Meet The BuxMont Counseling Team
Matt Reed, director
Matt Reed, Jr. is a graduate from Word of Life Bible Institute, Lancaster Bible College, and Biblical Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts with a counseling concentration. He has previously served as the Youth Director, Assistant Pastor, and the Senior Pastor of the Independent Bible Church of Willow Grove, PA. For more than 10 years, he was Executive Director of Haycock Camping Ministries, a year-round camping facility which operates an eight-week summer ministry and a weekend retreat ministry in the fall, winter, and spring. Matt served as a staff counselor at Calvary Church and also as a lay elder. He joined Calvary’s full-time staff in November of 1998 and has had various responsibilities which have included oversight of small groups, adult ministries, assimilation, outreach, and international ministries. He is now serving as the Director of BuxMont Counseling. Matt enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, working out in the gym, traveling, and reading. Matt and his wife live in Perkasie and they have a married daughter and an adult son.
Karen Baack, counselor
Karen Baack is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work from Temple University. Karen currently works as a therapist in the Employee Assistance Program field. Previously, she worked in nursing homes, hospitals, medical rehabilitation facilities, and hospice. She has a wealth of experience working with the elderly and their caregivers.
Karen’s current counseling interest is in serving women, single or married. She works in the areas of anxiety, depression, chronic medical conditions, grief and loss, life transitions, self-esteem, and with caregivers whose loved ones have cognitive issues, such as dementia or traumatic brain injury.
Karen is single, and loves spending time with friends and family. She enjoys reading, crafting, and watching documentaries. One of her favorite verses from the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Carol Boyd, counselor
Carol holds an MA in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She has a heart for serving families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Management from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but it was her desire to help families that led her to earn her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of Calvary Church in Souderton where, for the past 10+ years, she has served as the Teacher Coordinator for Women’s Bible Studies. Carol also has a work background in the technology field which led her to serve in Calvary’s Worship Technology ministry running slides on Sunday mornings and also on Calvary’s Technology Steering Committee. She previously was employed at Central Bucks School District, Merck, and Biblical Seminary in their IT Departments. Carol joined Calvary’s Information Technology Department in March 2016 where she continues to work.
Carol has served as a mentor through Bridge of Hope, Souderton, PA, coming alongside families and helping them obtain housing, employment, transportation, food, and necessities for the family’s day-to-day living. Bridge of Hope focuses on serving single women and children who are homeless. She has also worked with families with a history of substance abuse and incarceration. Carol serves as a part-time counselor of students at Lakeside Vantage Academy for grades 4-12. She also previously worked at the North Care Women’s Clinic in Lansdale, PA starting in 2012 where she counseled women, couples, and families in making informed decisions regarding their pregnancies, sexual issues, and assisted them with nurturing and parenting. She has experience helping those who struggle with many facets of life, including emotional and sexual abuse, depression, mental illness, trauma, anxiety, loss, and grief. She helps clients discover how to cope with issues like these that directly impact family, children, and marriage. She also has a special interest in the role of technology, medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle on a person’s mental health.
Carol is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and she incorporates Biblical truths and spiritual health into counseling.
“My goal is to help clients discover the healing, depth and meaning of Godly love (as described in 1 Corinthians 13) and how each one of us can apply that to our lives and hearts.”
Tedd Bradford, counselor
Tedd earned his MA Counseling from Biblical Seminary in Hatfield in 1993. He has worked as a therapist in our community since then, including 20 years at the Penn Foundation in Sellersville. Tedd brings a wealth of life experience and clinical experience to his practice. He specializes in family counseling but also provides individual and couples counseling. Tedd and his wife have been married for 27 years and have four children. He is active in community sports, having coached for over 30 years.
Christina Brodish, counselor
Christina has a master’s of science in Christian Counseling from Cairn University. She has been counseling at Calvary Church Counseling Center for over ten years. Christina also works at Souderton Area High School as an ESL teaching assistant. She has been happily married to her husband for 21 years. Together they are raising 6 children ranging in age from 21 to 7. As a family, they enjoy camping and vacationing together wherever it is warm. Christina loves to read and hopes to publish her own book one day. Currently, she is back in school to further her education. Christina’s work at BuxMont Counseling focuses on children, teens, and young adult women who struggle with family issues, anxiety, and behavioral problems.
