In 2017, the Board of Directors, staff, and supporters unanimously agreed that “Community Counseling Center” reflects our identity and desire to reach out with a warm welcome to all members of our community.
HOW THE COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER GOT ITS START
n 1970, a small, dedicated group of people decided that psychotherapy needed to come out of the shadows and form an extended part of their Presbyterian Church’s ministry. Many people were afraid of the stigma they might face seeking mental health care, which led them to turn to their minister for counseling. This placed a burden on ministers who did not have the specialized training they needed to provide this level of professional care. Our founders’ vision was to create an extension of the church’s ministry by providing specialized counseling, concern, and care by well trained, highly qualified counselors, for all people.
The Presbyterian Counseling Center, as it was known, offered counseling services to everyone in the community without regard to financial circumstances. To make that possible, churches and individuals generously supported the Center to meet the need.
In 1994, the Center moved to its present location in a specially designed facility on Wrightsville Avenue. The welcoming building is comfortably maintained to accommodate clients.
Beginning in 2005, the Center expanded its outreach with satellite locations at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, St. Philips Episcopal Church in Southport, Topsail Presbyterian Church in Hampstead and Wallace Presbyterian Church. All offices offer privacy.
THE CONTINUING MISSION
The Community Counseling Center is committed to providing counseling to every person facing psychological challenges. We believe that the ability to pay should never block a person from the care they need, when they need it, leaving challenging problems to become unmanageable. In order to provide timely, affordable services, generous donors underwrite sessions for clients who are uninsured, under-insured, underemployed, or facing serious financial barriers to receiving counseling services. Last year the Center was able to provide $100,000 in services that were not billed to our clients thanks to our generous donors.
The original vision for the Community Counseling Center continues today, providing professional psychological counseling to our entire community. Our donors include individuals, businesses, and churches. The Center deeply appreciates financial support from all these sources. The Community Counseling Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.