Meet Our Counselors


Tony Gore, LCSW  

Tony Gore is both an ordained pastor and counselor. His clinical training is as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW# 3354). He has been working with families and individuals as a counselor for over eighteen years. He especially enjoys working with couples and with adolescents and their families.

Tony served as the Care Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, for seven years overseeing the pastoral and counseling ministries.

Tony is married to his wife, Rhonda, of twenty-four years, and together they have three children. Tony is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and the University of Louisville.

Brian Woodring, LMFT 

Brian is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#105534). He has over 14 years of experience working in the mental health field.  He works with men and women ages 18 and older. Brian primarily works with police officers, veterans, and their spouses. He focuses on dealing with the normal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual symptoms of Acute and Post Traumatic Stress. He is Fully Trained in EMDR I & II as well as Critical Incident Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

Brian is married to his wife, Laura, of 13 years, and together they have two children and a therapy dog.  Brian is a graduate of Bellarmine University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Channing Knighton, MFT Associate

Channing Knighton is a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (#171499).  She has worked with adults, teens, children, couples and families in nonprofit, ministry and private practice settings for over 10 years.  She received her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Campbellsville University and is a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator.  

She commonly sees clients working through family issues, major life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, and clients who are seeking to recover from the pain of past trauma, abuse, or divorce.  She is also an adoptive parent and specializes in working with foster and adoptive families from a trauma-informed perspective.

Sean Brooks, MFT Associate

Sean Brooks is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. He enjoys helping couples and individuals foster life-giving relationships. Sean regularly works with couples experiencing relational issues or simply wanting to deepen their connection with one another.  He also works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues, and major life transitions. Sean is a certified Enneagram facilitator and has a heart for those who have suffered wounds by the church and want to explore more healthy spirituality.

Sean lives in Louisville with his wife and two sons. He received his Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Campbellsville University. Before becoming a therapist, Sean worked as an educator for 10 years. 

Rhonda Gore, MFT

Rhonda Gore has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently working as a Life Coach with Freedom Counseling. As a Pastor’s wife and mother of three children, Rhonda loves working with women who are seeking to understand and clarify their identity in Christ. Other areas of focus include helping women moving through life transitions including empty-nesters, those who are caring for elderly parents and families who are considering adoption. She has been working in the adoption field for the past 14 years.

Rhonda received her Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her studies over the last few years have been in spiritual guidance and life coaching.

Julie Etherton, LMFT

Julie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree from Campbellsville University. She earned her bachelors degree in Christian Counseling from Boyce College and has over 15 years experience in the mental health field. She has served in the past as a mentor and group facilitator before earning her degree. She generally works with ladies who are struggling with traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, marital issues, self worth issues, or just wanting more out of life but are stumped on how to get there.

Her approach is the whole person: emotional, physical, social, environmental, mental and spiritual. She takes Anthem, Humana, and Aetna insurances.  

Brent Colwick, LPCC

Brent works as a Masters level clinical counselor primarily with children, young adults and families seeking counseling in a private practice setting. Brent does not work alone - his partner is Coach, a certified/registered therapy dog. (Accommodations can be made for patients with allergies.) Brent sees clients with issues of: depression, divorce recovery, grief and loss counseling, life transitions, adoption and attachment, mood disorders, relationship problems, self esteem issues, sexual identity, pornography, anxiety and spiritual concerns. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, licensed by the state of KY and has been practicing since 1999. Brent’s practice, Counseling 101; which is located in LaGrange, KY, has partnered with Freedom Counseling Services part time in order to provide services for the Louisville area.