Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Mollie Souza (SO-ZUH) has been a counselor at The Barnabas Center since 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee where she majored in Spanish so as to have a good reason to study abroad in Granada, Spain. She moved to Charlotte from Tennessee to get her Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Mollie has interned with Changed Choices, a ministry to incarcerated women and has counseled oncology patients at Carolinas Medical Center. Mollie also co-counseled with Pete Bondy while completing the Residency Program at Barnabas and has received her Advanced Counseling Certificate from The Allender Center in Seattle, a 7-month long training focused on learning more about trauma.
Mollie sees individual men and women and is especially passionate about helping individuals who are working through:
Mollie’s therapeutic approach is a blend of The Allender Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. The Barnabas Model also helps articulate how she sees people, the Lord, and growth which influences her style of counseling. She works with clients in a collaborative way to build rapport and facilitate the client’s ownership in the room so clients can recognize their part in growing and understanding their story.
William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is not dead; it’s not even past.” Mollie knows this to be true, and without taking a closer look at our life story, we will continue to be impacted by the trauma and brokenness of the past in ways we do not realize unless processed. She sees it as worthwhile to spend time looking at the wounded places in the client’s life story in order to have a vision for the healing and redemption that can take place.
Mollie is married to Carlos, and they’re expecting their first little one in May 2021. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time by herself, traveling (especially to Brazil), reading, walking, tennis, and hiking or anything outside.