WE ALL NEED GUIDANCE
Maybe life has gotten very difficult, or you just need some direction and encouragement. Our services are available to FBS members and to the public. At FBS, our counseling perspective is to integrate clinically based techniques with a biblical worldview. We will do our best to make you feel welcome and safe during your counseling journey. In this unique season of separation we are not in the office but we are conducting online sessions. Call the office to discover more. 864-699-4290
We Help With:
DIRECTIONAL GUIDANCE & RELATIONSHIPS: Premarital / Marital • Divorce • Career Guidance • Retirement Guidance • Blended Families • Single Parenting • Caring for Elderly Parents
HABITS & CHALLENGES: Addiction • Substance Abuse • Pornography • Eating Disorders • Anger • OCD • ODD
HEALING & RESTORATION: Anxiety & Depression • Sexual Abuse • PTSD • Grief & Loss
& MORE: Every person’s needs are different, and our team is ready to help
Prepare & Enrich: Building Strong Marriages
If your marriage needs help, do not give up. If you are seeking pre-marital counsel, begin your marriage with the advantage of insight and guidance. Married couples and those planning their wedding have benefited from this internationally known relationship-building concept.
Here are just a few categories covered.
• Ten Steps for Resolving Conflict
• Communication Skills
• Wedding Stress
• Financial Management
• Relationship Roles and Spiritual
• Affection & The Expression of Intimacy
• Children and Parenting
The Anger Management Institute Program
This program is a great resource for participants that need help, information, or training concerning anger issues. The program is approved and endorsed by the National Anger Management Association.
Participants will learn about:
• Anger’s Many Faces
• When to take a Time – Out
• Managing Conflict
• Changing Your Life By
Changing Your Thinking
• Choosing Alternative Behaviors.
• Stop Blaming – Accept Responsibility
• Turning Anger into Forgiveness
Can I Change the Way I Think?
Retrain Your Brain: A Biblical Principle for Freedom
“This is just the way I am, so this is what I do.”
“I was born into a family that did not know any better, so it’s too late for me to change.”
“I have tried and tried to change, but it just is not meant to be.”
“You just accept what life deals you and you move on.”
“I am not as smart as others, so I do the best I can.”
“Why should I think that life can be better for me?”
These are a few examples of the self-hurting, joy-stealing messages that may have held you down for many years—maybe your entire life. It does not have to be this way! With God’s guidance and your earnest desire for change, strongholds can be broken.
At FBS Counseling, we are ministers with mental health training. Our counselors have the desire, practical life, and ministry experience, to help you through the struggles or stuck places you may be experiencing in your life and/or walk with Christ.
Our purpose is to address the spiritual and emotional needs that are essential for the fullness of life and preparation for Great Commission involvement. We are created as relational beings, therefore it is important to address our relationship with God, others, and ourselves. This can be identified as Spiritual, Social, and Personal development.
-Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.
If you still don’t see the answer to your question, then feel free to contact us!
Where is The Counseling Ministry of First Baptist?
The Counseling offices are located @ 123 N. Converse Street. You will be greeted at the double doors and there is a door bell on the top right side of the doors. This is a secure entrance for those with a scheduled appointment. All other visitors should go the North entrance of First Baptist Church and enter at the Welcome Center which is located off St. John Street directly across from Barnet Park.
All mail correspondence should be sent to:
Counseling Ministry Offices c/o First Baptist Church – 250 East Main Street – Spartanburg, SC 29306
How do I make an appointment?
Our services are available to FBS members and the public. Your call is completely confidential and will be answered directly or returned by the close of the next business day. Next, we will email fill-able forms to you to be completed online and emailed back to us as soon as possible. Upon receipt of your completed forms, our office will contact you to schedule your session.
Our calendar is usually filled; we want to be as accessible to as many as possible that request our services.
Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you must cancel or reschedule an appointment.
For emergency help call 911 or the National Suicide Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255
Personal information is strictly confidential and will not be revealed unless you, or a parent in the case of a minor (less than 18 years old) give specific written authorization to release information. The office will be discreet if they need to contact you at home or your office. If you do not wish to be contacted at home or the office, let us know so it can be recorded in your records. Please let me or the office know how you wish to be contacted.
Exceptions to Confidentiality (Duty to Warn):
Although shared personal information is confidential there are exceptions to the confidences such as: (1) Suicidal threats or attempts, (2) To prevent a clear and immediate danger to another person, (3) Suspected child abuse or neglect, (4) Suspected abuse or neglect of a vulnerable person, (5) If it is determined that you are in need of hospitalization, (6) Or otherwise mandated or allowed by law or ethical codes for which I am responsible.
How long does a session last?
Your initial session is approximately 60-90 minutes. Follow-up sessions are approximately 50 minutes.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Initial visits help establish a good rapport with your counselor, which is very important. The more relaxed you feel the more likely you are to have helpful communication with your counselor. Encouragement and a strategy for treatment is very important and the first visit begins this process.
What are the fees?
Fees are based upon a sliding scale and are due at the time of your scheduled appointment.
*Resources, books, and curriculum cost will be additional. *
If you are unable to pay for a session, please notify the office before the session.
Annual Income Fee per hour
< $20,000 $25.00
$20,001 – $35,000 $35.00
$35,001 – $50,000 $50.00
$50,001 > $70.00
(Active members of FBS should contact our office for fee information.)
Can I make a donation to FBS Counseling?
