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The Bridge Counseling Ministries

Christian Counseling Ministries in Charlotte

The Bridge Counseling Ministries is a Christian, non-profit organization aimed at serving families in the Charlotte community through counseling.

The Bridge was started by Lina Ratcheva, PhD, who is the founder and president and CEO of Saint Mary International Adoptions, a local adoption agency which first opened in Charlotte in 2001.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Anxiety Disorders  are the most common illness in the US, affecting 40 Million adults, or 18% of the population every year?

25% of children have anxiety disorders. (Ages 13 -18)

(source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

Types of Anxiety?

We’re sharing with you from the ADAA’s website as their research is wonderful!

(source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)6.8 Million3.1% of USWomen are twice as likely to be affected. Co-occurs with major depression.
Panic Disorder (PD)6 Million 2.7% of USWomen are twice as likely to be affected.
Social Anxiety Disorder15 Million6.8% of US35% of people report symptoms for 10 + years before seeking help.
Specific Phobias19 Million8.7% of USWomen are twice as likely. Average age of onset is 7. OCD and PTSD could accompany.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)2.2 Million1% of USAverage onset age is 19.  1/3 of adults experience symptoms in childhood.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)7.7 Million3.5% of USRape is most likely trigger. 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop this disorder. Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of lifetime likelihood of developing PTSD.
Major Depressive Disorder16.1 Million6.7% of USThe leading cause of disability in the US. More prevelent in women than men.
Persisten Depressive Disorder (PDD)3.3 Million1.5% of USOnly 61.7% are getting treatment.

What is Causing Anxiety?

In a survey done by the American Psychiatric Association, out of 1,000 adults, nearly 48% said they’re “extremely” or “somewhat” anxious about “My Relationship with family, friends, coworkers”.

(Source: American Psychiatric Association)  

Talk to Someone?

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

(Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

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Whom Do We Serve?

Because of our founder, The Bridge Counseling Ministries, certainly has the expertise to help adopted families work through multiple issues.

However, we find that even families who weren’t put together through adoption may have similar issues they need help resolving.

Therefore, our licensed therapists and social workers, who are also believers, are here to help you with almost any issue.


Our Services

Our licensed therapists specialize in family counseling such as: 


  • Marriage Counseling
  • Parental Counseling
  • Eating Disorders Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
  • Bullying Counseling
  • Child Abuse Counseling
  • And of course, Adoption Counseling

Our Mission

To empower licensed therapists, who are also believers, to help people through counseling.

Our Vision

Because there is redemption in Christ Jesus, we want people to know that the struggles, pain, and confusion won’t last forever.

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