Paul Kaschel and his wife Jackie founded Paraklesis Inc., a 501c3
non-profit corporation in 1990. Paul has been the director
of Forest Lakes Counseling, a faith based counseling center since the
inception of the organization. Paul and Jackie were
ordained in 1989 through the National Christian Counselors
Association and have worked together for many years in the community
and abroad in a variety of capacities including individual and group
therapy, seminars and retreats. They have also served the
Community of Faith in Traverse City by taking leadership in the local
pastor’s association, classes, worship, and serving on local church
boards and staff.
and Jackie were married in 1985 and have 7 children. They
have counseling experience in a broad range of areas including
anxiety, depression, relationship issues, spiritual struggles,
adoptive children, foster care, reactive attachment disorder, a wide
range of marital issues, affair recovery, substance abuse, sexual
abuse, sexual addiction and gender specific issues.
2008, Jackie's focus has been at PEACE Ranch where she is the Executive Director. Both PEACE Ranch and Forest Lakes Counseling are under the
umbrella of Paraklesis Inc. PEACE Ranch offers a number of programs
using equine therapy for team building, mental health issues, autism
spectrum disorders, single mothers, veterans/PTSD and other
populations. Paul and Jackie work together whenever it is
appropriate to combine the Forest Lakes Counseling services with
PEACE Ranch services.
has worked in the Mental Health field since 1981 when he was a Mental
Health Worker at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital in Grand Rapids.
He went on to work at Kent Client Services, an organization that
serves the Developmentally disabled population, as a Staff
Psychologist. He received his master’s degree from Western
Michigan University in Clinical Psychology in 1986, and his
doctorate from Oxford Graduate School in 1993. Paul serves
the community primarily through Forest Lakes Counseling where he has
been both staff psychologist and acting director. He is a
charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
He is on the referral list for Focus on the Family. Paul
is a Limited Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Professional
Christian Counselor through the Board of Christian Professional and
Pastoral Counselors, is certified to treat sexual addictions, and is
certified in the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) practice model of equine assisted
psychotherapy and learning as the mental health practitioner. This is a type of therapy that uses horses as part of the experiential process. There is no riding involved, and no horse experience is necessary.
spite of what might look like a stuffy background, Paul is down to
earth and as comfortable on the farm as he is in the counseling
office (perhaps more so). He is also old enough to know that pat
answers are not enough, and that quality in relationships both with
God and loved ones is the core of the good life. Please take a risk
and give him a call today.
Paul Kaschel ReachesTraverse City MI