as a National Certified Counselor.

Amy has a passion for people who are hurting and desires to walk beside them in their struggle. She utilizes a Cognitive Behavior approach to therapy accompanied by Biblical truth and direction. Some of her specialty areas include working with marriages, trauma healing, and ultimately equipping people to find hope through a relationship with Jesus. This is where she believes true freedom is found. 

Amy has been married to the love of her life for 30 years and enjoys outdoor activities together along with serving at church, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have three adult children and are almost empty nesters as their youngest lives at home while attending college.  

Amy is under the supervision of Tamra Barbosa - Mo License #2002020618

CHRIS McCAHERTY, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Chris earned a Master's degree in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University and prior to that, a Bachelor of Religion/Biblical Counseling from Liberty University. As a counselor, she works with the inner strengths of individuals and helps them navigate life to become their truest self. Her therapeutic approach is based on the client's individual needs and believes there is no one model to fit all people.

 

She specializes in marriages/families dealing with a wide variety of conflict. In addition, she also works with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, bereavement, depression, chronic stress, anger management, self-esteem issues and spirituality struggles.

 

She has two adult sons and four grandchildren and in her free time, enjoys history, studying the Bible and traveling. Her travels have taken her to 15 countries!  Finally, she especially loves spending time with her family. 

REBECCA WEST, MA, PLPC

Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

Rebecca earned a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science and a Master's degree in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University in 2015. She believes in a holistic approach to healing. Integrating methods that heal body, mind, and soul together, Rebecca helps to identify needs at all levels and equip each person with the tools to heal and live victoriously. Her relationship with God guides all therapy sessions, and she believes that each individual has amazing potential and immense value. 

 

To help identify and unlock that potential, Rebecca employs various methods and techniques, depending on the needs of the client.  She enjoys working with everyone and has a heart for helping people find their way. Rebecca has a ready ear and a soft heart, but also a firm resolution that every person can accomplish what they set their mind to, with Jesus' help. Some of her most successful areas of treatment include anxiety, depression, pregnancy, post- partum and biblical guidance. 

 

Rebecca has been married to her college sweetheart since 2015, and together, they welcomed their first son in May of 2018.  They enjoy traveling, reading, playing board games, and visiting family and friends. Her hobbies include cooking and baking, writing poetry and stories, old musicals, and anything to do with animals. She is active in her church, especially in the children's ministry. 

Rebecca is under the supervision of Tamra Barbosa - Mo License #2002020618

TAMRA BARBOSA, M.Ed.,LPC

Mediator

Tamra co-founded True Vine Christian Services and as President, she oversees daily operations; provides financial oversight; and focuses on our professional services development. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and is trained in Christian Mediation through the Institute for Christian Conciliation™ (a division of Peacemaker Ministries). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University and holds a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

 

While she address a multitude of issues, her specialties are found in the area of marriage and family. Being licensed and trained as both a counselor and mediator, her experience allows her to counsel issues ranging from troublesome to the intensely conflicted. She has advanced training in biblical conflict resolution, has served as adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University and speaks on various topics including women’s issues, marriage/pre-marital concerns and biblical peacemaking. She has been married 38 years to Louis, has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

ROBERT D. ARB, J.D.

Mediator

Robert D. Arb has been an attorney for 40 years, having graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1979.  Mr. Arb practices in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and wills, trusts and probate at the offices of Robert D. Arb, L.C. in Valley Park, Missouri.  He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois and the Federal Courts and is also trained in Christian Mediation through the Institute for Christian Conciliation™ (a division of Peacemaker Ministries). He has served as a Federal Court mediator for constitutional law disputes; and has taught as an instructor at Meramec Community College as well as several continuing legal education seminars.  He has authored two articles; “Should A Christian Sue” and “Mediating Disputes Among Christians”.

 

Mr. Arb is married to his wife Cindy and has three children – Nicole, Caleb and Michael.  His volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors for The Mission Gate Prison Ministry and Orphans’ Assistance and Rescue (an orphanage in northern Thailand).  He is a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Christian Legal Society.  He also served as School Board President for Faith Community Christian High School in Fenton, Missouri from 2007-2010 and currently attends Oakbridge Community Church.

