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.

Staff Perspectives

With the departure of our long time Executive Director, John Arey, we would like to introduce you to Sanctuary Counseling Group‘s new Executive Director, Jay Cobb. Jay is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. While he has been transitioning into his new role since July 15, 2019, he will assume the responsibilities of the position on September 1, 2019. Jay brings with him an extensive executive skill set and experience base from his 34-year career in the insurance industry. Over the years he has worked in large and small organizations to lead them in reaching their respective goals in productivity, efficiency, and growth. His success is attributed to his ability to recognize opportunities and create strategic plans that optimize the strengths of the organization. Jay enjoys coaching and mentoring people of all ages so that they can achieve their career goals. This will be essential as he works to take SCG into the future. [read more]


Minding the Mind

Too many of us worry about our physical health AFTER something unpleasant or serious happens to our bodies. It’s too easy to ignore healthy eating until one day we find that our clothes no longer fit comfortably. Possibly we have overlooked the need for sunscreen until the first bout with skin cancer. Or perhaps we have neglected to participate in a daily walking routine until after the first heart attack. Rather than wait for illness to occur, modern medicine encourages us to do preventative care: eat well, exercise, tend to a regular sleep cycle, take medicines regularly if we have them, etc. If we are wise and diligent, we will do such things.[read more]


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.

Donating to Sanctuary Counseling Group

Sanctuary Counseling Group is a 501.C.3 non-profit. 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.



Updated August 26th, 2019

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.