Counseling Services

As therapists with Sanctuary Counseling Group (SCG), we work with individuals, couples, families, groups, adults, children, adolescents, single-parent families and step-families struggling with a variety of issues, including:

  • stress
  • self-esteem
  • guilt and shame
  • depression and anxiety
  • anger management
  • loss and complicated grief
  • marital and family conflict
  • trauma and abuse
  • parenting
  • life changes
  • personal growth
  • illness and chronic pain
  • spirituality and faith

Not all persons bring issues of faith and spirituality into the counseling session, but some do. SCG therapists are trained in both mental health counseling as well as theology and spirituality, and are open to the ways that one's faith may be an asset in healing and health. As noted in our mission statement, "we are dedicated to the healing of heart, mind, and soul."


In addition to individual, couples, and family counseling, SCG staff members can be available to teach or facilitate workshops and training events on a host of topics. Topic themes can be tailored to the needs of your group. More information can be found on the services for clergy page or by contacting the counselor in your area.


As consultants, we respond to needs within the church and community by presenting workshops, retreats, and consultations designed to heal, inform and empower. Consultations may be brief or long-term and may involve crisis intervention and trauma debriefing, conflict resolution, psycho-education, re-visioning, and facilitation of transitions in the church's life. Consultation services are made available to:

  • congregations
  • clergy staff
  • judicatories
  • agencies
  • business and industry
  • professional practices


With LPC's, LMFT's, LCSW's, and fee-based pastoral counselors on staff, qualified staff members can provide approved professional clinical supervision for other mental health counselors in training. For example, those certified as Fellow or Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors can provide supervision or consultation for pastoral counselors.

Testing and Evaluation

SCG staff currently contract with Ministry Development Service (MDS) to provide psychological evaluation services for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, evaluating incoming clergy candidates. Individual psychological assessment for clergy at risk or in distress is also available from Sanctuary Counseling Group staff on a case by case basis.

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 Solihten Institute.