Live Oak Counseling Center

We strive to help our clients develop strong roots, weather changes, and celebrate life’s seasons without bending.


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide professional and affordable mental health counseling to people struggling with life issues and to offer opportunities for spiritual growth and wellness. 

Live Oak Counseling Center is a place of life, growth, and new beginnings. We have the sacred privilege of walking with people who are struggling with grief, depression, anxiety, and difficult family issues.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heats comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

——Jeremiah 17:8


Live Oak welcomes clients of all religious affiliations and those who choose not to affiliate. We welcome clients of all socioeconomic levels, gender identities, races, ethnicities, ability levels, sexual orientations, and nationalities.


Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.


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Our Story

We have a rich history of caring for individuals, couples, and families in the Columbia area.

Recognizing a need in the Midlands for affordable and accessible counseling services for adults and children, local churches planted seeds that more than 30 years later have grown to become a thriving and vital organization.

Live Oak Counseling Center, originally Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center, has operated since 1991 serving the community as a nonprofit organization supported by client fees, local congregations, and individual and business donations.

Services are available to all people.

Financial support is available for clients who lack the necessary funds. Your counselor will discuss the options with you.


It takes a noble person to plant a tree that will one day provide shade for someone he may never meet.

— Elton Trueblood

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Our Services

Live Oak Counseling Center’s licensed, professional staff can assist you in addressing many of life’s challenges and suggest tools to bring about change and spiritual growth in your life. Our counseling services focus on many areas including:

Individual, Couples and Children

  • Anxiety and Stress Management

  • Trauma

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Depression

  • Family and relationship

  • Gender Identity

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Grief and Loss

  • Parenting

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • School consultations

  • Play Therapy