Samaritan Counseling Center has 4 Locations in the Mid-South. A main location in Midtown(Two doors down from Idlewild Presbyterian Church on Auburndale St.) and auxiliary sites in Overton Park(First Baptist Church of Memphis), Germantown(Germantown Presbyterian Church), Collierville/Cordova(Holy Apostles Episcopal Church).

Our Administrative office is located at 35 S. Auburndale Street in Midtown-Memphis. We are two doors down from Idlewild Presbyterian Church on S. Auburndale St. between Union and Madison.

Fees for counseling and psychotherapy services are based on a number of factors. Many health insurance companies specify the amount the Center can charge for individual, couple, family, or group sessions and the percentage for which the client is responsible. Some persons are referred by a sponsoring congregation or other referral source that have agreements with the Center for a specified fee.

Many clients elect to self-pay. Our rates are $135 for each session, unless other arrangements have been made between the client and his/her therapist to use our sliding fee scale($45-$135).

The administrative office is normally open Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. through 4:30 P.M. Telephone calls, e-mails and fax messages received during other hours are normally responded to during the next business day.

All counseling is by appointment only. In general, counseling appointments are available the following days and times:

  • Monday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Friday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Saturday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
    • Not all counselors provide Saturday appointments

The staff of Samaritan Counseling Center represents a diverse group of trained mental health professionals. Our counselors work with individuals, couples, and families. We currently offer services for disturbances of mood, such as depression, anxiety, and grief. Individuals and families may request therapy for help in dealing with the stress of returning to school, balancing work and family obligations, healing the wounds of a difficult childhood, or dealing with a current or past abusive relationship or traumatic experience.

SCC also offers couples therapy services for those couples experiencing distress, couples who feel complacent and would like to ensure that they continue to grow together, and couples who have experienced infidelity(emotional, sexual, or virtual), and premarital counseling.

In addition, Samaritan Counseling Center provides family therapy services to families experiencing transitions or distress. For example, we offer therapy services to couples with children from previous relationships to help them with their blended family. Some families come to Samaritan already in distress related to a family member’s behavior, substance abuse, mental illness, or other stressor. Family therapy is not limited to just parents and their minor children, Samaritan frequently conducts family therapy with parents and their adult children to resolve ongoing issues, heal old wounds, or help them deal with life transitions such as changes to health status or grief counseling.

Samaritan Counseling Center provides career counseling services to individuals who are looking to either make vertical or lateral moves in their career development or are considering a career change.

Client Services Provided

  •  “Abuse (emotional, sexual, physical)
  •  Aging
  •  Alcohol and drug issues
  •  Anger/emotional control
  •  Anxiety
  •  Attention deficit, hyperactivity disorders
  •  Bi-polar disorder
  •  Career counseling
  •  Childhood trauma/neglect
  •  Co-dependency
  •  Conflict resolution
  •  Chronic illness and end of life issues
  •  Creative/spiritual development
  •  Depression
  •  Domestic violence
  •  Eating disorders
  •  Educational
  •  Family of origin issues
  •  Gambling
  •  GLBT issues
  •  Grief and loss
  •  Learning disorders
  •  Marriage and Pre-Marital
  •  Men’s issues
  •  Occupation and careers
  •  Phobias
  •  PTSD
  •  Relationship and family conflict
  •  Sexuality and gender identity
  •  Spiritual and faith issues
  •  Stages of life issues
  •  Stress, Post-traumatic
  •  Trauma
  •  Women’s issues

Call (901) 729-3900 and a member of our intake team will listen to your needs and refer you to the counselor who best meets your needs. Scheduling times are dependent upon your particular concerns and the appropriate counselor available to address your issues. All of our counselors make their own appointments and will call you back to speak with you and schedule the appointment. Our counselors will do their best to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

Your initial session is an opportunity for you to get to know your counselor. Your counselor will carefully listen to the issues and concerns you bring to counseling. Your situation and background will be discussed to develop a treatment plan that will clarify your concerns, goals, and needs.

Sometimes things can be resolved in just a few sessions. More often it takes longer to effect lasting change. Counseling sessions ordinarily last 45-60 minutes and are held as often as needed according to your treatment plan. The number of sessions people are seen at the Center varies depending on the needs of each client.

The Center’s counseling staff are able to accept most insurance plans.  Our Intake-Coordinator will help you to determine coverage during your initial phone call.

