Rev. Garry Cook, MSW
Confidential Voicemail: 704-375-5354 ext 405
First United Methodist Church
217 South Church St.
Salisbury, NC 28114
First UMC, Salisbury
From I-85 take the Salisbury Exit 76. Heading North on I-85, turn left off the ramp. If heading South, turn right off the ramp. In approximately ten blocks you will cross Main Street which is also Highways 70 and 29. In one block, turn left onto South Church Street (a one-way street). This turn light is directly in front of a memorial statue in the middle of the street. Go one block on South Church Street and cross Fisher Street after a stop sign. First United Methodist Church will be on your left. Park on either side of the street. The counseling center door is located just beyond the sanctuary entrance set back off the street and has the street number 217 posted on the wall just in front of the door. The church building is locked at all times, and this door is for those with scheduled appointments. For other purposes, please ring in at the door located on Fisher Street under the drive-through port.
From Highways 70 or 601. From Highway 70, turn right onto Highway 601 which is Jake Alexander Blvd. Go approximately 3/10 mile and exit onto the ramp to South Main Street. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Go approximately two miles and turn left onto Fisher Street. Just prior to Fisher Street you will go past Bank Street. After turning onto Fisher Street go one block and turn left onto South Church Street. The church will be on your left. Park on either side of the street. The counseling center door is located just beyond the sanctuary entrance set back off the street and has the street number 217 posted on the wall just in front of the door. The church building is locked at all times, and this door is for those with scheduled appointments. For other purposes, please ring in at the door located on Fisher Street under the drive-through port.
Rev. Cook is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Prior to clinical training, Rev. Cook served as a pastor for ten years. He has been providing counseling for over 30 years in a wide variety of settings.
Rev. Cook earned a BA Degree from Campbellsville University in Kentucky where he double-majored in Biblical Studies and in Psychology. He then completed his MDiv degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville where he concentrated his studies in pastoral care and counseling. Clinical training was obtained at Baptist Medical Centers-Birmingham, Alabama, where he completed a yearlong residency in Clinical Pastoral Education and a three-year residency in pastoral psychotherapy. Later he trained with and was supervised by an MD Psychoanalyst in North Carolina. For six years, Rev. Cook served as a faculty member of the Alamance Institute for Pastoral Counseling, a Prime Site for the Graduate Theological Foundation. The Institute, an accredited training center of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, is a doctoral degree program for the teaching and supervision of students of pastoral psychotherapy. He has gained experience in many settings including pastoral counseling centers, community mental health centers, a substance abuse center, a crisis recovery center, an employee assistance program, and through churches.
Having worked in many different settings, Rev. Cook is a generalist who comfortably works with a wide variety of clinical and life problems. He uses a pastoral psychodynamic approach that may be combined with other approaches tailored to the needs of the individual. Human difficulties most frequently encountered have been: life dissatisfaction, emotional struggles, depression, sexual concerns, relational difficulties, anxiety and panic, spiritual concerns, workplace difficulties and performance issues, excessive and debilitating stress, frequent worries, marital difficulties, grief and loss, and issues related to aging.