What is Counseling?

Counseling is helping people identify the need to change, to find the motivation to change, and how to utilize internal and external resources for change.

What is the difference between Christian counseling and secular counseling?

Secular counseling is focused on changing the way people think, feel, and act to encourage personal growth. Christian counseling focuses on changing the way people think, feel and act for purpose of deepening intimacy with God and others.

Are there different types of counselors?

Types of Counselors:

  1. Psychiatrist: Counselor who uses a medical model to treat mental disorders with medication.
  2. Psychologist: Counselor who uses tests and measurements to determine types of mental, personality, and developmental disorders. Some also perform counseling.
  3. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: therapist with a master’s degree and supervision who help clients to change personally and relationally.
  4. Certified Addictions Professional: Counselor specifically trained in addiction recovery, codependency, and ACOA issues to help these people make changes. This is focused on group therapy settings.
  5. Encourager: Individuals offer one on one support to those who require limited change in a non-clinical area.
How can I grow through therapy?

How to grow through therapy:

  1. Come to scheduled appointments; emotional growth takes time and energy.
  2. Make a commitment to this process and stick with it. There are many ups and downs in emotional growth. The path to health and wholeness can be difficult.
  3. If you are dissatisfied with how your therapist is handling things, tell him/her so it can be dealt with.
  4. Growth without risk is impossible. Try out new behaviors and new ways of thinking.
  5. Do not limit your emotional growth to just the therapy sessions. Much of your growth will take place between therapy sessions.
  6. Be receptive to the counselor’s suggestion of reading specific books, listening to tapes, or attending classes and workshops. They can be very helpful. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, and sensations are also helpful tools in recovery.
  7. Keep in touch with your goals and the results you are looking for.
  8. When assessing how you are doing, compare yourself to where you are over a long term. “Where was I six months to a year ago?” rather than “I do not feel any better this week than I did last week.” Real change takes place over a period of time.
  9. Talk to someone who has been through the therapy process. It does work!
  10. Trust the healing power of God. Look for ways that he can work within you.
  11. Accept responsibility for your own therapy.
  12. Learn to laugh more and be less critical. Find humor in the world.
What is your mission and purpose?

Our Mission and Purpose:

Mission: Our mission is to see individuals, couples, and families become whole members of the community, thereby equipping them to fulfill their God-given purposes.

Purpose: Our purpose is two-fold: to provide non-profit, values-based counseling for individuals, couples, and families and coping skills for the life’s issues; and to provide counseling that is consistent with Biblical principles.

How do I start the process or get scheduled to see a counselor?

You begin by calling or stopping by a Christian Counseling Center. You will be asked some basic biographical information and the presenting problem. You will then be given an appointment with a counselor that will best meet your needs.

What if I have someone specific I know that works there and that I want to see?

If you have a specific counselor you have been referred to or want to request, just let the office staff know and they will make you an appointment with that counselor.

Do you take insurance?

We have a few counselors that are providers for various insurance companies.  Call us to find out if one of them is a provider for your health plan. For non-insured providers we can provide you with receipts and statements for possible reimbursement.

What is the cost of a session?

The counseling sessions fees vary depending on the counselor.  Fees can range from $50 to $120 per session.  Each session lasts 45-50 minutes.

Do you have a sliding scale for payment?

No we do not. But please do not let finances keep you from seeking the help that you need.

How soon can I be seen?

Generally, we can get you in to see a counselor within a week, depending on the counselor and their availability.

What are you policies?

24-Hour Cancellation: If you need to cancel your appointment please call us 24 hours in advance so the counselor can be notified and so you will not be charged for the broken appointment.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check or credit cards (VISA or Mastercard). Payment is due at the time of service.  Appointment Scheduling: If the person who is being scheduled is over the age of 18, that person needs to be the one to make the appointment, unless they are mentally or physically unable.

What are your rules on paperwork?

Initial paperwork and payment must be recieved to obtain a set scheduled appointment.