Counseling Ministry

Sun Lakes Counseling Services

*Click here for information about Healthy Minds – A free public presentation on Nov. 8, at Sun Lakes UMC

Sun Lakes Counseling Services is a ministry of the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church. Confidential counseling services are offered to church members, church members’ friends, neighbors, veterans and family members, and the surrounding Sun Lakes community.

Counseling services are available for a wide range of issues, including: Addiction, Anxiety/Fear, Depression, Grief and Loss, Managing Stress, Family/Behavior Concerns, and veteran and/or family member issues.

Meet our Counselors:

Deb Ralston

Deb Ralston

Deb Ralston, MC, LPC, NCC, is licensed in Arizona as an Independent Professional Counselor and is also a National Certified Counselor. She is a member of Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.

Julian Pickens

Dr. Julian Pickens

Dr. Julian Pickens, Ed.D, LISAC, LMFT, BRI-II, is licensed in Arizona as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He also specializes in Couple and Family Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling. He is a member of Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.

Sun Lakes Counseling Services offers a complimentary (no fee) consultation for assessment, planning, and/or referral.

Counseling sessions are held by appointment, generally during office hours, at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.

Fees are decided on a sliding scale from $25 to $95 per session. Insurance is not accepted.

We now offer you a variety of complimentary crossword and Sudoku puzzle books. Doing cognitive puzzles may: Improve memory, problem solving, judgment and mood; lower stress; delay dementia and Alzheimer’s. Books are located in SLUMC Alpha Room outside of Deb Ralston’s office, so please help yourself to a book and enjoy! We appreciate this donation from St. Martin’s Press.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Sun Lakes UMC office at 480-895-8766, and ask that a counselor return your call.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT: Sun Lakes Counseling Services aspires to enhance each client’s ability to live a healthier and more meaningful life.  Counselors are committed to establishing a therapeutic alliance that is ethical, responsible and respectful for each client served.