HG Counseling

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HG Counseling

Hickory Grove offers two avenues of counseling: Pastoral biblical guidance and Licensed Professional Counseling. We believe that counseling should begin with an understanding of people as spiritual, physical and psychological beings. Our counseling blends Christ-centered, Biblically-based principles, along with proven psychological principles to promote emotional, relational and spiritual healing.

Call 704-531-4034 to speak to a counselor.

Below is a list of our Licensed Professional Counselors. They are not on staff, nor paid by the church for their services, therefore, there may be a fee for their counseling:

Joanne Ballard

NCLMFT, North Carolina Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
CFLE, Certified Family Life Educator
M.A. in Child Development/Family Relations from the University of North Caroline at Greensboro.

Joanne Ballard is the wife of Dr. James Ballard.  She works with couples, families, and individuals utilizing a family systems approach in therapy. Prior to entering private practice at Hickory Grove, she spent 18 years as a family counselor with Eckerd Youth Alternatives working with children, ages 12-17, and their families. She also taught high school in Florida and freshman college students at Elon College. Joanne, for years, has facilitated a weekly support group on Wednesday nights at Hickory Grove, for individuals going through separation and divorce. Joanne and Jim have three children and five grandchildren.

Contact: 704-532-7211

Carolina Benitez

LPCA, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University

Carolina Benitez is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in the state of North Carolina and will be fully licensed in 2016. Born and raised in Honduras, Carolina is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish and has been involved with the Latin American community of Charlotte for over 10 years. In May of 2014, Carolina completed a 600+ hour internship providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, and adults at Hickory Grove Counseling Center. She graduated with a B.A. from UNCC in 2011 and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University in 2014. The focus of her work includes stress, anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, adjustment, and spiritual issues in individuals, couples, and families. Carolina’s approach to therapy emphasizes the benefits of working towards holistic well-being (mind, spirit, body, community). She is also experienced in working with groups and is a trained facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich program.

Carolina Benitez es una Consejera Profesional con Licencia Provisional (LPCA) de el estado de Carolina del Norte, y obtendrá la Licencia definitiva en el 2016. Nacida y criada en Honduras, Carolina es completamente bilingüe (Inglés y Español). Ha trabajado con la comunidad Latina de Charlotte por más de 10 años. Carolina es graduada en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte en Charlotte en el 2011 como Bachiller. En el 2014 egresó de la Universidad Internacional de Columbia con una Maestría en Consejería Clínica. En mayo del 2014 completó una práctica profesional de más de 600 horas especializada en estrés, ansiedad, depresión, manejo de la ira, autoestima, adaptación y problemas espirituales en el Centro de Consejería de Hickory Grove, atendiendo a niños, adolescentes y adultos. Carolina aborda la psicoterapia desde una perspectiva holística que enfatiza los beneficios de trabajar hacia un bienestar que incluya mente, cuerpo, espíritu y comunidad. También posee experiencia trabajando con grupos y obtuvo adiestramiento para facilitar sesiones utilizando el programa de Prepare-Enrich (Fortalecer Parejas).

Daryle Hines

LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
NCC, National Certified Counselor

Daryle Hines has been a therapist at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Counseling Center since 1988. She also worked as a counselor at The Family Connection and The Christian Connection in Charlotte for eight years. While pursuing her Masters she volunteered on the Psychiatric Unit at Presbyterian Hospital which provided valuable experience. Numerous years of experience in both education and mental health have provided an important basis for her working with diverse and intense emotional and spiritual issues with adults, adolescents, children, couples, families, and groups.

Contact: 704-535-2224

Dr. Christa Phipps 

LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
NCC, National Certified Counselor
B.A. in Social Work from Texas Christian University
M.A. in Counseling from University of N.C. at Charlotte
Ph.D. in Counseling at University of N.C. at Charlotte

Christa Phipps is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. She is an outpatient therapist at Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She has her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Texas Christian University, Master of Arts in Counseling from UNCC, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. She has recently earned a Ph.D. in Counseling at UNCC. Her Speciality is children, teenagers, women, divorce issues with minors, anger, stress, self-esteem and adjustment problems. Christa has worked with a number of agencies in the Charlotte area and in Fort Worth, TX. She interned in a home for severely abused children, and at local Pregnancy Crisis Centers. She has worked at Florence Crittenton, Providence Day School, and Second 2 None (an in-home counseling service working in conjunction with the Charlotte Police Department and Department of Social Service)

Phone: 704-807-4089