Wendy Wharton has been working as a licensed therapist on Delmarva for over two decades. Wendy holds a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Wilmington College. She is a National Board Certified Counselor with full practice privileges from the State of Delaware (LPCMH). Wendy began her career working as a crisis counselor for the Delaware Pregnancy Center. Much of her formative clinical work and training dealt with inpatient and outpatient psychiatric emergencies, and she has been praised for her calming presence and ability to meet the client where he or she is, even if that place is a mess.
Additionally, Wendy has been working with Life Counseling Center since 2008 and is comfortable treating clients and families with a variety of struggles including but not limited to bullying at school, relational aggression, depression with or without suicidal ideation, marriage and divorce, single-parent parenting, generalized performance, social, or school anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, phobias, obsessive thoughts, and stress management. She also has a particular passion and keen awareness for the struggles of the elderly and their caregivers, some of whom are in the “sandwich generation” and find themselves caring for their parents and their children simultaneously. She utilizes several evidenced-based therapy techniques including CBT, progressive relaxation therapy, mindfulness, crisis de-escalation, and post-crisis intervention. Wendy prefers meeting her clients “face to face” but is also available for Telehealth appointments if needed.
She works to discern the role of couples and to restore authority to parents of challenging children and teens. She meets clients where they are, in a non-judgmental fashion and helps them identify their strengths by assisting them in creating strategies to meet their counseling goals. Her down-to-earth and calming style allows clients to feel at ease. Wendy believes that compassionate, Christian counseling allows clients to gain growth and understanding of the issues they face and find solutions for balance and peace. Wendy’s techniques are grounded in a Biblical philosophy that focuses on allowing the client to find a clarity and stillness of mind which is an attribute of God’s nature as well as what He wishes for his children (see Genesis 2:2, Psalm 46:10, Mark 6:31). Client feedback has been tremendously positive and Wendy feels a great sense of accomplishment when she can use her God-given nature and talents to bring peace and restoration to whole families. Many of her referrals come from current or previous clients.
Wendy is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, American Counselors Association, Delaware School Counselors Association, Delaware Counseling Association, American Christian Schools International and American Fitness Professionals Association.
Wendy is also a middle school track & field coach as well as a fitness and wellness instructor. She views life as she does the track: life has hurdles but by keeping your eyes on the goal, none are insurmountable. She has been married to her husband for over 30 years, and her greatest joy is spending time with her family. In her free time she enjoys reading mystery novels, doing home-renovation projects, kayaking, meditation, and trail walking, often all with a cup of coffee in hand.