“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
What Is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical counseling can be defined as a process whereby a follower of Jesus Christ in the service of the Holy Spirit provides face-to-face ministry of the Word to others.
What To Expect?
Expect a Listening Counselor: Proverbs 18:13 says, “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame.” Therefore, in all your sessions, but particularly the first several, the counselor will work hard to listen and understand your situation.
Expect to Look at Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 says, “…and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, …” We do not place confidence in a human counselor, a counseling center, or a program. We place our hope in a Savior, the Christ, the Wonderful Counselor. Ultimately, all faithful Christian counseling points to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the source of our counseling will be Scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 declares, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Expect Work: Your counselor will provide homework for you to complete prior to your next session. Counseling is not a passive activity. Purposeful work outside of weekly appointments with your counselor is typically needed to find lasting freedom from any specific challenge.
Expect to Pray: In a way, prayerlessness communicates, “I am enough”. Therefore, expect to go to the Lord and pray during your sessions (Col. 1:9-11).
Expect to Meet Regularly: Each counselor has different preferences on their session lengths. Most counselors prefer a 50 to 60-minute session length, however, some prefer 60 to 90-minute sessions. Your counselor will schedule your session for their preferred session length.
We are a team of committed Christian counselors who volunteer to provide free or donation-based biblical counseling to those in need. We believe that the Bible provides thorough guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our counseling will be based upon scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology and psychiatry. We are not licensed counselors, Psychiatrists or Psychologists.
While we have not chosen to pursue licensure, many of our counselors are formally trained with either a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Master’s Degrees from an accredited Seminary, and/or have gone through the certification training of Biblical Counseling organizations. We primarily receive oversight from our board and the clergy of our partnering churches.
If you are interested in counseling services, please contact [email protected]