Kelly Lashar, MA is a biblical counselor and licensed ordained minister in the State of Oklahoma. She has a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and served on staff at Summit Church as Care & Discipleship Pastor. She is in the Masters of Counseling Psychology program at Southern Nazarene University, working toward counseling licensure, but not licensed at this time. She completed her internship at the Counseling Center of Oklahoma City University.
With years of experience in ministry and pastoral care, Kelly places high value on the client and finds it a great honor to be a safe place for others. Kelly has completed Gottman Level 1 training for the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Certification, is currently in Gottman Level 2 training, and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator.
Kelly works with all ages and stages of life. She specializes in marriage counseling, especially marriages in crisis. She works with couples to instill hope, understand unhealthy conflict and communication, learn new patterns, find healing and forgiveness, and rekindle the friendship and intimacy that has been lost over the years. While therapy can help you find insight into the issues at hand, the work of healing marriages occurs when both partners are committed to the process and work outside of therapy to build a new marriage. It is Kelly’s hope that through the process of marriage counseling, you will come to remember and value how out of all the people in the world, you two found each other and built a home and family together. Kelly can also be there to help divorced individuals find meaning and hope again.
Kelly also works with families with children 12 and older. She teaches new patterns of communication and conflict, helps homes in crisis find healing, and encourages strong connections and empathy between family members.
Her approach to counseling involves helping clients develop insight into their own internal conflicts, emotional development, and defenses. People are deeply affected by past experiences, trauma, and relationships and these influence current emotions and patterns of thought. In addition to guiding toward insight, Kelly helps provide clients with effective tools for coping with current stressors, including incorporating mindfulness activities. If you are seeking Christian counseling, Kelly integrates sound biblical theology with her psychology training.
Kelly is a member of the Oklahoma Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, American Counseling Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Oklahoma Counseling Association, and the Oklahoma Christian Counselor Association.
Kelly is a pastoral care counselor. While she enjoys working with many issues and populations, her favorites include:
Adolescents, young adults, adults
Males, females, couples, and families
Comparison, negative self views
Marriages “stuck” or in crisis
Unhealthy patterns of communication and conflict