Our Story

The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina brought their vision of a christian counseling center – a place that would serve both the church and the community – to life in the late 1980s. In April 1997, Dr. Tom Barbian began his work as the first Executive Director of The Christian Counseling Center.

Over the last twenty years The Christian Counseling Center has grown to include thirteen Licensed Professional Counselors, six Licensed Professional Counseling Associates, one Staff Psychiatrist, five administrative staff, and continual openings for graduate intern counselors.

Each year thousands of people are helped in Columbia and the surrounding area through the services of The Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church.

Our Philosophy

To provide the highest level of Christian counseling that will result in changed lives and have eternal impact in Columbia and throughout the world.

The Christian Counseling Center has the unique role in assisting First Presbyterian Church by providing Biblically-based clinical counseling and preventative services in order to build vibrant lives and strong families. This ministry is available to members of the church as well as to all who seek personal and relational wholeness.

We are committed to privacy, both from an ethical and legal standpoint. As a counseling center, we follow the HIPAA regulations as outlined in our Notice of Privacy Policies.

Our Theology

Christian counseling involves the therapeutic application of empathetic listening, discerning insight and practical strategies as well as the careful application of the Word of God, directly or indirectly, to the situations presented to the counselor. Together the client and the counselor seek truth within the context of faith and learn to apply such truth to daily living.

Read Our Theological Foundations (pdf)

Our Providers

Learn more about our providers who provide Biblically-based clinical counseling and preventative services in order to build vibrant lives and strong families.

Our Partners

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Make a Donation

As a 501(c)(3), The Christian Counseling Center strives to offer counseling to individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. This is made possible through the generous donations of our partners in ministry.

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Career Opportunities

If you are interested in being part of a Team that is working to further the vision and mission of the Counseling Center, please see below for current career opportunities.

Business Manager

First Presbyterian Church Counseling Center seeks a full-time Business Manager to lead our Administrative Staff. We welcome applications from qualified applicants who desire to further the mission of the Center. Please submit your candidacy using our Indeed job posting and include a resume and cover letter.

Main Office

1500 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Monday-Thursday- 8:30-5:00
Friday- 8:30-12:30

St. Andrews Office

Located in St. Andrews Presbyterian
6952 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

Northeast Office

Located in Crossings Community Church
2831 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229

Sumter Office

Located in Westminster Presbyterian Church 230 Alice Drive Sumter, SC 29150