In January 1975 The Life Enrichment center was born, a not-for-profit satellite of North Carolina Baptist Hospital’s School of Pastoral Care. Dwight Cumbee was Executive Director, with a Board of Directors made up of local ministers. Rounding out the staff were a part-time counselor and a part-time secretary.
In January of 1986 The Life Enrichment Center terminated its satellite relationship and became an autonomous center with four full-time counselors, three part-time counselors, a secretary and three students. Another ten years passed before we changed our name to Triangle Pastoral Counseling, a name we felt would more accurately reflect to the community our mission in the Triangle.
Since our birth in 1975 the Center has maintained continuous certification as a Service and Training Center of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. In addition, in 1999 we affiliated with the Samaritan Institute, an international organization of pastoral counseling centers. That same year we purchased our first home after 24 years as renters, moving into an office condominium at 312 W. Millbrook Road in Raleigh.
In our 40th year, we have a home base in North Raleigh and three satellites: the Church at Clayton Crossings in Clayton (the old Winn Dixie), White Memorial Presbyterian on Oberlin Road and in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. Our staff now consists of 11 therapists, the Center Director, the Office Manager and the Receptionist.
Triangle Pastoral Counseling has, in its 40 years of experience, learned a lot about the ministry of pastoral care and counseling to our many faith communities.
Again and again we have learned how much we are enriched by the many streams of tradition, wisdom and discipline that flow into our life and work. Again and again we are reminded that pastoral counseling is truly a unique blend of spiritual and scientific understanding, a ministry that weaves together the best of modern insight and ancient wisdom.
We continue to be committed to sharing that unique perspective and gift with all who seek us out, and we work hard at removing any barriers that might discourage anyone from doing so. We welcome with gratitude all who support us.