Welcome to Sanctuary Counseling Group

Sanctuary (n): from the Latin sanctus or holy; 1) a sacred or holy place; 2) a place of refuge or safety, a haven; 3) shelter from danger, hardship, or threat.

Sanctuary Counseling Group—formerly known as Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services—has provided mental health counseling and pastoral counseling in the greater Charlotte area and in satellite offices in cities and towns around the western piedmont of North Carolina for over 50 years. Sanctuary Counseling Group currently has satellite offices in 15 locations in the western and central piedmont.

To learn more about us and the kinds of services we provide, or to find out how to make an appointment with a therapist in your geographical area, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

from the Clinical Staff of

Sanctuary Counseling Group

John V. Arey, D.Min.


Garry Cook, M.S.W.


Jonathan Golden, Ph.D.


Mark D. Larson, D.Min.


Adriana Serban, Psy.D.


Shannon White, M.A.


Jay Cobb, M.A.


Shelton D. Davis, M.Div., M.A.


Eddie Ingram, M.S.W.


Todd R. Matson, D.Min.


Stacey Watkins-Griffith, D.Min.


"To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.

Some of us
need to discover
that we will not begin
to live
more fully
until we have the
courage to do and see
and taste and experience much less than usual…There are times
when in order to keep ourselves in existance at
all we simply have to sit back for a while and
do nothing.
And for a person who has let themself be drawn completely out of themselves by their activity, nothing is more difficult
than to sit still and rest, doing nothing at all.
The very act of resting is
the hardest and most courageous act a person can perform."
~Thomas Merton


New SCG Office Location

Sanctuary Counseling Group has recently opened a new local church satellite office at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point, NC. Sanctuary Counseling Group staff therapist Adriana Serban, Psy.D. will be staffing the new office, and is currently accepting clients at the new location.

For more information on our new satellite office, visit Adriana Serban's bio page or the SCG office locations page.

Find a Therapist in Your Area

Sanctuary Counseling Group provides pastoral counseling and mental health counseling throughout the piedmont of North Carolina, from Shelby in the west to High Point in the east, from Pineville in the south to Hickory in the north … and in multiple locations in between—Charlotte, Monroe, Concord, Belmont, Davidson, Pineville, Salisbury, and Gastonia.

Find a therapist in your geographical area by checking our sites page.

Resources for Pastors

Sanctuary Counseling Group recognizes the unique needs and stressors of pastors working within the pastorate as well as the needs of the pastoral family. To this end we offer a number of resources specifically for clergy

Check out the Clergy Resources page, including educational and workshop opportunities, counseling and consultation, vocational assessment, and helpful readings. Feel free to contact an SCG therapist in your geographical area for further information. As persons trained in both theology and mental health counseling—and with a high standard of confidentiality—SCG therapists are in a unique position to serve the needs of parish clergy and their families.

Remember …

"Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply
good stewardship of the only gift I have,
the gift I was put on earth to offer to others."
~Parker Palmer

Donating to Sanctuary Counseling Group

While much of our budget is sustained by client fees, there are also a number of individuals, churches, and organizations that join with us in our ministry.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the ministry of Sanctuary Counseling Group. Unless otherwise designated, donations will be used to help supplement the Samaritan Client Assistance Fund, helping to supplement fees for those who might not otherwise be able to afford counseling.

Our Samaritan Client Assistance Fund is what makes Sanctuary Counseling Group a ministry and not just a business. By donating to Sanctuary Counseling Group's Samaritan Client Assistance Fund you can directly help those who are hurting. Our goal is to turn no one away because of lack of finances.

Please visit our Partners in Ministry page for more information or to make a contribution.


Mission Statement

Being dedicated to the healing of heart, mind, and soul, we provide excellent emotional, spiritual, and relational health care to all people of the Carolinas.

Sanctuary Counseling Group is an accredited service center of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Samaritan Institute.