Counseling FAQ

What counseling approach do you use?

At HPBC we are committed to a biblical approach when counseling. Biblical Counseling is the process where the truth of scripture is related individually and practically to a person’s life circumstances. Three important distinctions help drive our commitment to this process:

  • First, we believe that when the Bible is properly interpreted it becomes sufficient for life as it reveals to the believer all the help necessary for one to understand his or her need for Christ, how he or she can please Christ, and how to live in a God-honoring way regardless of life’s circumstances.
  •  Second, the Bible is also the authoritative source with which all truth claims must be evaluated. We recognize and respect that there are many theories that use presuppositions, principles, and methodologies that are not in line with our interpretation of the biblical text, but we hold firmly to the belief that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our only chance for true change. 
  •  Third, we believe that genuine heart change is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 

For these reasons our view of counseling practice includes the importance of prayer, dependence on God, a growing knowledge of the Word of God, and the support of true community.

For a more detailed explanation of biblical counseling, please see the Standard of Doctrine and Standard of Conduct as prepared by ACBC, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. HPBC counselors work in partnership with ACBC, and in agreement with these documents. 

What are Lay Counselors?

The terms "laity" and "layperson" come from the Greek word "laikos," meaning "of the people." In church talk, they refer to regular members who aren't ordained. So, lay counselors are church members who feel a calling to support others. They've received training through the counseling ministry and volunteer their time under the guidance of the church, specifically the Pastor of Counseling.

It's important to note that Lay Counselors aren't licensed professional counselors; they're supportive guides. Like counselors, they typically meet with people for an hour in a counseling space, maintain strict confidentiality, take notes, and receive supervision from the HPBC counseling ministry.

How much do you charge for counseling services?

Our counseling service is a free offering for our church members and regular attendees. The expenses of running this service are covered by generous contributions from Hampton Park Baptist Church members. If you're not a member but would like to contribute financially to support our counseling ministry, we would appreciate a donation via check, with "Counseling Ministry" noted in the memo line.

What if I need immediate help and the counseling schedule is full?

We make every effort to fulfill each counseling request in a timely manner.  Should we not be in a position to do so at the time of your request we can refer you to another counselor in our community.

In addition to immediate help from 911 here are some important numbers in case of an emergency:

Suicidal Thoughts:

United Way
Phone: 211

Crisis Line
Mental Health Association

(864 467-8336

Domestic Violence Issues

Safe Harbor
24-hour Crisis Line:


Greenville Rape Crisis and Child Abuse Center
(864) 331-0560

How do I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment with either a staff counselor or a lay counselor is easy. Just complete the online Intake and Informed Consent forms available on the counseling page of our website. Once you've submitted your forms, someone from our office will reach out to you to schedule an appointment. If you have questions or need assistance with the forms, feel free to give our office a call at (864) 370-3100.