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.

Listening for the Voice of God
as we Find a Way Forward …

As the staff of Sanctuary Counseling Group, we have observed the increasing anxiety among United Methodist clergy and United Methodist lay people as the called General Conference on Human Sexuality nears. Among this people called Methodist, there is unity in prayer that God will empower us to find a way forward, but there is also acknowledgement that we are divided in our thinking around the specifics of what a way forward will look like. Faithful United Methodists differ in interpretation of Scripture, understanding of tradition, life experiences, and how they reason through it all. It appears that there is a consensus that issues around human sexuality need to be addressed, and an accompanying fear of what this might mean for the unity of the church.

I found myself reflecting on my own feelings about the future of the church in a recent worship experience. I am aware that I feel sad, and anxious, and hopeful … because I believe that if we are asking the right questions, God will show us the way forward. Among the questions I find myself praying are: Where is God calling us in this time and in this place? What does faithful discipleship look like in this context? How do I live into my call as a faithful disciple of Jesus and as a minister of the Gospel?

While we will know more about the direction of the church following the General Conference later this month, our journey into the way forward will only be beginning. The practical implications of this historic conference will come into being in the weeks, months, and years that follow. It will be a process, not an event.

As you and your congregation move through this process, please know that we at Sanctuary Counseling Group are available to help support clergy and leadership teams through coaching and consultation. Together we can ask challenging questions and listen for God's response as we seek to follow in faithfulness.

Jesus began his ministry in the Gospel of Luke proclaiming that "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news …" May we join together in listening for the voice of God in order that we might be bearers of good news as we find a way forward.

Blessings …

Stacey Watkins-Griffith, D.Min.

"Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong.
Sometime in life you will have been all of these."
~George Washington Carver

"The first step in compassion is to notice the other's need. It all begins with the simple act of attention."
~Daniel Goleman

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."
~The Dalai Lama

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

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.

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.