Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Christian Counseling? - Christian Counseling is the utilization of practical methods and interventions, infused with the understanding and belief in the promises of Christ. What makes Christian Counseling such a unique form of therapy is the Christ- Centered perspective, which brings the relationship with Jesus Christ into the center focus of the treatment modality.
2. What is a Christian Counselor or Christian Therapist? - A Christian Counselor and or Christian Therapist is formally trained professional counselors who are skilled in providing counseling care, yet have an understanding of the Holy Scripture. They are not bible study teachers nor are they "Christian Life Coaches", although part of their role as a Christian Counselor is to assist an individual in learning an alternative way of thinking and living that may be more beneficial to the person.
3. How long will I be in counseling? - The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the goals you (along with the counselor) set to achieve. Everyone is different and unique in his/her own way, therefore; the amount of time necessary for care varies. However, it is highly recommended that you (at a minimum) work with the counselor for at least two months to build a rapport and work together on the issues in order to attain maximum results. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning of their counseling care, and then as time goes on, the session (if appropriate and/or applicable) are less frequent. Everything depends on your needs and where you are emotionally.
4. How much are your fees and do you take insurance? - It depends on 1: the type of service that you request and 2: Since we are a non-profit ministry we do not charge fees, therefore we ask for a suggested donation, of $45.00 per 1 hour session. We do not participate in any insurance plans. However, we do accept all major credit cards through Paypal, and other alternative methods of payment.
5. What if I need to take medication? - Not all individuals take medication due to their emotional struggles, but in the event that the counselor find that medication may be appropriate, the counselor will discuss this with you and assist you in making the necessary referral to a psychiatrist that is in your local area. The psychiatrist is the one who would officially determine if medication is warranted and prescribe what is necessary for you.
6. What do I need to do to start counseling? - Just call our office and make an appointment for an intake assessment. We will be happy to schedule your appointment with a Counselor, walk you through a few forms (consent of treatment, counseling policy, fee policy, and HIPAA) and take the payment for your session, and then you’re ready!
7. Are my sessions private and secure? - All counseling sessions are private and secured within our office filing system We follow all HIPAA guidelines.
8. Do I have to be a Christian to receive counseling services? - No. Counseling is for all people seeking to find comfort in a positive way through a trained professional utilizing prayer, God’s word and the love of Jesus. You Are Welcomed!!!
What to Ask When Choosing a Counselor…
9. Is God’s Word the source of their counsel? - Is the Bible seen as being one truth among many other truths, or is it the most reliable place for real help? Find a counselor that is convinced that real truth applied to real problems brings about real change. Lives are changed as the truth of God, as revealed in His word, is applied to the toughest problems.
10. Is the counselor biblically sound? - Most counseling errors stem from the fact that the counselor has views of God, change, problems, etc., which are shaped more by culture and Pop-Psychology than by God’s Word. Sound theology should shape their psychology rather than the other way around.
11. Is the counselor committed to growth and change, or are they more interested in endless discussions about the problem? - Many counselors are good at “diagnosing” but don’t have answers for change. What results is “Diagnostic Damnation.” Seek out a counselor that is more concerned with God honoring change, than with labels.
12. Will the counselor lead me to answers found in God’s Word, or tell me the answers are within me? - Most of the 250 commonly used approaches to counseling assume “…the answers are found within.” Find a counselor who understands that the Bible teaches that we need outside counsel from God and His revealed truth. They should point people to real answers, not more self-focus.
13. Is the counselor well-trained? - Find a counseling center that is well-trained in Biblical counseling. They should provide in-house training in addition to the degrees they have already received. Please check out the ABC network to help locate a Biblical counseling center in your area.
14. Will the counselor honor my marriage? - Much marriage counseling today is really divorce counseling. Counselors split couples up to work on “individual issues” with the end result being the couple growing further apart. Ask the counselor if they take seriously the commandment to “…not separate what God has joined together.” Couples should be counseled together and work toward real changes that will grow the worst marriages into marriages that sing.
15. Will the counselor honor my authority as a parent? - Yes! Some counselors meet alone with children, and do not include parents in the process. Find out if the counselor will counsel kids with their parents present as well, because we believe it to be the best way to implement real change. Biblical counseling equips parents to lead their children.
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