COUNSELING SERVICES

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In the counseling program with AGAPE you will benefit from caring professionals who walk beside you as you focus on your growing relationship with Christ.

Our mental and behavioral health professionals have clinical expertise within a wide range of treatment areas that affect personal, professional, family and spiritual health.  In addition to their degrees in clinical social work, psychology, counseling and/or marriage and family therapy, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy your relationships with your fellow Christians here.  You will find yourself visiting with therapists who also have their Masters of Divinity, Masters in Christian Counseling, continuing education focusing on spiritual well-being and serve to encourage one another daily so that none will be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  (Hebrews 3:13)

Indeed, AGAPE is a place where you can find the reflection and growth that allows you to pursue life’s meaning and achieve the role of good and faithful servant.

 

Benefits of Christian Clinicians 

  • God’s promise to “lead us into all truth”, even to make clear the path to personal victory   
  • A Christ following and loving friend 
  • Facilitator to help gain full reliance on God   
  • Someone who will show you how to allow God to transform burdens and pains into positive spiritual growth 
  • Having the support of other Christians for encouragement and understanding.  
  • Learning to build a stronger family and life through Biblical principles

Counseling can help

Break Negative Patterns
• Reduce Anger
• Conquer Stress
• Control Addictions
• Increase Self Confidence
• Improve Communications
• Set Career Goals and much more

Who do we serve?

AGAPE prides itself on providing care to all:

  • ages 3 years and up
  • boys and girls
  • adolescents
  • men and women
  • individuals
  • couples 
  • families 

Insurances We Accept

We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, Health Choice insurance, and many of our counselors are considered In-Network providers for other smaller private insurance companies.  We continue to apply to other insurance panels as the networks open to new providers. We realize that some clients do not have insurance and cannot afford the fee for Fully Licensed Professionals so we do offer a sliding pay scale. Please contact us @ 919-673-7816 with any questions or concerns as we are eager to provide options that will work for you.

 

Meet Our Counselors

 

Kimberly Scott, MSSW, LCSW

Kimberly has worked with families and children for more than 19 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently practices as an individual and family therapist for both children and adults. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas @ Arlington. Kimberly’s post graduate work focused on children, families, substance abuse and schizophrenia research. Kimberly has worked in an array of settings to include private behavioral and mental health hospitals, federal prisons, hospice clinics and her own private practice for 11 years. She has experience assessing children and adults with issues ranging from substance abuse, neglect, physical abuse, trauma, depression, grief/loss, stress management, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, sexual abuse, pre-natal/post-partum issues, parenting and etc.  Kimberly is known to be empathetic, personable, non-judgmental and genuine in her interactions with clients. Kimberly empowers individuals to overcome personal obstacles by utilizing evidenced-based interventions while integrating spiritual concepts into therapy.

Kimberly enjoys working with a variety of clients encompassing both male and female of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys spending time growing in her faith, the outdoors, yoga, spending time with family/friends and traveling. Kimberly has three children two daughters ages 21 and 15 and a son 16 years of age.

 

Margo Hull, Ma, lpc

My family and I have been privileged to be a part of AGAPE of NC for the last 15 years. Prior to returning to graduate school in 2003, our family was honored to have had seven foster children who were placed with us through AGAPE of NC.  Since moving to Hickory, in 2008, we have had three more children come into our home.

It it seems so amazing to now be working as a counselor with such a phenomenal institution. I have an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Environmental Design and a masters degree in Counseling/Psychology from Prescott College which enabled me to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina in 2008. 
      
I have been married to my husband, Cole, for 21 years. We have a beautiful 19-year-old daughter, Magen, who is a sophomore at North Carolina State University, a 15-year-old son, Bryce, who is a freshman in high school. He loves trumpet and golf. Our youngest a 13-year-old, Siri,  who is developing some great cooking skills. I think I can speak for my entire family when I say that the experiences that we have had through AGAPE of NC has made us a stronger family, a more compassionate family, and has made us and more loving family.  For us, there is no greater work.
     
For fun, I have been the "Art Says It" coordinator for the Lads to Leaders Convention in Atlanta for over 15 years. I love to garden.  I love my dogs, and am an amateur boxer.
     
I look so forward to working with the AGAPE families whose hearts are so open and full of love ready to show the power of our God's mercy and grace.

 

WILLIAM (BILL) H. SEARCY, D. Min., Fellow aapc

 

Dr. Searcy provides individual, marriage, family and trauma counseling. For 34 years Bill was a missionary and lived or traveled in 77 countries on all 7 continents. From 1975-83 he worked part of each year in and out of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Concurrently, during 1982-84 he worked as a professional mental health worker for a community mental health center in Memphis, TN where he held three positions at different times as group therapist, community follow-up psychiatric social worker and hospital liaison between the mental health center, the acute care mental hospital and the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health. From 1984-89 Bill did missionary work in Belize, Central America. He lived in Kenya, East Africa for 18 years, 1992-2010. In addition to regular mission ministry he was an accredited supervisor in the Kenya Counseling Association (KCA). He has 3 adult children from his first wife “Kathy” who died in a car accident in Kenya in 1993. Bill was a single father in the international environment for 14 years before marrying again. He and his wife Betsy live in Rocky Mount.

Bill graduated from Harding University with a BA double major in Missions and Biblical Languages in 1977. At Harding University Graduate School of Religion (now Harding School of Theology) he graduated with the Master of Theology (Master of Divinity) in Counseling in 1982 and the Doctor of Ministry in 1986. He did 4 chaplain internship units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Duke University Hospital and attended a number of continuing education counseling courses at Harvard Medical School.

 

 

AGAPE will support you through your journey!