Yes. You can be a blessing to others by supporting FBS Counseling with a donation. For more information call our office at 864-699-4290. Thank you for helping us to help others.
Do you take insurance?
Not at this time.
Resource contact info:
The Encouraging Word – 866-899-WORD (9673) http://www.theencouragingword.org
The Bridge – 864-583-5419 https://www.fbs.org/ministries/missions/1714-2/
Miracle Hill Ministries – (864) 268-4357 http://www.miraclehill.org
Carolina Pregnancy Center – 864-582-4673 http://carolinapregnancy.org/
The SonShine Club – 864-804-5106 http://www.sonshineclub.org
Overcomers (Addiction Recovery) Miracle Hill Ministries https://miraclehill.org/blog/
We cannot guarantee the same results that you are about to read. But we can promise that we will do our best to help you as we together follow God’s leading.
As a newcomer to the Spartanburg area, and on my own, I found FBS as a welcoming church home. Beyond the friendships that I found within the church, FBS Counseling offered a Christian-based service to help me through a difficult time with a number of job and family related issues. My counselor and the team always found time to listen and offered many biblical perspectives to help me better understand how God was working in my life. My experience with the true professionals at FBS Counseling is another example of how God works everything for the good for those who seek Him.
When I arrived the first thing that the counselor told me was that he was a Christian counselor who would use biblical principles but he would also use additional therapeutic counseling techniques. After a couple of weeks my wife started coming with me in an effort to help us communicate better with each other. I would certainly recommend the counseling services at First Baptist Spartanburg to others.
My husband and I came to counseling because we were on the verge of divorce for several reasons, including infidelity. I honestly didn’t have much hope of things working out. Our time in counseling not only saved our marriage but our spiritual lives. Thank you so much for this ministry.
My daughter started attending sessions when the sports team she was on ended! The lack of structure in her day combined with several other issues caused her to stray from her relationship with God! We continued attending our church and was led to First Baptist Counseling! It has been a blessing to us and our daughter.
I began counseling in order to get help with an addiction to opioids that had been an ongoing battle for 5-6 years. My repeated attempts to quit on my own, with no one’s help, had been unsuccessful. Counseling gave me a safe place to talk about my mental battles. It helped refocus my dependence on Christ and not my addiction. I would recommend, possibly even urge someone who is struggling, to seek counseling at First Baptist.
I had been having problems in my family life concerning my children and I had recently lost my mother, which made me feel sad and depressed. After struggling for a while I realized I needed help. I believe the Lord sent me to Counseling at First Baptist. Now, not only am I doing better emotionally, but also spiritually. I have a much stronger and closer relationship with the Lord.
I brought my daughter to FBS Counseling originally for grief counseling! After the unexpected death of her father I wanted her to work through her feelings and develop new ways to cope. After starting counseling sessions there have been multiple other issues arise with school. These things have also been addressed and worked through. Counseling has helped my daughter understand that bad things can and will happen, but Jesus will be with us to help us through these tough times. My sweet friend attends First Baptist Spartanburg and referred us here and I am so thankful that she did!
My fiancé and I wanted to get marriage counseling before our wedding. Our counselor at First Baptist led us through a Christ-centered counseling curriculum. We found our counseling sessions as an invaluable asset that we will have to draw from as we spend the rest of our lives together.
As a member of FBS, I’m so thankful for the team at the FBS Counseling ministry. Not every issue is emotional or mental. When my wife and I were facing what we could only describe as spiritual oppression, we weren’t sure who to talk to, so we reached out to Dr. Keith, Norma Lynn, and the team. Dr. Keith took us seriously, listened, and gave us helpful, scriptural resources to help in our battle. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” It’s so encouraging to know that our licensed professionals also believe and affirm the Word of God!
Dr. Keith Phillips
Keith Phillips DMin., LPC, LPC-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. His therapy style is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy integrated with a biblical worldview; he is also certified as a Prepare and Enrich Marriage Counselor and an Anger Management Specialist.
More About Keith
Keith has worked with substance abuse clients at Miracle Hill Ministries and The Forrester Center. Prior to receiving his Doctorate of Ministry from North Greenville University, he received his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University. Keith also served as Single Adults Minister (ages 40+) at First Baptist Spartanburg.
Dr. Keith Phillips' services include:
Premarital / Marital • Divorce • Career Guidance • Pornography • Grief & Loss • Anger • PTSD • Substance Addiction • Single Parenting • Blended Families • Anxiety & Depression • Coping Skills • OCD
Keith offers (fee based) individual and group supervision for graduate level counseling students and LPC Associates interested in obtaining licensure in SC.
Student Counselor / Girls Ministry Director
Deandra Comer received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is pursuing her state licensure certification. Deandra counsels with preschoolers, young girls, boys, and ladies.
More about Deandra
Deandra's training experience includes work at Middle Tyger Community Center, Miracle Hill Ministries, and in the public school system. She also serves in our student’s ministry here at First Baptist working with girls.
Deandra Comer's services include:
Premarital / Marital • Eating Disorders • Career Guidance • ODD • Grief & Loss • Anger • PTSD • Addictions • Sexual Abuse • Blended Families • Anxiety & Depression • Coping Skills
Norma Lynn Phillips
Counseling Office Manager
Norma Lynn Phillips is the office manager, “communication hub” of the Counseling offices, scheduling appointments, sending forms, and providing office support. She has also served on staff at First Baptist Preschool and Missions Ministry. She takes joy in connecting with and helping people, which is why she loves working with FBS Counseling!