Coastal Counseling Center was born in the winter of 2004 by a small group of local residents who saw a need to provide counseling services to people in the community who were either uninsured, under-insured or whose financial situation might prevent them from seeking help.

We are governed by a board of directors whose desire is to continue this mission and vision in the Camden County area. Our board members live here, work here, worship here and shop here; they are vested in the success of the Center.

Our therapists are fully-licensed / certified by the State of Georgia or they are in the process of obtaining their license / certification.  Like our board members, our therapists live, work, worship and shop in the community where our clients live.

The Center is also a training center for clinicians who are working toward their state license or certification. 

Sonya Cowart, M.A., LAPC


Dale is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and has been the director since January 2006.  He has two master's degrees (education and counseling) and has a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling with a specialty in addictions counseling.  He completed a two-year residency in pastoral care & counseling at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dale is an active member at Christ's Church Camden.  He brings sixteen years church staff experience and twenty-two years experience in behavioral health.  Dale has been married to Gail for thirty-five years.  They have two daughters, two granddaughters and a grandson.

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Sonya is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) having earned a BS in Psychology and an MA in professional counseling, both from Liberty University.  She is certified in providing Cognitive Processing Therapy for veterans with PTSD, and she specializes in working with the incarcerated demographic as she earns a PhD in Forensic Psychology through Walden University.  Sonya brings 11 years of experience in counseling in the areas of women’s issues, relationship problems, unmanaged anger/conflict resolution, and substance use/abuse. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is on staff at Camden Crossroads Community Church.  She has been married to Jerry for 33 years and they adore traveling to new and exotic places, especially with their children and grandchildren. Additionally, Sonya enjoys crochet, embroidery, quilting, sewing, and getting very deep into a really good book. 

Dale Blanton, Ph.D., LPC

Clinical Director

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