2219 West Danby Road, West Danby NY 14883

2219 West Danby Road, West Danby NY 14883

607.269.7171

 journeyofhopecounselingcenter@gmail.com

Greetings, my name is Jeffrey Caris. Counseling is not just a job for me, but my passion, calling, and life’s work. I believe that all things are possible with God and no one is beyond hope, grace, mercy and life-restoring healing.

I have been married for 14 years to my lovely wife Christine and have three incredible children. I have worked in the helping professions in a variety of contexts for the better part of 20 years.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Community Psychology and with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency Counseling. I received a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2009 and I am currently a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in NY state.

I was born in and spent the first 30 years of my life in the cold albeit beautiful state of Minnesota. My career truly began there on a rural hobby farm/treatment center where Christine and I served adolescent clients with chemical dependency issues. It was at that wonderful northern jewel where I recognized that counseling is what I was put on this earth to do as a profession.
From Minnesota, our path led us to Illinois where I worked at an agency for about 5 years providing mental health counseling and support to children and adolescents in residential settings, in their homes, and in inner city schools. This was perhaps the most challenging season of my career but looking back I recognize how instrumental it was in my growth and development as a counselor.

In 2013, my family and I moved back to the Ithaca area where my wife was born and raised. Since being back here, I have worked with adults in inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency settings. For the past two years I have worked on the front lines of the opiate crisis in Chemung County, assisting people in finding freedom from their addictions. I have also worked serving clients with various mental health and addiction issues in a freelance capacity through referrals from church and in other settings.

Through all of these rewarding experiences, I have been greatly privileged to come alongside my clients in their quest to overcome various challenges and to live a more fulfilling and extraordinary life.

Why I do what I do: I had a life-defining experience nearly 20 years ago where the Wonderful Counselor (Jesus) met me in a profound way during a crossroads in my life. It is difficult to describe in an adequate fashion just what happened to me during that spiritual encounter. What I can say is that, in a single moment, my soul finally found what it had always longed for and I have not felt anything resembling spiritual hunger since that day. I feel the greatest privilege I have as a counselor is to share the joy, freedom, peace, and contentment I have found in my relationship with Christ, and assist others in finding their peace, purpose and passion.

Greetings, my name is Jeffrey Caris. Counseling is not just a job for me, but my passion, calling, and life’s work. I believe that all things are possible with God and no one is beyond hope, grace, mercy and life-restoring healing.

I have been married for 14 years to my lovely wife Christine and have three incredible children. I have worked in the helping professions in a variety of contexts for the better part of 20 years.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Community Psychology and with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency Counseling. I received a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2009 and I am currently a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in NY state.

I was born in and spent the first 30 years of my life in the cold albeit beautiful state of Minnesota. My career truly began there on a rural hobby farm/treatment center where Christine and I served adolescent clients with chemical dependency issues. It was at that wonderful northern jewel where I recognized that counseling is what I was put on this earth to do as a profession.
From Minnesota, our path led us to Illinois where I worked at an agency for about 5 years providing mental health counseling and support to children and adolescents in residential settings, in their homes, and in inner city schools. This was perhaps the most challenging season of my career but looking back I recognize how instrumental it was in my growth and development as a counselor.

In 2013, my family and I moved back to the Ithaca area where my wife was born and raised. Since being back here, I have worked with adults in inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency settings. For the past two years I have worked on the front lines of the opiate crisis in Chemung County, assisting people in finding freedom from their addictions. I have also worked serving clients with various mental health and addiction issues in a freelance capacity through referrals from church and in other settings.

Through all of these rewarding experiences, I have been greatly privileged to come alongside my clients in their quest to overcome various challenges and to live a more fulfilling and extraordinary life.

Why I do what I do: I had a life-defining experience nearly 20 years ago where the Wonderful Counselor (Jesus) met me in a profound way during a crossroads in my life. It is difficult to describe in an adequate fashion just what happened to me during that spiritual encounter. What I can say is that, in a single moment, my soul finally found what it had always longed for and I have not felt anything resembling spiritual hunger since that day. I feel the greatest privilege I have as a counselor is to share the joy, freedom, peace, and contentment I have found in my relationship with Christ, and assist others in finding their peace, purpose and passion.

Journey of Hope Counseling Center is a service provided by the First Baptist Church of West Danby

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