A Counseling Center for Students, Staff, and their Families
The counseling center at Biblical Seminary exists to provide low-cost, short-term pastoral counseling to seminary students, staff, and their families. Our counselors are all master's or doctoral level graduates of seminary and/or Christian counseling programs, and all strive to provide biblically sound, Christ-centered, God-glorifying counsel. Our goal is that you would leave with greater self-awareness of God's activity in your life and with a greater capacity to meet present and/or future challenges in your life and ministry.
You can review the list of staff counselors at "Getting Connected to a Counselor" below.
Before starting your counseling sessions please review and complete the following:
The cost per session is $40, payable directly to Biblical Seminary.
Get Connected to One of Our Counselors
Use the following contact information to connect with a counselor to discuss the possibility of a confidential intake session. Please refrain from contacting these individuals at home to discuss the possibility of pastoral care.
Michelle Altringer, MA
- 215.368.5000, x121
Michelle is a 2000 graduate of Biblical Seminary, adjunct professor, and a staff member of the counseling program department. Michelle has taught Fieldwork courses as well as Introduction to Counseling Skills and Sex Therapy. She has a heart for those that suffer with sexual difficulties in marriage. She has been counseling for over 13 years and her clients have presented with varying issues including depression, anxiety and sexual abuse.
Steve Smith, MA
Steve Smith is a pastoral counselor with a particular proficiency in marital concerns, grief and loss, church ministry issues, and vocational transition. Steve holds both a Master of Arts in Counseling degree and a Master of Arts Christian Thought degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. He is a ruling elder at his local church, a couples’ counselor supporting the pastoral staff at local churches, and currently volunteers as a couples’ counselor at a crisis pregnancy clinic. He previously held corporate management positions with a fortune 500 computer company and earned a BA in Organizational Management from Eastern University. Past ministry positions include Pastoral Care Counselor at a senior living community, Director of Pastoral Administration and Young Adult Ministry, Moderator of the North East Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America, Chairman of the Presbytery Administration Committee, and Clerk of the Provisional Session of a Church Plant in the Lehigh Valley. As a member of the Church Health Team he is a consultant for churches involved in the pastoral search process.
Bonnie Steich, MA, NCC, LPC
- 215.368.5000, x140
Bonnie is a 2006 graduate of Biblical Seminary (MA in Counseling) and 1990 graduate of Penn State University (BA in Psychology). She is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She currently works full time as the Assistant Director in the counseling department at Biblical Seminary and does counseling and supervision for Biblical’s Counseling Center. She has worked at Penn Foundation doing Mobile Therapy with children and at KS MST counseling teens and their families. Her clients include a wide range of ages from children to adults who presented with a variety of life counseling issues including singleness, divorce, effective parenting, eating disorders, anger, ODD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, phobias, career transitions and more.
Jennifer Zuck, MA
- 215.368.5000, x145
Jenn is a 2005 graduate of Biblical Seminary and a 1999 graduate of East Stroudsburg University. Her background is in working with victims of trauma and abuse. She is currently an adjunct professor at Biblical, and has taught a variety of courses on counseling and criminal justice topics. She is counseling part time at several off-site locations, as well as at the counseling center here at Biblical. Her clients have comprised of a variety of ages including teens, adults, and seniors. Her client issues include diverse matters such as depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and generally difficult life problems. Her desire is to walk along side individuals struggling with the hardships life brings.