For almost 50 years, the Center has been a trusted resource to help families navigate life's changes and challenges through faith integrated counseling and psychological services. The Center's licensed therapists and residents provide counseling and psychological evaluations for children, teens, and adults. The Greater Dallas Community of Churches established the Pastoral Counseling Center in September 1968, with the mission of providing professional family and individual counseling for those with resources and those who would not otherwise be able to afford counseling. In 1976, the Center became a separate 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. The Center purchased its permanent home at 4525 Lemmon Avenue in 1991 and retired the debt on the property in 1998 through the generosity of a private foundation and donors.
Many factors have set the Center apart from other mental health care providers over the years. The Center breaks down barriers that prevent people from receiving counseling and psychological assessments by:
- Serving children, teens, adults, and seniors regardless of their ability to pay for mental health services by raising funds for community projects and offering a sliding scale based upon need
- Providing counseling in several languages including Spanish
- Reducing the stigma of counseling through education
- Recognizing the inter-relatedness of faith and spirituality in life and relationships and facilitating clients’ application of their faith to their healing and growth
- Collaborating with churches, clinics, schools, senior living facilities, and community centers to care for the whole person
- Offering services within communities to make services geographically accessible
Our staff of Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists includes six therapists who are bilingual or multilingual, four of whom speak Spanish. Many of our staff have had formal theological education in addition to their training in psychology and counseling. Our staff participates in ongoing continuing education, case consultation, and theological reflection.
Our education programming provides prevention education in the community covering topics, such as parenting, marriage enrichment, stress management, and caring for aging parents.
The Center's training program allows master's level practicum students, those who have completed their graduate degrees who are working towards licensure, and post-doctoral students the opportunity to gain experience, receive supervision, and learn and sharpen skills for providing spiritually-integrated psychotherapy. The Center's board and auxiliary group, the Ambassadors, support the mission of providing quality mental health care by advising and fundraising.
The Center encourages healing and growth in the Park Cities, North Dallas, Lake Highlands, and the areas immediately surrounding our main office on Lemmon Avenue. We provide education on parenting and mental health in churches, schools, and businesses across North Texas. With practice locations in Flower Mound, Garland, Mesquite, Frisco, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Oak Cliff, West Dallas, Vickery, Duncanville, Richardson, Lake Highlands, Fort Worth, Irving, Arlington, Coppell, and Highland Park, our services reach families with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Everyone we serve shares common experiences - loss, stress, fear, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, pain, and trauma. We make mental health education, counseling, and support services, which are generally thought to be only available to people with means, accessible to all.
Partnerships & Collaborations
The Center currently collaborates with the following organizations:
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
Healing Hands Ministries
New Friends New Life
West Dallas Community School
Tasby Middle School in the Dallas ISD
University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center
University of North Texas