Dr. Christa Phipps
Counselor and Clinical Supervisor
Hickory Grove offers several types of counseling, including Clinical Counseling from Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC), Graduate-level interns in their master’s degree, Biblical Counseling from a trained Biblical Counselor, and various support groups throughout the year. Each type of counseling is designed to engender hope and create change for various struggles that people face. All our counselors are believers in Christ and are trained in the art of counseling that applies to their discipline. To see which counseling method is right for you, please feel free to browse through the different categories.
If you are interested in more information, feel free to browse through the different counselors or call 704-531-4034. In the summer of 2023, we are moving out of the church to the Mint Hill area! Please visit our website TabonucoCounseling.com
There is a difference between Biblical Counseling and Clinical Counseling. However, this can be confusing.
First, it is important to examine the similarities between the two.
But how do they differ?
Both Clinical and Biblical counselors can assist with many different issues. However, you must decide how you want to approach the issue. When considering which direction to go in, there is no correct answer. If you need more information, examine the different tabs, the different counselors, and feel free to call with questions.
There are several differences between the Clinical Counselors at Hickory Grove and the Graduate Interns.
Anything discussed in counseling with one of our clinical counselors is kept confidential, with the following exceptions:
Our interns follow the same guidelines (see above) of confidentiality as our Clinical Counselors. However, it is important to note they are still in training and receive supervision. Consequently, they are required to video sessions, and discuss cases with the clinical supervisor in the counseling center, and their respective universities.
For the most part, issues discussed in counseling with our Biblical Counselors is kept confidential, with the following exceptions:
Counseling is not always fun or easy. It is important to consider the following when engaging in counseling.
Feel free to call the office at 704-531-4034, and we can help you determine the best fit. Or, if you have a good idea of what you want and need, look through the counselors’ bios and call one of them directly.
You can call the office at 704-531-4034, and we can direct you to someone or look over the list of outside resources and call them directly.
Hickory Grove offers Clinical Counseling for members of Hickory Grove Baptist Church and non-members. According to the American Counseling Association, “professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals” (American Counseling Association). We blend Christ-centered, biblically based principles, along with proven psychological principles to promote emotional, relational, and spiritual healing. This relationship may be short- or long-term, depending on the issue you present. Clinical Counselors at Hickory Grove are licensed by the state of North Carolina or pursuing licensure. There is paperwork and a fee for counseling with Clinical counselors.
What is the fee?
There is a fee for the professional counselors. This will vary depending on the counselor’s experience, training, and license. The fee normally ranges from $120 to $165 per session. Our graduate interns are $10.00 per sessions, so if there is a financial need, they are a good option.
In Summer 2023, we will be moving out of Hickory Grove and to the Mint Hill area. Please visit our website for more information. TabonucoCounseling.com
Hickory Grove offers Biblical Counseling for members of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Biblical Counseling is problem-based discipleship that derives its authority, methods, and purpose from the Bible. It is the process of applying God’s Word to people struggling under the weight of personal sin and/or the difficulties with suffering to bring genuine inward change that pleases God. Our biblical counselor aims to reflect the love, concern, and compassion of Jesus our Shepherd as they use God’s Word to identify, explain and solve personal and relational problems. Biblical Counselors at Hickory Grove Baptist Church are certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. There is paperwork for counseling with our Biblical Counselor.
(Adapted from Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and Dr. Robert Jones. For a more technical description, visit the Biblical Counseling Coalition.)
To schedule an appointment, please call the office at 704-531-4034.
The initial paperwork is provided below and is required to be completed before the first session. Once initial paperwork is filled out send to .
Several of our Clinical Counselors and Graduate Level Interns offer Play Therapy. The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." (Please visit A4PT.org for more information.) At Hickory Grove, we have spaces designated for Play Therapy. Play Therapy is targeted for ages 3 – 12; however, it can be used with any age and developmental level.
Where do I begin if my child needs Play Therapy?
As a parent/caregiver, it can feel confusing to know what is best for the children in your life. If you believe your child may need therapy, looking into play therapy may be a good place to begin. However, we understand it can be overwhelming. Please visit the Parent's Corner at https://www.a4pt.org/page/ParentsCornerHomePag?&hhsearchterms=%22parents%22 for detailed information on play therapy. You can also feel free to call the office at 704-531-4034 or look through the counselors' bios and contact one of them directly to ask questions regarding Play Therapy at Hickory Grove.
Is Play Therapy "just playing"?
It is essential to understand that Play Therapy isn't "just playing." The attitudes, values, and skills of play therapy provide a developmentally appropriate approach to address the needs of children (Phipps & Post, 2020). Play therapy is an evidence-based approach for working with children. Information on the research of play therapy can be found at https://www.a4pt.org/page/Research. While our therapists may use different skills and techniques with children, play must be incorporated for the therapy to be effective.
Our clinicians who offer Play Therapy have had years of training to understand how to work with children. Our interns who offer play therapy are under the direct supervision of Dr. Phipps, who is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.
Association for Play Therapy. (n.d.). APT Homepage. A4PT.org
Phipps, C. B., & Post, P. B. (2020). The effect of child-centered play therapy on the externalizing behaviors of low-income male preschoolers: A single-case design study. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29, 74-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pla0000115
Our graduate counseling interns offer counseling at a reduced rate to individuals and couples. This includes adults, adolescents, and children. Our interns are receiving either their masters or doctoral degrees in counseling. They all receive training and supervision from the clinical supervisor in the counseling center, Dr. Christa Phipps, and their respective universities.
The goal of our internship program is to offer quality counseling free to people who cannot afford it while training new counselors on how to incorporate faith-based principles with the clinical skills necessary to be effective. Sessions last from 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the arrangement made with your intern. The initial paperwork will be provided once you are assigned an intern - through a secure client portal.
To schedule an appointment with one of the Graduate Counseling Interns, please call the office at 704-531-4034 or email our Administrative Assistant at