Tom Cowgill, counselor
Tom is a licensed psychologist with a BA in Psychology from Thiel College and MA in Clinical Community Psychology from Temple University. Beyond graduate school, Tom also attained three years of post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Tom loves people and he truly enjoys helping others in the process of healing and claiming their freedom in Christ. His areas of interest include addiction and recovery, depression, anxiety, loss and grief, healing childhood wounds, personal identity and self-esteem, and marriage and family therapy. Tom enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples.
Tom has worked in a variety of settings including, psychiatric hospitals, rehab programs, out-patient centers, private and community-based programs, prisons, homeless shelters, and as a consultant to the Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health.
Tom has been married to his wife for over twenty-five years. They have a college-aged son. Tom enjoys outdoor activities, walking the family dog, and non-fiction reading on a variety of topics.
A favorite passage from Scripture that guides his work is Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Jess Greaser, counselor
Jess holds her master’s degree in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary and works primarily with teens and women. She has been at the counseling center since 2014, first as an intern and now as a counselor. She brings over ten years of experience working with teens and their families in youth ministry at Calvary Church.
Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, women struggling with infidelity, adolescents, and adolescents with mental health and learning difficulties. Jess takes an integrative approach to therapy by incorporating evidence-based treatments from parts of strengths-based, cognitive-behavior, existential, person-centered, and reality therapies. Jess approaches counseling from a Christian perspective and centers her counseling approach in Biblical truths while applying current, evidence-based mental healthcare trends.
In addition to counseling, Jess continues to work as a youth director at Calvary Church. She is married and has two teenage daughters and a young son.
Tara Aligo, administrative assistant
Tara holds a BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2002) and a MA in Secondary School Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2005). After graduation, Tara worked in Mifflin County where she served as a School Counselor for students in grades 9-12. When she wasn’t in the guidance office, she worked as a Mobile Therapist for a local mental health organization and served as the high school yearbook advisor.
Tara and her husband were married in 2010 and moved to the Lansdale area in 2011. Since then, Tara has spent time at home raising their two boys. She is on the executive board of a local moms club and worked for Calvary Church for 3 years prior to joining Buxmont Counseling Center. In her spare time, Tara enjoys baking, playing board games, and shopping.
Hazel Matlack, counselor
Hazel and her husband were mere children when they sailed to Italy with their baby girl in 1967 where they spent 16 years church planting. They returned to the States and some years later when she was a grandmother, she earned a master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University (then PBU).
She is blessed to have 20 years of counseling experience with married couples and women. She has the most fun with pre-marital couples – helping them learn to love well through communication skills, conflict resolution, healthy intimacy, spiritual growth, and more.
When she is not counseling, she is a wife, a mother of three and their spouses, and a grandmother of nine. Some of her family lives half a mile away, some 25 miles away and others live 7,500 miles away. She loves to cook and bake and get dirt under her nails in her garden. Hazel serves on the board of a non-profit organization and makes fleece blankets for a local pregnancy center.
"In my counseling I share what God has taught me through education, his Word, and my own life experiences. I am humbled to carry in my heart the hundreds of stories entrusted to me. I do what I do because: 'I, the LORD, have called you…; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you…a light…to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.' Isaiah 42:6-7”
Jessie Russell-Nisbet, counselor
Jessie Russell-Nisbet is a licensed social worker with a master's degree in social work from Marywood University. Her counseling interests include domestic abuse, early life trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, spiritual direction, life transitions, and personal, marital, and ministry conflict. Jessie was in full-time ministry for twelve years co-directing a residential home for troubled youth and their families. She worked as a counselor/advocate in a safe house for women and children who were survivors of domestic violence. She has two married sons and an adopted daughter.
Aaron Landis, Counselor
Aaron received his BS in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Social Services at Cairn University. After graduating he became a pastor. While serving in the church he saw the need to get his MA in Counseling in order to better serve the families at his church. He attended Biblical Seminary and graduated in 2013 with his MA in Counseling. Currently he is a teaching pastor at a local church. Aaron has joined the staff at Buxmont with 14 years of experience serving the local church and hopes to provide pastoral counsel for those who are struggling both as individuals and in marriage.
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-11