Practice Specialties

  • Couples Christian Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Grief and Bereavement Christian Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Christian Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

About

Our approach to counseling is marriage-focused and Christ-centered. We counsel couples to apply sound biblical principles integrated with evidence-based techniques, and we help them eliminate obstacles and overcome challenges they are facing. Our clients replace unhealthy behaviors with Christ-like and God-honoring behaviors that produce lasting change. They end up functioning as a unified team, accomplishing their purposes, individually and as a couple, and experiencing true love, joy, and unity.

Marriage Center's mission is to partner with couples and churches to strengthen and restore marriages by providing counsel based on the scriptures of the Bible; teaching and training couples in the day-to-day application of God’s Word as it relates to the marital relationship, thus enhancing spiritual connectedness; and assisting in conflict resolution and reconciliation. The ultimate goal is for husbands and wives to honor and glorify God and bear witness to His love and power.

Our Belief: God created marriage and defined it as one man and one woman in a covenant relationship designed to fulfill His purpose and further His kingdom here on earth. We believe that it is impossible for husbands and wives to experience true oneness and the intimacy that God designed for them without Him being at the very heart and center of their relationship.

Therapists on Staff

Arlene Malone
Sara Wood
Arlene Malone

Arlene Malone

LPC, NCC
Arlene Malone is the founder of Marriage Center in Chesapeake, VA. She is a Christian and Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Inspirational Speaker who is passionate about the integrity of the marital relationship. Arlene is committed to helping couples build a solid foundation for a strong and loving marriage. Her mission is to partner with couples and churches to strengthen and restore marriages by providing counsel based on the scriptures of the Bible.

Arlene counsels to inspire husbands and wives to resolve conflicts and to accomplish lasting change. She works with both married couples and men and women who are preparing for marriage, helping couples in the day-to-day application of God’s Word as it relates to the marital relationship to enhance spiritual connectedness, conflict resolution and reconciliation. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, Arlene writes, develops marital and premarital programs, and facilitate workshops.
Sara Wood

Sara Wood

Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Sara LaRose Wood is a Licensed Professional counselor, supervisor, and counselor educator in the commonwealth of Virginia. She has her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University as well as an MA in Community Counseling and a BS in Psychology. As a counselor, she has a wide range of clinical experiences, including working in psychiatric settings, serving with the juvenile justice system, running groups for a local senior center, creating a church-based practice serving both the congregation and community with mental health resources and referrals, and maintaining her own private practice.

Her mission in counseling is to minister to the broken hearted both within and outside of the church and to be a vessel of God's healing, freedom, comfort, and provision for those in need. When it comes to marriages, she specializes in working with spouses of sexual addicts, addressing codpendency/healthy relationship concerns, and providing pre-marital/marital therapy.

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