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How do I become a client?

The Pastoral Institute is a safe place for peace and healing where people can be heard without fear of judgment.  We offer a haven to tell your story, gain hope, and become stronger.

We are ready to join you in your journey to healing and wholeness.  Our Intake Professionals are here to assist you in the registration process and finding the right counselor for you.  Call our office at 706-649-6500 today to get started.  We also offer telehealth for those times when clients need more convenience in their schedules.  


What Services Are Offered?

Services for Adults


If you are an individual, family or part of a couple in need of therapy, the Counseling Center is here for you. Our full-time and part-time clinicians have a wide variety of backgrounds and specialty areas.  We are available to talk to you about many issues, including:

  • Improving Relationships
  •  Managing Stress
  • Coping With a Loss
  • Manage the Stress of Parenting
  • Attaining Balance in Life
  • Overcoming Anxiety
  • Improving Body Image
  • Testing for Mental Health Conditions 
  • Career assessments 



A variety of ongoing and short-term groups are offered throughout the year. Click here to learn more about groups for adults. 



The mission of the Turner Ministry Resource Center (TMRC) offers various programs to promote healthy clergy and congregational life. The TMRC also provides educational opportunities and other services to clergy and congregation members. Click here to learn about the programs and services offered to our faith-based partners.

Services for Children


Every child's situation is unique. Every child is special. Our therapists are trained in a variety of therapy skills so that we can best treat your child. Our therapists are experienced in a wide range of child and adolescent issues.


As a parent, you know your child best and may be concerned that some milestones have been missed. The Children's Center offers developmental interventions and therapy as well as developmental assessments to help answer your questions. In addition to counseling services, we also offer specialized therapy and testing for children (some as young as 18 months old), teens, and families in therapy. We provide evaluations to assess for:

  • ADHD,
  • behavioral disorders,
  • learning disorders,
  • IQ,
  • giftedness,
  • trauma/PTSD,
  • autism spectrum disorders (including Asperger's disorder),
  • developmental delays,
  • mood disorders such as anxiety and depression or
  • other psychological problems.



The Sarah T. Butler Children’s Center provides group therapy services for young children through adolescence.  Click here to learn more about groups for children.    New group dates coming Fall 2022.  


Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you take my insurance?
We take most major insurances and will work to pair you with a counselor that is a good fit.   To find out what your insurance will cover we ask that you call your insurance company directly to verify your behavioral health benefits.  Some insurance plans require an authorization or a pre-certification that you will need prior to scheduling.

What if you don't take my insurance or I don't have insurance?
We have many options for those clients that may have insurance that we don't accept and those with no insurance.  Our Intake Professionals can work with you to determine the option that is right for you. 

Do I have an EAP/CCP?
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits may be offered through your company.  Click here to see a list of participating companies.  Please note that appearing on this list is not a promise of any benefit, please call your company's Human Resources department to confirm participation.  Click here to find out more information about EAP. 

The Covenant Congregation Program (CCP) provides counseling services for members of local congregations.   Click here to find out more information about CCP.

Do you take walk-ins?  
We do not take walk-ins and are not equipped as a crisis intervention center.  We encourage our clients in crisis to seek medical attention by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room.  

What if I don't feel connected to my therapist? 
Our greatest hope is that your therapy journey will lead to healing and wholeness.  This includes finding a counselor that is right for you. We understand that sometimes people don't connect or click, and that's ok.  If you are seeing a counselor and it doesn't seem to be a good fit, we want to know so we can help find the counselor right for you.    You can call our Intake Professionals who can confidentially help you find another counselor.

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