Professional Counseling Staff

Professional Counseling Staff

Our counselors are committed to providing you the best care. All of our counselors have a minimum of a Master’s degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy. They are professional providers licensed by the state of Georgia in their respective fields or pursuing licensure. You can read more about each of them here.

Counselors:
Rich Oswald, MA, LPC
Christine Oswald, MAMFT
Sanona Williams, MA, LPC


Rich Oswald, MA, LPC
extension 101
roswald@legacycounselingga.com

I worProfessional Counselor pic Rich Oswaldked for several years as a auto mechanic, carpenter and Mechanical Engineer. I have a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, I returned to school to change careers. Gifted and interested in working to help people, I attained a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Psychological Studies Institute (PSI) now Richmont Graduate University (RGU) in Atlanta, GA.  While at PSI, I did additional course work to acquire specializations in Christian Sex Therapy and Spirituality in Counseling having realized the connection and depth of these topics and their influence in people’s lives. 
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping hurting people.  I know first hand the hope, freedom and growth that God provides and desire to share that with others.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 states: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  I work with adults, adolescents, couples and families.  I am a certified Trauma Resolution Therapist and provide help with many different issues including getting over past hurts, marriage difficulties, communication problems, affair recovery, feeling inadequate, relational problems, parenting challenges, sexual concerns and questions, personal and sexual identity, life direction, and spirituality. 
I enjoy being outside, spending time with my wife and children, using tools, fixing and building things (like cars, motorcycles, furniture and houses) and learning something new.
 

Christine Oswald, MAMFT Currently Not Taking New Clients
extension 102

coswald@legacycounselingga.com

Professional picture Christine Oswad

I appreciate the unique story each of us brings to the world.  I work to assist clients in finding meaning, healing, and balance in those accounts.  My “style” has been described as warm, safe, insightful, and collaborative.   One friend says I am good at “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” … ha ha.
I counsel from a Christian “cognitive interpersonal” perspective.  I am convinced that what we think about ourselves, our circumstances, others and God motivates our behaviors and relational patterns.  I coach clients in self-awareness so they can intentionally live consistent with their most constructive beliefs and values.
I provide counseling to adolescents, adults, couples and families. I particularly enjoy addressing women’s issues, grief and trauma, spiritual growth, sexual wholeness, parenting concerns, life transitions, and caregiving challenges.  I have a special interest in supporting marriages & families affected by long-term challenges (e.g. special needs, chronic illness/cancer, addictions, bi-polar disorder, etc.).
I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL) with a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR). My Masters degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University, class of 2008.  I did extra work for specializations in Christian Sex Therapy and Spirituality and Counseling. I was the 2008 recipient of the Aultman Award for Academic Excellence.
          I have been married to my husband, Rich, since 1998 and homeschool our four children.  I love to read, take walks in nature, research just about everything, travel, play the piano, and hang out with family and friends.
          I am currently working toward full licensure in the state of Georgia under the supervision of Sarah Tate, LPC, LMFT.
 
Sanona Williams, MA, LPC
extention 103
swilliams@legacycounselingga.com
 

Helping people navigate the road of life with compassion, empathy and warmth is the guiding principle in my approach to counseling. My passion for helping others is combined with honesty and biblical principles in an effort to provide hope and solutions when facing life’s challenges and conflicts. My ultimate goal is to provide each one of my clients a safe and non-judgmental environment for talking, listening and motivating; while we walk side by side to find a path leading to life they desire

 My career in helping people began years ago working with the Department of Family and Children’s Services where I conducted children and family assessmentsworked with families in the foster care system to restore safety and life balance while providing community based counseling to children and families. Staying true to this desire, I became dedicated licensed counselor with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling

Since becoming a full time professional counselor, I‘ve served in a variety of settings but serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families is my passion. Helping families develop strong communication and resolve conflicts is an important part of my counseling workam skilled at counseling in a group setting for adolescents dealing with self-esteem, social interactions, depression and anxiety.  I also have a heart for couples seeking pre-marital, marital enrichment, affair recovery, separation and divorce. 

I have been happily married to my husbandChristopher since 1995.  We have three amazing children, and enjoy spending leisure time at the lake and entertaining friends and family.  Together, Christopher and I have been fortunate to coordinate and facilitate a 13-week workshop for married couples at our church twice a year since 2006.  We enjoy helping couples resolve conflict and learn to live their lives based on the covenant of marriage.