St. Bartholomew’s Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling (ECPC) offers psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and spiritual direction to individuals, couples, groups and families. Our therapists also offer pre-marital counseling. The Emmanuel Center was officially incorporated in 1994. Our offices are inside the main church facility. Services are available to parishioners and non-parishioners, those of faith and those of no stated faith.

  • Our services are strictly confidential.
  •  Counselors also offer educational workshops and seminars.
  • ECPC keeps several appointment slots available for clients on a sliding scale fee structure based on need.
  • The Emmanuel Center offers spiritually sensitive care and our counselors consider themselves to be spiritually multilingual.
  • Our counselors are trained in many modalities and offer services based on client need.
  • Our counselors offer Spiritual Direction.

OUR GOALS
On average, the Emmanuel Center provides approximately 472 hours of Mental Health Outreach out of a total of 1,908 hours of counseling to the Church and the community at large. Many of the non-MHO hours were provided on a sliding scale, making it possible for a wider range of people to draw on our resources. The Emmanuel Center gratefully acknowledges the personal and financial support provided by the members of St. Bartholomew’s to make this ministry possible. While many private and public organizations offer programs geared toward alleviating the pressures of financial difficulties, disability, displacement, under-employment, and unemployment, the negative psychological and spiritual effects of these crises frequently go untreated. At the same time, even people with regular incomes and health insurance now face shrinking and restrictive benefits for mental health. These difficulties may exacerbate a common reluctance to seek therapy in times of need. The result is a gap in the continuum of care offered to the neediest members of our community, to those caught in the midst of disruptive life transitions, and to those whose needs are not well met by a medically oriented managed care model. Because clients often report that pastoral counseling offers a less intimidating psychotherapeutic environment than other more bureaucratic or medically driven settings, the Emmanuel Center can provide accessible, affordable, and spiritually sensitive care.

Pastoral Counselors

CeCe Balboni, MAT, EDS
Executive Director

CeCe is an Episcopal laywoman, psychotherapist and spiritual director. CeCe serves on the adjunct faculty of Shalem Institute in Washington, DC in the Spiritual Guidance Program. CeCe enjoys retreat and workshop leadership. She uses the writings of the mystics and poets as well as Scripture and art to open the mind in heart experience. This year she participated in several ecumenical and interfaith events in the diocese. CeCe, a lifelong Episcopalian and religious studies major in college, likes to consider herself spiritually multilingual. She can be reached at cbalboni@mac.com or 404-467-8643.

Richard Bondi, Ph.D. 
Individual, Couple, and Group Therapy Fellow, AAPC

Richard attended Oberlin College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in English and Religious Studies. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bondi has taught at Notre Dame, at Marquette University, and at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He is the author of Leading God’s People: Ethics for the Practice of Ministry. He has practiced pastoral counseling and psychotherapy at the Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling since 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He can be reached at rjbondi@mac.com or 404-895-8509.

Tere Canzoneri, M.Div., LCSW
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Tere joined The Emmanuel Center in January 2003.  She has been a pastoral counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, therapist educator and supervisor in the metro Atlanta area since 1984. Tere has an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, an MSW from the University of Georgia, and is a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Tere grew up in the Philippines where her parents were missionaries.  In addition to her work at The Emmanuel Center, Tere manages the member care and wellness program for the field personnel of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  Please contact Tere at tere.canzoneri@gmail.com or 404-664-6254 to arrange an appointment.