We work with un-insured clients on a sliding fee scale, as funds are available, for those who cannot afford standard rates. We make every effort, through our own Samaritan fund to help subsidize these costs and appreciate any and all donations to make sure no person seeking counseling is turned away.

Samaritan counselors are deeply respectful of the beliefs and values of those who come for counseling, and we help persons re-affirm and use their beliefs and values in becoming more hopeful and in finding the strength to make needed changes to resolve painful stresses.

The Center is rooted in communities of faith as its source of primary support and identity. The Center serves the whole community, and has always understood itself to be interfaith in identity and service.

The Center is shaped and guided by religious values and teachings. We respect the individual beliefs and values of persons who come for counseling and never impose our own beliefs on others. We affirm the creative and healing power of the spiritual realm of life, and actively seek ways of integrating that perspective and resource into the counseling process.

Our counselors are trained to work with clients who want to use their faith as a resource for personal healing and growth. One does not need to adhere to a particular religion to seek help at our counseling centers. The role of faith in his or her counseling is determined by each client. Our counselors will not push any religion or faith on anyone.

If clients have a religious faith then that resource is ordinarily incorporated into the counseling process if wanted. The Center regularly works with people of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other faiths. The Center also works respectfully with people who have no religious faith. Religion is not imposed on any of the Center’s clients, but is drawn upon as a resource when appropriate.

There are 500 Samaritan Centers in 355 cities making the Samaritan network one of the largest counseling providers in the country integrating psychology and theology in cost effective counseling. A common feature of these centers is the philosophy of looking at the whole person including body, mind, spirit, and community in understanding the client’s needs and in developing appropriate treatment plans. Look at the Samaritan Institute website to locate Samaritan Centers in other areas and states.

Counseling services at the Center are available to children, adults, couples and families in the greater Mid-South area.

Anyone may call the Center at 901-729-3900 and make an appointment for counseling. Usually you will talk with a counselor that same day, and a first appointment will be offered within one week whenever possible.

Although many people who come to the Center are referred by clergy, physicians, or other professionals, such a referral is not necessary. Just call the Center directly and make an appointment.

Counselors are assigned based on several factors. Some counselors specialize in working with children, families, or particular problems. Sometimes office location is an important factor, or access to health insurance. Schedule availability may also be a determinant.

Yes, If someone has a particular desire to see a certain therapist, that preference can usually be honored.

When services are not covered by health insurance plans or a client doesn’t have health insurance the Center charges a fee based on a sliding fee scale which is payable at the time of service. Those using insurance should be prepared to pay the copay/coinsurance/deductible at the time of service.

The Center tries not to turn anyone away because of financial limitations, although the Center’s resources for funds are limited and do sometimes make it necessary to impose constraints.

The Center often provides premarital counseling for couples who wish to start their marriages on the best possible footing. Sometimes this counseling is provided as part of wedding planning in their local congregation.

The Center affirms the importance of keeping commitments, and the value of family stability for children and adults. Most couples who come to the Center seeking to preserve their marriage are helped to reconcile that relationship. We respect each couple’s decision-making process, and work with couples to foster greater harmony and respect, whatever decisions they may make about their life together.

Counseling is held in strict confidence within the limits of Tennessee law. Disclosure to other professionals is made only with the client’s written permission, or when required by state law.

Absolutely. The staff of Samaritan Counseling Center have expertise in a number of areas. Fees for speaking engagements are determined by the length of the program, the amount of special preparation required, and any materials needed for the engagement.

All of the Center’s therapists participate in many hours of continuing education each year to maintain their licenses or certifications.

No. When medications are needed for counseling clients, the Center’s staff will work closely with the client’s primary care physician to ensure proper medication. Sometimes clients may be referred to a psychiatrist.

Several of the Center’s psychologists do psychological testing. Clergy candidates from several denominations receive routine psychological screenings at the Center as part of their preparation for ministry. Testing is sometimes used in diagnosis and treatment planning for clients.


The Center has provided more than 40,000 hours of psychological services to more than 7,000 clients since 1981. More than one and a half million dollars’ worth of charitable services to the community have been provided by the Center in its fifteen years of service. In 2002 the Center raised about $250,000 in donations, covering about 35% of the Center’s budget. The Center delivered approximately 6,400 hours of counseling services to over 1,000 people in 2002, and provided consultation and education services to another 1,000 people through 29 different events. Most of the Center’s clients pay reduced fees for services because of financial or insurance limitations.