Nobody’s life is perfect. Life is full of ups, downs, and many transitions in-between. Everyone has defining moments in their lives - challenging circumstances, relational pain, and transitional seasons. How we respond during these times has a direct impact on our future. Most of the time when we experience challenging situations, we can lean on friends, family members, or community groups. Sometimes, however, problems become more complex, and we need the guidance of professionals.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, are going through a life transition, or are struggling in a relationship, we want to help provide encouragement and help you make wise decisions in some of life's most crucial times.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve you.
Schedule an appointment online or contact our office by phone or email.
50 Al Henderson Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31419, United States
We look forward to serving you!
Dr. Spears serves as the Executive Director with LifeCHANGE Christian Counseling in Savannah, Georgia and as an Online Instructor at Liberty University and South University. He has served as Professor and Chair in the Counseling and Family Studies Department and the Program Director for the Community Mental Health (MAC) program of Cincinnati Christian University for 19 years. In his 19 years of teaching at CCU he has taught 35 different courses and accumulated over 500 teaching hours and provided clinical supervision for over 200 students and clinical residents. Dr. Spears is licensed as a Professional Counselor in Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Dr. Spears served as a pastor for ten years at Southwest Christian Church in Cleveland Ohio and as Youth Minister for seven years at the Northside Christian Church in New Albany, Indiana. He received a Ph.D. and M. Ed. from Kent State University; a M.Div. from Cincinnati Christian University; and a M.Th. from Louisville Bible Seminary. He has been married 41 years to his wonderful wife, Gayle, and together they have two grown children , Jennifer and Jonathan. He is Papa to Makenzi, Kylie, Kamden, and Link who are a tremendous joy to Gayle and Dr. Spears. In his spare time he enjoys reading and watching baseball.
Dr. Spears has enjoyed specific training in Gottman Method (Level 1 & 2), Relational Life Institute (Level 1), Trauma Informed Therapy, Prepare & Enrich, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS), Enneagram WPPS System, and Sexual Addiction Assessment & Treatment.
LifeCHANGE Counseling Services is a counseling practice dedicated to professional excellence and caring involvement in an atmosphere of faith. We have clinicians with education and expertise in a wide range of mental health areas. Dr. Douglas Spears is the director of the practice and will have access to any information regarding your treatment.
Appointments are typically scheduled for 50-minute sessions. Couples and family therapy can be scheduled for longer sessions as needed. Since therapy is a negotiated process, both you and your therapist will need to evaluate the progress of therapy periodically and determine the need for ongoing appointments. Length of treatment is determined by the nature and number of problems that exist.
If you have health insurance, part of your expenses for therapy may be covered.
You have the responsibility to understand your insurance coverage and the requirements and limits of their reimbursement for services rendered. We do not bill insurance. For example, you may need to call for pre-authorization for services or provide us with forms that your insurance specifically requires for service authorization. Please note that your insurance company may pay less or not at all if you do not meet these requirements and the result will be that your overall expense for therapy will be higher.