Wendy Osborn

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate

Wendy joined the Barnabas Center Residency program in fall 2020 upon completing her M.A. in Clinical Counseling through Liberty University.

Prior to earning her counseling degree, Wendy completed Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction and two certificates in Trauma Informed Narrative Focused Therapy through The Allender Center at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.  In September 2020 she began her third year of training with Dr. Dan Allender as an Extern.  From 2011 through 2015, Wendy provided lay counseling and facilitated women’s groups on relational brokenness through a non-profit called Fixing Our Eyes ministries.  She has led groups for women affected by intimate partner betrayal and for women struggling with their own sexual addictions.

Wendy sees individuals and couples experiencing:

  • Anxiety
  • Crises of faith due to prolonged or profound life struggles
  • Depression
  • Difficult or broken relationships
  • Grief
  • Shame
  • Stress in parenting
  • Various forms of trauma (past or present)

Wendy’s passion is walking with women and men who long to find the authentic Jesus among the brokenness of life.  She is committed to bringing presence for the lonely, comfort for the broken, words for the mute, and hope for the despairing, pointing always to Christ’s redeeming love as the ultimate source of healing and perseverance.

Wendy’s personal journey has taught her that perceptions of self, others, and God are formed through our earliest experiences.  Out of a desperate attempt to control our lives and protect our personal sense of safety, we develop styles of relating with ourselves and others that serve to either protect or challenge these perspectives.  Some of these patterns appear healthier than others, but all are ways of trying to rule our personal kingdoms.  Unless the foundations of the functional belief structures that propel our reactions are accurately named and adequately healed, we will continue to repeat dysfunctional behavior patterns, causing pain to ourselves and to others.  Wendy is a staunch proponent of trauma-informed narrative focused therapy.

Wendy is married to Chris and they have been in Charlotte since 1995.  Together they have raised three daughters and been a part of three local church plants.  In her spare time, Wendy loves having rich conversations with family and friends over a table of really good food.  She enjoys iced tea, dark chocolate, laughing out loud, riding her bike, and walking in pretty places.