Counseling Ministry at GateWay Bible Church



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Life. It can be
full of frustration.
The Branches counselors would like to come alongside and support you in facing such times; to grow in Him and ‘bear much fruit.’


Branches Ministry offers licensed clinical counseling, pastoral counseling, telehealth, and certified life coaching.  All our services are client-focused, relationship based, and supportive of personal growth and change which reflects God’s will and the Biblical base at GBC.

Christian Life Coaching

places specific emphasis on forward focus; discovering personal goals and taking action towards goal fulfillment. Clients partner with their certified coach for encouragement, action planning, and accountability.  It is a partnership, which can evolve into an ongoing relationship tailored to meet client needs.


Telehealth is the use of secure video-conferencing technology to provide real-time counseling to clients at a distance. Our Marriage and Family Therapists using telehealth are in HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant. See individual therapists below that use this technology.

Pastoral Counseling

at Branches extends available resources to the church community and is similar to what is provided by  any of the regular Pastoral staff at Gateway.

Christian Clinical Counseling

services at Branches provide short-term assessment and counseling. Like coaching, this may help clients to discover and reach specific goals. Counseling is also designed to identify areas for deeper consideration or exploration. When such exploration is ongoing our counselors are qualified and able to offer that support or make suitable referrals to other appropriate professionals.


Sally Beck

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Primary office located in Aptos, but available for meetings at the GateWay Bible Church counseling office.

Sally Beck is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20 years experience. She is EMDR certified and also utilizes sandtray therapy, art therapy and play therapy for children. She enjoys working with those coping with illness or disability, and those suffering from trauma, depression, nightmares and anxiety. She has experience working with parenting skills, addiction issues and marital communication skills. She lives in Aptos with her husband Dave, of 40 years, and their two dogs, Lulu and Lady, along with Squeaky the cat.

Ron Taylor

Pastoral Counselor and Coach-in-training


Primary office located in Felton/Mount Hermon, but available for meetings at the GateWay Bible Church counseling office. Telehealth is available.

Ron has served in Christian ministry for 40+ years as either a pastor in church settings, or in directing camps and retreats in camp settings. He currently serves part-time at Mount Hermon Christian Camps. Ron loves outdoor adventures, connecting with people from all walks of life, and assisting people to sort through the many factors affecting our circumstances and decisions in our lives in order to move forward with their dreams and goals. As a Pastoral Counselor he seeks to walk alongside those who struggle toward gaining hope and strength through Jesus Christ.

Eric Burt

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Pastoral Counselor


Eric can see people, by appointment, at the GateWay Bible Church counseling office.

Eric comes from San Luis Obispo where he worked for County Mental Health for over 38 years.  During his time with Mental Health, he worked in the County Drug Program as an addiction specialist, Youth Services where he worked with children and families in a variety of different programs.  He also worked for Santa Barbara County in their Juvenile Hall as well as San Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall. Eric took a break from County Mental Health and went to work for Superior Court as a Family Mediator.  During his time in San Luis Obispo he served at Santa Margarita Community Church as Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, Awana Commander and Worship Leader.  He has extensive experience in the Foster Care System working for Cuesta College Foster Education Director and Independent Living Project Director.  Eric and his wife, Ann, have been at Gateway for the last 2 years and are relatively new to the San Lorenzo Valley.  Eric and Ann have been attending a Life Group and love being at Gateway.  Eric is a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor and is excited to be working with Branches.

Ron Marsh

Certified Life and Leadership Coach


Primary office located at GateWay Bible Church. Telehealth is available.

Ron has over 25 years of ministry leadership experience in both small and large churches and has been coaching since 2004. As a coach, he has spent over 3000 hours walking alongside others, helping them live fully for Christ with purpose and passion. He is a Certified Christian Coach and Coach Trainer, a presenter of workshops on spiritual gifts, destiny discovery, stages in leadership formation, and more. He is the founder of LeaderMorph and Purpose Filled Ministries….and is currently on staff as the Adult Pastor at GateWay.

Jo Romaniello

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Jo is not accepting new referrals at this time.

Jo has gathered over 30 years of experience as a clinical counselor, supervisor, facilitator/trainer and educator in private practice, university, or church settings.  In addition to direct counseling work, Jo supports service members and military families as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Services to the Armed Forces branch. She has also served as a mission consultant and adjunct professor for Pacific Islands University, a Gateway Global partner in Guam.  Jo and her husband share a love of music and serve together on the worship team at GBC. They also enjoy the unconditional love of two cats!






  • Qualified Christian clinical counseling with trained professionals for adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and groups.
  • Two free sessions to members of GateWay Bible Church or Baymonte Christian School.
  • Options to continue counseling on a sliding fee-for-service scale, or
  • Referral to a qualified counselor.
  • Group sessions and training seminars offered on a periodic basis.
  • Certified Christian coaching to encourage personal growth and accountability in discovering and fulfilling your God-given destiny.

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