If you are looking for a counselor or need to locate one for someone, this page will guide you. Please read carefully. Due to Rick’s ongoing oversight of the ministry, he is not available for counseling sessions. If you would like to access Rick, you are welcome to (1) buy him a cup of coffee or (2) join his member site.
Our member site is not a counseling site for ongoing and unlimited advice. It is a training site where you can receive guidance from our team.
If you would like to be a counselor in our Referral Network, please request our protocols. If you agree with them, we will consider you as a candidate to be part of our network. You must be an active supporting member of our site.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you can still receive long distance counseling from our Referral Network. If you would like counseling from our Referral Network, read the bios below, contact our office, and request your counselor. (Use the form at the bottom of this page.)
- Your first session is $135.00 and will last up to two hours
- All other sessions are $100.00 and for up to two hours.
- Click PREPAY to access our payment gateway. You must pay before your counseling session.
- Six things to know before you receive counseling (article)
- The Ultimate Life-Change Handbook (booklet)
List of counselors
The Counseling Solutions Group, Inc. is not responsible for any outcomes or results from the counseling you receive from any contact you make from our site.
Ellen Castillo (Santa Maria, CA) 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 offers Biblical counseling to women and their families both locally (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 in-depth discipleship to women and girls in their local churches. Mentor training can be accessed both in person and online.
Anne Dryburgh (Bruges, Belgium) was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has been a missionary in Dutch-speaking Belgium since 1991. She has a B.A. in Biblical Counseling, an M.A. in Christian Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary.
The International Association of Biblical Counselors certified Anne as a biblical counselor. The American Academy of Biblical Counselors and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors also certified Anne.
Doug Graham (Cedarville, OH) was reared in Cincinnati, OH. He has a B.A. in Religion, an M.A. in Christian Education, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry (Trinity Seminary). He obtained his certification in Biblical Evangelism from Living Waters and received his biblical counseling from Rick Thomas.
Doug has pastored the same church since 1999. His church website is MadeToFish.com. He is a husband of a great wife and dad to two wonderful kids.
Mark 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 marriage healed from finding Christ, his passion increased to help others apply the Gospel to everyday life. He was introduced to Biblical Counseling while attending an ACBC conference seven years ago. Mark was trained by Rick Thomas and serves his local church and other Christians in the area as a lay counselor. He is married to Lesa, and they have one teenage daughter.
Mike 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 and golf while living on the beach. He fell in love with Jane in 1976 and married her 366 days later. They moved to Greenville in 1978 where they live today. 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 are to disciple men and to help them lead their families. He loves football and enjoys watching Alabama and the Miami Dolphins.
Dan Oberg (Lexington, KY) was raised in Chicago and Atlanta. He obtained his B.A. in Bible/Christian Education from Bryan College in Dayton, TN and his M.A. in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. During the day he works at the Amazon returns center in Lexington.
Dan received his ACBC certification in 2008 and was ordained into the ministry in 1991. Dan has been married to Peg since 1979, has three grown children and seven grandchildren. Dan has been involved in ministry for 25 plus years as an Associate Pastor primarily working with youth and their families. He values one on one discipleship, equipping believers to do the work of ministry and leadership development.
Joanne Thorstenson (Marco Island, FL) received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Business from Youngstown State
University and Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling/Human Relations from Liberty University. She is a member the Association of Biblical Counselors and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
Joanne grew up in western Pennsylvania and was a flight attendant for American Airlines before pursuing her master’s degree. She has been married to Mick since 1990, and they have four children. Joanne’s favorite Bible verse is a great encouragement to those who love God, Romans 8:28.
Other counselor options
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.
How to get the most from counseling
We believe counseling is a good start toward the process of change, but we also believe counseling alone is not enough 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.
It will take more than a season for a person to successfully work through the necessary changes to live effectively in God’s world. Counseling must be 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 loss. 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. Your transformation requires more than counseling.
We suggest you become a member 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.
- I have read the Informed Consent Form, and agree with it.
- I have selected the counselor that I’d like to meet. (We’ll be glad to suggest one if you cannot decide.)
- I understand the fees for counseling and will PREPAY before each session.
- I have watched the video, Six things to know before you receive counseling.
- I have read the article, Six things to know before you receive counseling.
- I am ready to submit my request. (Your submission to our office is affirmation that you agree with and have completed the preceding five items.)