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About the Director

Dr. John Thorington is the director for Restoring Hearts Counseling.  He is a licensed professional counselor. He is also certified as a Sexual Recovery Therapist by the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy and holds four degrees—a BA in Religion and Psychology, a Master of Divinity, a Doctor of Ministry degree, and MA in Community Counseling. John works as a pastoral counselor at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, CO, and has 29 years of experience as a pastor in the local church.


Restoring Hearts Counseling is a counseling center especially dedicated to helping teens struggling with sexual compulsivity. It represents the focus of his life as both a pastor and then as a counselor.  He served as a Christian pastor for twenty-nine years. In his last position, he served as Pastor of Discipleship and Evangelism for First Wesleyan Church in Tuscaloosa, AL. During that time (1999-2005), he became passionately concerned about teens and families fighting sexual struggles. Those battles had to do with Internet pornography and other online activities.


First Wesleyan Church was incredibly supportive in helping him to change the focus of his career. While he continued to serve them, he also went back to school and earned a degree in community counseling from the University of Alabama in May, 2005. A year later in 2006, he became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama. Somewhere in the midst of all this, he took two years to train with a widely recognized sex addiction expert, Patrick Carnes, to become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist in 2007.


In all this very busy time, the Lord used him to found Tuscaloosa Christian Counseling in 2004. The center operated full-time from June, 2005 until July, 2014, serving families in their battle with sexual addictions. He treated people literally from all over the country and even Canada. TCC was an outpatient, Christ-centered program for adults and teens who sought healing in areas of sexual and relational brokenness. The center literally helped hundreds of people learn how to walk in freedom.


In August, 2014, he and his wife moved to Colorado Springs, Co. Several things prompted this very difficult decision. In large measure, there was the fact of having two daughters and three grandchildren there. And, they also had other relatives on both sides of their families. Of course, if you have ever been to Colorado, you know it’s incredibly beautiful with the mountains! So, he completed the necessary steps and became again a Licensed Professional Counselor this time in Colorado.


Not only does he and his wife get to spend time with family, he considers himself very thankful to God that he has a part in the work and mission of restoring broken hearts and lives—only now in Colorado Springs.

Lead Therapist

Harry Pearson has worked as a therapist in clinical counseling centers and private practice. He is a Military Family Life Counselor for Magellan Behavioral Health / U.S. Department of Defense (CYB-MFLC). He has served with the Missouri Department of Corrections as a State Substance Abuse Treatment Coordinator and was a Substance Abuse Counselor III at Missouri’s Ozark Correctional Center. Dr. Pearson is also an authorized Mental Health Chaplain.


Dr. Pearson has taught on the university and graduate levels at Central Bible College, University of Valley Forge, Evangel University, and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has also served in church ministry as Assistant Pastor of education and counseling, Associate Pastor of education and training and Lead Pastor. Dr. Pearson also participated in starting two church ministries.


Dr. Pearson holds various degrees and clinical certifications. He graduated from the Clinical Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. He received a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. He has also earned three master degrees: a Master of Sacred Theology in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling from New York Theological Seminary; a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Arts in Biblical Literature from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Dr. Pearson’s Bachelor in Business Administration is from Evangel University. He is clinically certified in counseling through The Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in New York City and The Council for Relationships in Philadelphia.


He has been married to Karyn since 1982. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.