Meet Our Team

Cliff Thomas

Executive Director

Having served on the board of directors for more than four years, Cliff Thomas joined Life Renewed Counseling as the new Executive Director in 2016. Cliff has an extensive background in marketing, from owning his own business to working in real estate but has found his passion in the nonprofit world and with behavioral health. Since 2016 Life Renewed Counseling has seen an enormous transformation in its new name and logo to the expansion to the people they serve and our “renewed” board of directors. Currently, he is enrolled at LSUS earning his masters in Nonprofit Administration.

As a husband, father and individual he is committed to helping others. As a student in college, he served as a Minister of Youth and became a licensed minister. Through his experience of working with youth and families, he clearly understands how important it is for people to have qualified professional to help individuals and families go through those times in life that seem to be overwhelming.

Our Counselors

Jacob Hatch

Counselor

I believe in a collaborative approach working with couples and individuals. Together we will identify and work towards achieving goals and create new ways to work through problems. My goal is to help you focus on your strengths and what works. Whether that means improving communication, resolving conflict, or strengthening relationships, my experience and training focus on helping couples improve their relationship. I am also able to help individuals focus on growth by overcoming challenges in a meaningful way.

Couples’ relationship health is my specialty. Using the Gottman method, I work with couples to resolve conflict and build their relationship through improved communication. With training in PREPARE/ENRICH pre-marital counseling and offer a structured plan to meet premarital counseling needs. When problems pop up, it can feel overwhelming. But you have the ability to deal with it and make changes when necessary. Seeking help takes courage. If you’re in need, feel free to call with questions or to schedule an initial consultation.

A Little More about Jacob Hatch

Jacob Hatch is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is trained for the Prepare/Enrich premarital and marital counseling program and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic. #MH15384).

Jacob received his Bachelor’s in Social Work from Ashland University, a Master’s in Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. Jacob served as a youth director for nearly ten years before turning his focus toward mental health counseling.

Jacob approaches therapy from a strengths-based, wellness approach that focuses on using what works for individuals, couples, and families. His approach to therapy is one which uses the family or individual’s faith as an asset when challenged with unforeseen circumstances. He has been trained in DBT, Infant Mental Health which focuses on bonding and attachment between young children and their parents, as well as Trauma-Focused CBT.

Rev. Lou Lothman Th.D.

Counselor

Rev. Lou Lothman, Th.D., has served as Director of Life Renewed Counseling from 1996 till 2016. Lou is licensed by the State of Florida as a Marriage and Family Therapist ( Lic. # MT 1294). Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is a Presbyterian minister, serving since 1977. Lou received his B.A. from Duke University, Cum Laude, in 1972. He received his M. Div. degree in 1977 from Columbia Theological Seminary in and served in parishes in Panama City, and Atlanta from 1977 to 1985. In 1986, he accepted a call to move to Jacksonville and join Pastoral Counseling Services in the role of a pastoral counselor.

Since then, he has provided and continues to give faith-honoring counseling to individuals, couples, and families. In 1989, he completed his Th.D. in Pastoral Counseling with his focus in areas of family, mourning, and family functioning. Dr. Lothman’ s areas of work include depression and anxiety, couples and family, parenting and relationship issues, and spiritual growth. As well as including help in resolving crises in meaning, grief, loss, and build self-esteem.

Dr. Lothman has been married to his wife, Judy, since 1976 and has two grown children. He enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, and writing.

 

A Little More About Dr. Lou Lothman

God chose to speak to Lou through the burning heart of his father’s early death. After high school, he attended Duke. There Lou pursued youth ministry and then enrolled in Columbia to graduate with a Master of Divinity.

God’s voice spoke again for Lou to give his heart to Judi Foti in their marriage in 1976. This loving relationship led to two lovely daughters Laura Grace and Kristin Anne. And then God called Lou to his first church at in Panama City to preach and work with young adults.

He was again called to explore the possibility that he was really meant to pursue pastoral counseling. He enrolled in a Clinical Pastoral program at Wesley Woods, following it up with a Doctor degree in Pastoral Counseling. While in school Lou was called to be a Parish Associate from 1982-1985 responsible for a range of pastoral duties.

Our Board of Directors

Shan Holliday

Shan Holliday

Board Chair

Cathy Soud

Cathy Soud

Chair Elect

Dr. Kimberly Davis

Dr. Kimberly Davis

Board Member

Dr. James Garner

Dr. James Garner

Board Member

Alan Louder

Alan Louder

Board Member

The Rev. Melanie Marsh-Baum

The Rev. Melanie Marsh-Baum

Board Member

Beth Touchton

Beth Touchton

Board Member

Mark Patrick

Mark Patrick

Board Member

If you are interested in joining our board, we are always looking for new board members to serve and proivde impact for our community. If you would like to learn more about joining our board, please contact our Executive Director, Cliff Thomas at info@lrcjax.org.

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