Meet Our Breathe Life Team

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers

KATIE GROSS

Hello There & Welcome! I am the proud founder & co-owner of this practice. I am a licensed professional counselor, reiki practitioner, and a certified dream professional. I earned my bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University before pursuing my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walsh University.


I strive to embrace a total wellness model encompassing the mind, body, and spirit for success now and in the future. As a faith-based clinician, I can integrate your faith, religion, and/or spirituality into our work together. I consider it my honor to help adults and couples who are facing depression, anxiety, grief, spiritual crises, chronic mental health issues, and distress within your intimate relationships. I also have a special interest in sleep disorders and helping individuals achieve more quality and restorative sleep.


As a former member of the US Air Force, I have a desire to help my brothers and sisters in arms to overcome the unique challenges they and their families face.


Contact Me: [email protected]

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ANGIE JACOBS

Welcome- I’m so glad you’ve stopped by! I am a Nationally Certified licensed professional counselor, registered yoga instructor, trauma-certified clinician, and co-owner here at Breathe Life Counseling. I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Limestone University before pursuing my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Webster University.


My passion is utilizing a holistic approach to teach adolescents and adults how to better manage their lives, emotions, and levels of distress as a result of depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ transitions and challenges, especially as they relate to the additional challenges of being an active member of our US Military communities. 


Life is hard and often leaves us stuck and uncertain of how to move forward – sometimes we just need someone to help guide or walk through the challenges with us – and that is who I am for my clients. Sometimes it takes something out of the ordinary to awaken the superhero within us and harness our own innate strengths to overcome all of life’s challenges.


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CHRISTIE MICHAUD

I am an intern working towards my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University and my South Carolina LPC-A licensure (projected date early Fall 2022). I am a Christian author and have been in ministry for ten years helping women identify destructive habits, thought patterns, and emotional ties that keep them stuck or from living a full life (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; John 10:10). I recognize the importance of a holistic therapeutic approach in which body, soul, and spirit are all addressed (1 Thessalonians 5:23). I am passionate about helping keep the body of Christian believers healthy, as well as, walking alongside women or married couples facing depression, anxiety, crisis, distress and relational conflicts.


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SARAH RILEY

I am an intern at Breathe Life Counseling working on my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health at Liberty University. I went to Clemson University for my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I'm passionate about helping individuals with depression, anxiety, big life changes, religious trauma, boundaries, families, and the LGBTQ+ community. I personally believe that the healthier we can become as individuals, the healthier we can make the world around us. I think this includes incorporating all aspects of our lives. I'm looking forward to working alongside clients who need support in finding themselves and overcoming these challenges.


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EMILY WALDER

Hello There! I am an intern from Liberty University and am pursuing my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I enjoy working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I generally use a cognitive behavioral approach to counseling. My faith is important to me, so I am happy to integrate your faith into your counseling if that is something you want. I believe that everyone needs a little help at times to get them back on track and it is a privilege to help clients do just that.


Random fact about me: I hate ketchup and bacon.


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MICHELLE LEACH

Hi! My name is Michelle and I am an intern here at Breathe Life. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Walden University and I'm also concurrently enrolled as a Clinical Sexology PhD student through the Modern Sex Therapy Institute. I am studying a variety of subjects from female sexual dysfunction to kink and psychotherapy and challenges surrounding sexual orientation. I plan to specialize in clients who grew up in sex-avoidant or sex-negative households and are working to come to terms with sex and its role in their lives. I work from a Feminist theoretical perspective as well as Internal Family Systems and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I personally believe sex is a vital part of our make up as humans and as a sex therapist, I do not want any topic to seem too scary or to be off the table when we're working towards wellness. When I am not talking to my clients about sex I love reading steamy romance novels and spending time at the beach collecting shells and watching my family surf. I also love taking photos and drinking wine with friends.


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LUCY OLIVER

Hello! I am honored to be a part of Breathe Life Team as a graduate intern from Liberty University, studying clinical mental health counseling. I focus on strength-based therapeutic approaches that allow clients to draw upon their inner fortitude in the midst of adversity. My main goals are to empower clients to recognize their own resilience and hone their unique skill set to create the life they deserve. I strive to create a non-judgmental and authentic space for clients to reframe negative narratives and seek solutions to their problems. I also align with the holistic viewpoint put forth at Breathe Life and believe whole wellness cannot be achieved without consideration of the intimate connections between mind, body, and spirit. I look forward to collaborating with clients in the process of owning their strengths and reauthoring their stories!


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LAUREN EMMOLO

I am completing my practicum and internship at Breathe Life Counseling as a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling at Liberty University. My calling to become a counselor was motivated by the joys and sorrows of personal life experiences, healing, and my role advocating for children with special needs for more than 20 years. I have a passion for helping people with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. In addition, I plan to specialize in treating clients who have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and parents with special needs children. I have been trained to integrate spirituality for clients who are interested in faith-based counseling. I incorporate a holistic, integrative approach to counseling to best meet the therapeutic needs of my clients. This way, I can walk alongside you in your journey and meet you where you are at.


Contact Me: [email protected]

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