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Counseling Services

When the local church won't help you NS We receive requests every week asking about our counseling process. If you are looking for a counselor or need to locate a counselor for someone, this page may help you. Due to Rick’s ongoing oversight of the business he does limited counseling and is typically booked months in advance. However, you can receive prompt local or long distance counsel from our team. Our team counsels long distance through our WebEx technology service. WebEx provides video, audio, and whiteboard capabilities that allow us to counsel wherever there is Internet. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can still receive long distance counseling over the phone. If you would like to receive counseling from our team, please fill out the info at the very bottom of this page and send your request to us.

Counseling and Consultations

  • Clients looking for counseling regarding a situational difficulty.
  • Counselors seeking advice about various issues.
  • Pastors who need to work through church, marriage, or family issues.
  • Church Leaders looking for counseling or equipping advice.
  • Business Community looking for coaching or team training.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.

Counseling and Coaching Fees

All sessions are from 90 to 120 minutes. The 1st session is $135.00. All other sessions are $95.00.

Ways to receive counseling services

Our office is in Greenville, SC, but if you live out of the region, we can do counseling via the phone and the Internet.

Getting started

    1. Contact our office to let us know what you would like to do.
    2. Use our online payment gateway to pre-pay (see prices above).
    3. Once we receive your payment, we will settle on a time that works with your schedule.
    4. You must carefully read these two documents: (1) Six things to know before you receive counseling and (2) read and sign our Informed Consent Form
    5. Photos of our office on Facebook.
    6. Directions to our office.

Our counselors

Julie Ganschow 300x300 NSJulie Ganschow (Kansas City, Missouri) has been counseling and discipling women for over a decade. She is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC) where she functions as a certification mentor for women desiring certification through the IABC. Julie blogs for the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC) and is the Executive Director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center. She is available for distance counseling via Skype and other electronic media. Mark Grant 300x300 NSMark Grant (Mullica Hill, NJ) was raised in Columbus, Ohio and obtained his B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University. During the day, he works for the Navy as a civilian engineer. With his own marriage healed from finding Christ, he has had a passion to help others apply the Gospel to everyday life. He was introduced to Biblical Counseling while attending a NANC conference 7 years ago. Mark recently completed Rick’s Distance Education program and serves his local church and other Christians in the area as a lay counselor. He is married to Lesa and they are the proud parents of a 13-year-old daughter. Mark serves in our Member Services department as our Forum Director as well as one of our counselors. Mike Hawkins 300x300 NSMike Hawkins (Greenville, SC) was born in Alaska and lived in 17 different places by age 10. He lived in Pensacola most of his life playing baseball, golf, and living on the beach. He fell in love with Jane in 1976 and married her 366 days later. They moved to Greenville in 1978 and have called it home ever since. Mike was a Bi-lo manager for 14 years before becoming a pastor at Fellowship Greenville in 1994. He is also a recent first-time grandparent. After graduating from Pensacola Jr. College with an AA degree, Mike attended Bob Jones University where he earned a BA in Music and Youth. His heart and passion is to disciple men and to help them lead their families. He loves football and enjoys watching Alabama and the Miami Dolphins. Sara LaPage 300x300 NSSara LaPage (Greenville, SC) is originally from Seattle, Washington, but she spent most of her childhood in New England. She moved to the Greenville area to attend college and has been here ever since. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Counseling at Bob Jones University. Sara has been certified in the counseling field. Sara taught for seven years before the birth of her first child in 2012. She’s excited to be home now with Adela and working as the 1st & 2nd Grade Area Coordinator at Fellowship Greenville. She is passionate about helping children to grow up to be discerning followers of Jesus Christ.

Other counselor options

Though the counselors linked below are not associated with The Counseling Solutions Group Inc., you may find these options helpful to your needs. The Counseling Solutions Group bears no responsibility in finding a counselor for you or any results from your counseling experience. Some of these counselors do not charge for their counseling, while others do. You will need to inquire about the counselor’s polices and practices. ACBC - The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors has counselors all over the United States. Click the hyperlink, type in a zip code near you, and contact anyone on their list. Ellen Castillo 300x300 NSEllen Castillo is a certified Biblical counselor, certified through the International Association of Biblical Counselors. She has served for several years as a Biblical counselor in her local church and as the director of Word Of Hope Ministries. Word Of Hope Ministries offers Biblical counseling to women and their families both locally on the Central Coast of California and via Skype. She also provides a Biblical mentor training course (along with mentor support and resources) for women who would like to become equipped to offer deep discipleship to women and girls in their own local churches. Mentor training can be accessed both in person and online. To reach Ellen, please visit her websites at www.word-of-hope-ministries.com and www.biblicalmentor.com.

Membership Levels

We offer individual and group levels with recurring billing to fit your lifestyle.

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How to get the most from counseling

“When I make an appointment with The Counseling Solutions Group what do I receive in addition to the actual counseling session?”

This is an important question to ask. We believe counseling is a good start toward the process of change, but we also believe counseling alone will not be effective for the long-term. Situational difficulty does not come to you quickly or all at once. It is typically the accumulative effect of many years of challenges. Therefore, it will take more than a season for a person to successfully work through the necessary changes in order to live more effectively. Realizing this, we have invested a lot of time, focus, and energy into a customer satisfying plan that is comprehensive and geared toward realistic and measurable goals. If I asked you to lose one-hundred pounds over the next few months you would envision major lifestyle changes coming your way. You would also expect the change process to involve more than two hours per week. There is no magic in weight lost. It takes work. In like fashion, your spiritual well-being is similar to the physical challenges needed for effective change. Someone once said if you continue doing the same things you have been doing then you can expect similar results. In that sense, your future can be predictable by looking at your past. The good news is if you determine to make radical changes in your thinking and behaviors you can expect complete and satisfying lifestyle changes. This will require more than counseling. We suggest for those who come to us for counseling to become Members of our training site. It is the most inexpensive and effective way for you to receive ongoing care. Though we do not counsel on our Member’s site, you will be able to access Rick’s lifetime work. This “all you can eat” site is the perfect complement to your ongoing desire to change. You can learn more about joining our team by clicking here.

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