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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What can a person expect when they first come to counseling?
  2. Why seek professional help?
  3. How long is the average length of therapy?
  4. Can I be sure things will change?
  1. Why do I need counseling?
  2. How is Biblical counseling different from other counseling?
  3. Is counseling expensive?
  4. What about the qualifications of your counselors?
  1. What can a person expect when they first come to counseling?
    Most people seeking counseling are experiencing pain, confusion and helplessness. The counselor will try to discover what the issues are that the person is dealing with. The first session is to discover the issues and make an assessment. The counselor will develop a treatment plan in cooperation with the client. This plan sets treatment goals, treatment methods and a likely time schedule. This way the counselor and the client know what direction they will be going, how to measure progress and when to finish counseling. Sometimes the counselor will prescribe psychological tests to help in understanding the client and their needs. The client will usually be asked to complete a questionnaire to assist the counselor in making an assessment. Children are treated in a specially equipped child-therapy center with counselors who specialize in working with children.
     
  2. Why seek professional help?
    The professional counselor's experience and training will often enable the client to see things in a very different way. Clients often "can't see the forest because of the trees." many time persons are blinded because they are too close, because they are sometimes part of the problem. A professional counselor will have new insights, wisdom, and skills to provide an effective treatment plan to help the client work through their difficult situation and issues. A Christian professional counselor can also give spiritual and Biblical guidance in making changes. The counselor will often have some special wisdom for you at the time.
     
  3. How long is the average length of therapy?
    The length of time is related to the seriousness of the problem and the motivation of the client to see change. The actual length of time is determined by the recommendations of the counselor and by the client together. The counselor wants to help the client be able to handle the problem situation without causing pain to themselves or to others. The counselor and the client will set goals so that both will know when it is time to terminate the counseling. Some persons need only one session, others may need many more sessions depending upon the severity and complexity of the issues.
     
  4. Can I be sure things will change?
    "Things" will sometimes never change. Other people may never change; however, the client can change. We come to realize that nobody changes unless they are hurting. Many people are trapped because they are afraid of change. As a result some decide they do not want to change. Once a person wants to change however, the process has begun. So often we want everyone and everything else to change. However, we have to do the changing for healing and growth to occur in our lives.
     
  5. Why do I need counseling?
    You need counseling when the hurts or confusion are too much to continue the way things are! A person is not spiritually and emotionally healthy when (1) they are being hurt by someone else, (2) when they are hurting themselves, or (3) when hey are causing damage to others. You need counseling when "stuff" causes so much pain and misery as to negatively affect your life.
     
  6. How is Biblical counseling different from other counseling?
    We believe that God is the healer of His children. As counselors, we are privileged to assist Him in ministering to the needs of His children. Christian counselors also understand the role of sin, guilt and shame in a person's life. We appreciate what God will do to turn lives, marriages, relationships and families around through His grace and power. We are willing to bring the truth of Christ to a person's problems and needs. We also practice many of the good counseling methods and psychological principles that other competent professionals would use. We consider ourselves ministers of Christ's love and grace, as well as being professional counselors. The Holy Spirit is named by Jesus Christ as a "Counselor" and "Comforter". Without His anointing, counseling is not truly Christian or Biblical. We are usually set free and healed with the truth of God's word.
     
  7. Is counseling expensive?
    Our fees are reasonable and comparable to other counselors. We try to establish a fee that is workable for the client to pay. We are approved by many insurance programs. Clients are encouraged to call for information about fees. Some of the counseling is conducted by Christian counseling interns at a less expensive fee. The Center is also a teaching counseling center where graduate and undergraduate interns (counselors-in-training) learn how to become Christian counselors under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
     
  8. What about the qualifications of your counselors?
    Most of the staff counselors have completed graduate work in their counseling specialty. In addition to the degrees and licenses of staff counselors, there is a clinical director of the Center who supervises the staff counselors as needed. Some of the staff are ordained ministers. There are student interns available. Each counselor is either licensed or working toward licensure under the supervision of a licensed counselor. Each counselor is carefully chosen based upon professional strength, ability and training, as well as their love for God and the strength in the application of His word. Character and integrity are the most important qualifications for a Christian counselor. Each counselor is very well qualified to assist you in your personal needs. We consult with physicians regarding any medical needs of our clients.