The emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of the students at Madison Academy is utmost in importance to every parent, faculty member, and our community as a whole. This was the motivation behind Madison Academy’s counseling program that was implanted for the 2014-2015 school year and that has continued since. In that time, our counselors have seen an average of six to eight students and/or faculty on a monthly basis and have dealt with many different issues including: low self-esteem, eating disorders, learning disabilities, spiritual issues, social and relational issues, depression, anxiety, developmental trauma, chronic stress, and family issues (divorce, separations, hostility in the home, abandonment, etc.).

Counseling is a process by which the counselor and the student work together to identify and work on any topics the student brings to the table. The process helps the student develop a strong self-awareness of what is and is not working in their life and then identify strengths within themselves to help them make positive changes. There are no instant, painless, or passive cures. Sometimes change will be easy, but more often it will be slow and deliberate.  By any measure, the counseling and educational program provided to our students for the past five years has been a great success. While this program is open for ALL Madison Academy students, it is not funded by tuition or operating. Instead, it is fully sponsored by donors who know the challenges teens face and have a deep desire to ensure that a trained counselor is available to provide support.  If you want to know more about the counseling services or how to support the program, please contact our principal, Kris Fuentes at 615.865.4055 or kfuentes@madisonacademy.com.

Garren Carter, MS, LPC-MHSP, MAC has spent 20 plus years serving Seventh-day Adventist teens as a youth pastor, Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider, and a Master Addiction Counselor. He has a distinct perspective and is deeply acquainted with the specialized struggles and issues facing Seventh-day Adventist young people.

Sarah Gery, MS, has graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University and has been counseling for three years. She has a 4-year old dog named Riley and is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. She joined the counseling team at Madison Academy two years ago and has been reaching, supporting, and guiding a number of students, especially our young women