ANNA VAUGHN, MA, CIT

Counselor in Training

Anna earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Missouri Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Counseling and Human Development from Liberty University. Additionally, she earned an advanced certificate in Biblical counseling from Light University. 

Anna is passionate about helping people pursue health and find freedom. She has a special passion for helping those caught in the ties of sexual distortion and brokenness. She utilizes various psychological theories and tools to help her clients identify the underlying factors of their situation. She also believes God desires healing for His people and thus incorporates His principles in her approach.

In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, reading and exploring new coffee shops.

Anna is under the supervision of Alicia Seidler - Mo License #2010000687

JENNA BARBOSA, MA

Biblical Mentor

Jenna primarily oversees operational and administrative elements of True Vine. She earned a Master of Arts in Non Profit Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelors Degree in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University. Additionally, she received an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling as well as an Advanced Certificate in Christian Life Coaching from the American Association of Christian Counselor's (AACC) online program,  Light University.  

 

A strong advocate for helping people find healing through God’s truth, she also serves as a Biblical Mentor and Life Coach.  Jenna’s personal interests focus on following God’s call on her life, as well as her family, friends and church family.  

 

Her desire is to positively impact the community through supporting True Vine administratively, speaking into the lives of her clients and through speaking engagements. 

JENNA BARBOSA, MA

Life Coach

Jenna primarily oversees operational and administrative elements of True Vine. She earned a Master of Arts in Non Profit Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelors Degree in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University. Additionally, she received an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling as well as an Advanced Certificate in Christian Life Coaching from the American Association of Christian Counselor's (AACC) online program,  Light University.  

 

A strong advocate for helping people find healing through God’s truth, she also serves as a Biblical Mentor and Life Coach.  Jenna’s personal interests focus on following God’s call on her life, as well as her family, friends and church family.  

 

Her desire is to positively impact the community through supporting True Vine administratively, speaking into the lives of her clients and through speaking engagements. 

 

HAPPY CLIENTS

"As a pastor, I desire to see people get the help they need as they deal with struggles of life.  True help can only be found from our Lord through His word. 

I am thankful that I can recommend

True Vine Christian Services to our membership when they are in need.  True Vine's biblically based ministry is touching hearts and changing lives. 

I believe they will be a great resource and blessing to you!"
- Kenny Qualls, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church Arnold, MO

"God has done such a wonderful work in both of us since coming to True Vine Christian Services. Our marriage has been strengthened, my husband has found freedom from an addiction and I have learned to lean on Jesus and trust Him more in every area of my life. Thanks and praise to the Lord for providing and working through a spiritual, professional and Godly counselor!"

"True Vine Christian Services has been a great blessing to our church family and community.  True Vine brings the light of God's word and the leading of the Holy Spirit into people's lives in a very practical and powerful way.  True Vine has also been a great ministry partner to me allowing me to focus more fully on my calling.  I recommend True Vine Christian Services to people regularly, and I am pleased to be able to reommend it to you as well!"
-Dave Armstrong, Senior Minister
First Christian Church Washington, MO

"I was at a place of decision and in crisis when I began counseling. The pain was so severe and the confusion was great. Through the biblical counsel that I received, as well as the comfort I so badly needed, God has brought me to a place of healing and freedom."

"The characteristic that sets True Vine apart is the dedication to the Word of God and their understanding that it is Jesus that sets people free! They are excellent, extremely professional, and truly are a Christian service. I have had different people close to me go to Christian Counseling and never be pointed to Jesus and to His Word. That is not the case with True Vine. They are trained, genuine, sincere, and have a heart to see God heal, and that is exactly what God does through their work... He Heals!"

"We cannot express how valuable biblical counseling is. Biblical counseling is the only true, Godly way to confront the problems you may be facing. With the help of our strong biblical counselor, we, as a couple were able to remove the deceit confusing us and began to develop the biblical methods and tools to begin truly healing our marriage and resolving our problems."

CONTACT US

LOCATIONS
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Main Office:

4191 Crescent Dr. Suites C & D

St. Louis, MO 63129

Regional Locations:

Arnold, MO; St. Charles, MO; Washington, MO;

Moscow Mills, MO; Cape Girardeau, MO; 

Colorado (Telehealth

T: 314.892.5995  F: 314.892.5996

E: info@truevinecs.com

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