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 14 locations in the western 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.

Staff Perspectives:

"All Diagnoses and Degrees Aside"

there is the underlying
vulnerability and woundedness
the reservoir of uncried tears
which remain cloistered
closer to the center of the onion
even after many layers
have been peeled away
in therapy sessions gone by
there is the repertoire of
over utilized psychological defenses
which once upon a time
had a useful function
provided a way to adapt
served to protect and defend
made survival possible
before the adaptive became maladaptive
before the need for such rigorous efforts
at self-preservation became obsolete
there is the sudden and repetitive
return of the repressed
as defenses give way
as exiled ghosts from the dark
netherregions of unconsciousness
break out of their dark graves
enter consciousness
innocently haunting their way back
into some loving, life-giving embrace
there is the never ending
ever changing growing edge
there is the intermittent
moment of tension
in the therapy room
as client transfers onto therapist
as therapist counter-transfers onto client
there is the periodic "a hah" experience
as client learns from therapist
as therapist learns from client
both seeing in a mirror dimly
both knowing only in part
not a far cry from
blind leading the blind
in some ways miles apart
yet striving to travel together
each a far cry from arriving
at the end of the journey
all diagnoses and degrees aside
there is more than one client
in the room

(Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Vol. 57, No. 1, Spring 2003)

You may be hurting, feeling sad, broken, anxious, confused, torn, ashamed, angry. You may feel the need for some help to get through a very difficult time, to gain clarity and strength, to heal and grow, to achieve peace and hope, to recapture a sense of joy and wonder about life.

So what is it like to be in therapy?

Therapy is not like it has often been portrayed in the movies—with some cold clinician sitting behind a desk looking down at a clipboard while asking questions that leave you feeling analyzed before being dismissed.

Being in therapy is embarking on a journey with a fellow traveler who may simply know the territory a little better. This fellow traveler is kind of like a tour guide. The journey is much easier when you don’t have to travel through the ups and downs, the twists and turns, the rocky or seemingly perilous terrain alone. This fellow traveler cares about your well-being, walks alongside of you with empathy and compassion, a keen sense of direction, and an even keener interest in where you have been, and where you are wanting to go. This fellow traveler is humble, able to teach, but also eager to learn from you, to know you as you are, to understand your thoughts, feelings, needs and desires, hopes and dreams, to help you arrive safely at your destination.

There are certain experiences in life that can be profoundly enlightening, life-changing, utterly transformative. Being in therapy can be one of those kinds of experiences.

Are you tired of going in circles? Therapy can help you break new ground, blaze new trails, reach those wonderful but elusive places you have always dreamed about but have never been. Are you ready for a new adventure?

Todd Matson, D.Min.
Monroe Office, Central UMC

"Courage doesn't happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life."
~ Shannon Adler

"I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become."
~ Carl Jung

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
~ Joseph Campbell


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.