Counseling Services


In an effort to expand our offerings to help our parishioners, especially during the time of bereavement, we searched for a counseling group to assist us. We talked with other parishes and Spirit of Peace was a common recommendation. We are pleased to formally welcome Michele and Ruth to St. Joan of Arc, and we are grateful for the good they have already accomplished here.

Fr. Black

At Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling (SOPCC), we are dedicated to helping people restore hope, peace, and balance in their lives. As licensed professional Christian clinicians we strive to provide compassionate, confidential, and individualized counseling services to enhance and integrate the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the individual, couple, or family. We help our clients regain a sense of balance in their daily living and learn to lead more meaningful lives.


To meet with Michele or Ruth call the SOPCC phone line at 614.442.7650.

Michele Melaragno, LPCC-S, is a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She sees adolescents (ages 14+) and adults in individual, family, and marital counseling. Michele’s areas of focus include, but are not limited to: adolescent issues, adult aging, anger management, anxiety, career issues, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, marital and pre-marital, parenting, and trauma.

Ruth Friedman is a Marriage and Family Therapy and Counselor Trainee and a clinical intern with SOPCC. In addition to her experience working with individuals and families, she is trained in couples counseling and levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Gottman Method of couples therapy. Ruth is available to meet with couples, families, and individuals at St. Joan of Arc on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. During the rest of the week, she sees clients at SOPCC’s Gahanna, Sunbury, and Upper Arlington locations. She offers both weekday evening and Saturday hours. Ruth accepts clients on a sliding-fee scale. To schedule with Ruth, please contact her directly at or call 614.442.7650, ext. 19.