Canterbury UMC
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Counseling Center

The Canterbury Counseling Center was established in 1970 under the pastorate of Dr. Denson N. Franklin. The mission of the Counseling program was to provide competent spiritual and psychological therapy for individuals and families experiencing stress and situational problems. Empowering individuals and families to live the vision of Christ, who said, "I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly," has been the focus of the counseling program since its inception.

Currently, approximately half the clients come from the Canterbury membership, with the other half coming from throughout the city and state, making the Counseling Center part of the "Church in Mission." Dr. Dixon Mitchell sees twenty to twenty-five families each week in the Counseling Center.

The Canterbury Counseling Center entrance is on Pine Haven Road. From Overbrook Road, turn through the brick gate onto Pine Crest Road, turn left onto Pine Haven Road, go past the curved building (Canterbury Center), and park on your left.  Follow the sidewalk and signs to the single door on the left marked "Counseling Center." Click here for directions to the church.

Dr. H. Dixon Mitchell, Minister of Counseling Licensed Psychologist, (205) 879-0202
Melissa Reed, Counseling Center Executive Assistant, (205) 879-0202

About Dr. H. Dixon Mitchell  

Dixon Mitchell grew up in Birmingham and is married to the former Carolyn Whiteside. He attended Birmingham public schools and graduated from the University of Alabama. He earned his Master of Divinity at Emory University and received his Doctorate from Auburn University.

In addition to his duties at Canterbury, Dr. Mitchell, a licensed psychologist, is a member of the Carraway Methodist Medical Center's teaching faculty, where he trains family physicians in the behavioral sciences. Dr. Mitchell has taught stress management to physicians, attorneys and a broad range of professionals in both the business and medical communities.

Dr. Mitchell was recently named a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the only person in Alabama to receive that distinction.

Counseling Services

Dr. Dixon Mitchell's training as a United Methodist minister and licensed psychologist offers the congregation and community a broad range of services unique to the local church setting. Counseling services available include:

  • Marital Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Individual Therapy

  • Pre-marital Counseling

  • Divorce Adjustment

  • Stop Smoking Therapy

  • Career Counseling

  • Stress Management

  • Grief Therapy

  • Psychological Testing & Evaluation

  • Group workshops on various topics are periodically offered throughout the year during Wednesday evening programs.

  • Other resources are also available.

Appointments should be made in advance. Daytime or evening appointments are available and generally last 50 minutes. To make an appointment please call the Counseling Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (205) 879-0202.