Pastoral Counseling

Our ministers—both trained counselors and laymen who have accepted the call to serve—are available to talk to you by phone or in counseling sessions. They have specialized training in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, marriage and relationship issues, parenting, sexual abuse, family therapy, premarital counseling, identity issues, codependency, blending family issues, divorce adjustment and spiritual issues. Please reach out to us whenever you need us.


Our Pastoral Counseling Minister

Dr. Barney Self is a graduate of Baylor University and holds Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Education degrees in psychology and counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since 1984, Barney has worked with individuals, couples and families in providing therapeutic assistance. His areas of specialization are depression, anxiety, grief and loss, marriage and relationship issues, parenting, sexual abuse, family therapy, premarital counseling, identity issues, codependency, blending family issues, divorce adjustment and spiritual issues.

He is a member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, The American Association of Christian Counselors, Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Society for Christian Psychology, and The Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors.

Barney is an ordained minister. He and his wife, Cathy, have two grown children who are married. He enjoys playing with his grandchildren, viewing sports events, reading, and traveling with his wife.

Sessions & Fees

For members of Forest Hills Baptist Church, there is no charge for the first two counseling sessions. After the first two sessions (and for non-members), session costs are based on a sliding scale that takes into account the number of individuals in the household and their annual family income. For information on these costs, click on one of the links below.

Fees for FHBC Members Fees for Non-Members Counseling Intake Form

Our commitment to you: No one will fail to receive the help they need based on an inability to pay for services.

GRIEFSHARE – A two-hour session on Sunday, November 7 for anyone who's grieving the death of someone close. 

Register for GriefShare

DIVORCECARE – A two-hour session on Wednesday, November 10 for anyone experiencing the pain of separation or divorce. 

Register for DivorceCare

GriefShare

Seminar Topics:
  • Living With Grief
  • The Journey of Grief
  • The Effects of Grief
  • When Your Spouse Dies
  • Your Family and Grief
  • Why?
  • The Uniqueness of Grief—part 1
  • The Uniqueness of Grief—part 2
  • God’s Prescription for Grief
  • Stuck in Grief
  • Top Twenty Lessons of Grief—part 1
  • Top Twenty Lessons of Grief—part 2
  • Heaven
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It's a place where you can be with people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you will learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. In addition, our sessions are free of charge and include a complimentary workbook. For more information about GriefShare and to register for the group hosted at our church, visit their official website at griefshare.org.
Fall 2021 sessions will be held both in-person (FHBC Room B116) and online (via Zoom) on Sundays from 3-5pm for 13 weeks from August 8 - October 31.

Griefshare: Fall 2021 Registration

Questions

Email Pastoral Counseling Minister Barney Self for more information about GriefShare. 

DivorceCare

Seminar Topics:
  • What's Happening To Me?
  • The Road to Healing/Finding Help
  • Facing My Anger
  • Facing My Depression
  • Facing My Loneliness
  • What Does the Owner's Manual Say?
  • New Relationships
  • Financial Survival
  • Kidcare
  • Single Sexuality
  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Moving On, Growing Closer to God
DivorceCare is an ongoing recovery and support group for people experiencing the pain of separation or divorce. It is open to anyone, and you are welcome to join DivorceCare at any time. In addition, our sessions are free of charge and include a complimentary workbook. For more information about DivorceCare and to register for the group hosted at our church, visit their official website at divorcecare.com.
Fall 2021 sessions will be held both in-person (FHBC Room B116) and online (via Zoom) on Wednesdays at 6-8pm for 13 weeks from August 11 - November 3.

DivorceCare: Fall 2021 Registration

Questions

Email Pastoral Counseling Minister Barney Self for more information about DivorceCare and DivorceCare For Kids (DC4K).

In-Home Ministry

Our In-Home Ministry is committed to making sure our housebound members are connected to our church family.

We have a team of volunteers who are divided into small groups and coordinate regular house visits, make phone calls and send cards to those members who are unable to physically participate in church. Our goal is to make sure the in-home individual knows they are not forgotten and that they are cared for.