The Christian Counseling Ministry has been part of Bethel Church since 1996. It provides counseling and life coaching as a ministry of Bethel Church and exists to help those who are struggling with personal life skills, interpersonal relationships, personal loss and to help everyone grow in their relationship with God.

We counsel according to biblical principles and our goal is to help people resolve their issues so they can move forward in a God-honoring way. Information revealed by clients is held in strict confidence except where reporting is required by law.

Counseling at Bethel is open to both regular attenders and non-attenders alike. The counseling fee is $50 for a 50-minute session. There is a discount for regular Bethel attenders* and fees are due at the time of each session by credit or debit card only.

*Regular attenders are those who have been attending Bethel Church for at least 3 months before the start of counseling and attend at least 3 services per month.


Each counselor keeps their own schedule and sessions can be scheduled by contacting the counselor of your choice directly. 

Nancy Cole, MS

Nancy has a BS in Bible and a MS in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.  She has been counseling since 1996.  Nancy’s statement of purpose: to help people apply the Bible to everyday life situations. Nancy counsels’ adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, personal loss and spiritual growth.  She also does Life Coaching. 

Note: Nancy only offers remote sessions.

Schedule an appointment with Nancy :

Email her at or text/call 215-620-3327 

Maria Briones, MSW

Maria has an MSW from Capella University and a Biblical Counseling Certificate from Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) (2024).  She will be pursuing licensure in the state of PA. She has been working at Bethany Christian Services since 2021 as a Foster Care Relicensing & Retention Specialist.  Maria’s statement of purpose: we are all a work in progress (including myself) and I want to assist others to live the life that God has for them (John 10:10).  The areas of counseling that Maria wants to focus on are personal growth and life coaching. 

Schedule an appointment with Maria:

Email her at or call 856-383-9037 

Eliezer Ortiz, Board Certified Biblical Counselor

Eliezer is a Board Certified Biblical Counselor (IBCC) and has 30 years experience participating in and facilitating small groups.  He is happily married with children and has been a High School Teacher for many years.  Eliezer’s statement of purpose:  to follow after Jesus’ example in Luke 4:18 “ share good news to the poor, comfort the brokenhearted, and help prisoners to be freed”.  He will work with men, youth and married couples on personal and spiritual growth. 

Schedule an appointment with Eliezer :

Email him at  or call 215-839-5308  

Laura Tarbert, MS

Laura has a BA in Psychology and a MS in Christian Counseling from Cairn University and she is pursuing licensure of professional counseling in the state of PA.  Laura’s statement of purpose:  I believe that all people desire to be known, accepted, and truly loved for who they are and who God says they are.  My goal is to help you experience the beauty of being known and help you grow as an individual, work through your struggles, and become more of a whole person as you heal from the things that have brought pain and suffering to your life.  I believe in the power Christ utilizes through counseling and personally focus on creating a warm, empathic environment where we can work together to confront the challenges you face through understanding thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs about yourself, others, the world, and the Lord to implement change.  Laura’s area of counseling will focus on Teens,  Adults, and Family Counseling.   

Schedule an appointment with Laura:

Email her at   

LIfe coaching

Brian Smith, MBA, Certified Life Coach

Brian has an MBA in Organizational Development from DeSales University and is a Certified Christian Life Coach (IBCC - American Association of Christian Counselors).  He has 25+ years of training, consulting, and coaching, including over 14 years of facilitating small groups and men's ministry.

What is Life Coaching?
Different from counseling, coaching is a partnership between a client and life coach to help the client reach different kinds of personal, emotional, and professional goals.  It can be a comprehensive and creative process to inspire the client to maximize their potential and meet those goals.  To put it in summary, coaching is about growth now and in the future.  

Statement of purpose:
My mission is to assist individuals to become wise stewards over their time, talents, and treasures.  My deepest conviction is to see the body of Christ actualize as stewards of God.  This includes building God's Kingdom by using all the things that we have received from Him -- life, body, mind, abilities, time and possessions.  Ephesians 4:7 says, "But to each one of us grace was given to the measure of Christ's gift.  Furthermore, 1 Peter 4:10 reveals, "As each of us has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold of the grace of God."

My areas of focus:
  • Life Coaching and Character Formation
  • Financial Freedom & Goal Setting
  • Purpose and Mission Statement Development 

Schedule an appointment with Brian:
Email him at, or text/call at 215-681-8092