biblical counseling rooted in the gospel

We're exited to offer counseling at our office space in Roland Park, which is a satellite office of Life Counseling Center. Life Counseling Center offers biblical counseling that is grounded in the foundational truth that because of the Gospel, lasting change is possible. Life Counseling Center holds to the principle that hope is never lost, no matter how difficult the situations in which we find ourselves may be.



Meet THE counselors

rich starsoneck

Director of Counseling |

For over 25 years, Rich has brought oversight to Rebuilders, a ministry to those who are separated, divorced, or parenting alone. Rich is also the director of our counseling center. His interests in the counseling realm include marriage and family counseling, grief, loss, and men’s issues. He enjoys understanding people and seeing their lives and hearts change. He sees the importance of entering into a person’s world and helping individuals or couples think biblically about their situation instead of having their thinking controlled by experience, emotion, and cultural norms.

Rich has studied at both Chesapeake and Westminster Seminary, is certified in Marriage and Family Counseling through CCEF, and is a mediator with the MCRC with an emphasis in restorative dialogue.

Rich married his wife Kathy in 1985, has a grown daughter, Laura, and owns 2 whippets.  Playing and listening to music, reading, and road cycling are a few of his personal interests.

esther smith

Counselor |

Esther has completed her MA in Professional Counseling through Liberty University, and has begun taking classes through the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. Since she can remember, Esther has been drawn to the stories of people around her, and her counseling has been shaped by a desire to walk alongside individuals as they discern how their stories can be redeemed and changed through the truth of the Gospel.

Esther lives in Baltimore with her husband, Ian, and enjoys good books and movies, creating new recipes in the kitchen, and sharing them with family and friends.

Areas of interest and experience include teens and young adults, women’s issues, and working with individuals touched by anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, and suffering.

alison spiegel

Counselor |

After 25 years as a wife, mother, and software engineer, Alison asked the Lord to give her a vision for life after homeschooling. He answered by introducing her to the world of biblical counseling. She pursued formal training in counseling from the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and has completed all three of their counseling certificates. Her passion is to help people know God more personally, engage with Him more intimately, and find help and hope in His living word.

Alison is very involved in her local church where she has led Bible studies, counseled and discipled women, and participated in jail ministry. She is married to Pete and they have four young-adult children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching British crime dramas, and making jewelry.

Alison has experience walking with those who struggle with anxiety and depression, sexual brokenness, marital difficulties, grief and loss, and fractured relationships, both in the context of individual and marriage counseling.