Alicia Gouge

LCMHCA

Hi!  My name is Alicia.  I am a wife of 10+ years and a mom to 8 kids.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tulane University in 2008.  I then spent 4 years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps which led us to the coast of North Carolina–a place we have been proud to call “home” for almost 10 years.  Since leaving the military, I have been supporting my husband in his ministry as a pastor and military chaplain, raising my 8 children (4 adopted; 4 biological) and pursuing my calling as a professional counselor.  I graduated from Liberty University in May 2020 with a Master’s of Education–completing coursework in marriage and family therapy, school counseling, mental health counseling, and education.  I am thrilled to be serving children, teens, women, couples, and families as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with Agape Counseling Associates in Morehead City.
Marriage is hard.  Parenting is hard.  Being a disciple in this world is hard.  We enter marriage and parenthood with unhealed wounds and subconscious patterns from our families of origin.  Add in the stressors of daily life and the hills and valleys we traverse through the years and it is no wonder that half of all marriages end in divorce.  And the damage takes its toll through the generations manifesting as addictions, anxiety, depression, dysfunctional patterns, etc.
Life is messy, but God is always Good.  I believe that a healthy, thriving family is the building block of a healthy, thriving society.  As such, I seek to work with clients within the context of their families–identifying problematic patterns and seeking better ways of relating–to foster trust, love, and closeness in their most important relationships.  I will be an advocate for Hope in the dark times–holding fast to the belief that God can restore your family’s health and connection.  With the Wonderful Counselor as my guide, I draw upon evidence-based best practices in counseling–encouraging clients to find meaning in their lives and experiences while targeting thoughts and internal barriers that prevent them from becoming who God intended them to be.  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”  2 Timothy 1:7

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