What can I expect if I decide to receive counselling at First Baptist Counselling Ministry?
If you’ve been wrestling with a problem or situation, and realize you might need help coming to a good resolution, we’d love the opportunity to meet with you.
The first step in counselling is to contact Wayne or Kathy Brown at 519-627-6414 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . They will provide you with a Personal Data Inventory form (PDI) to complete, via e-mail or a paper copy available at the office. This form will supply the counsellors with information to help determine how they might serve you. All information shared in the PDI and/or the counselling office is strictly confidential.
Once your form has been completed and returned to their office an appointment will be made to go over the information provided. This appointment usually takes approximately two hours.
Each case is handled for its individual needs, therefore the length of the counselling process can vary case by case. Most cases require weekly, hourly meetings (unless it’s marriage counselling which is often approximately 90 minute sessions) for at least 4-8 weeks, depending on the progress of the case. As progress is made the sessions move to every other week and are eventually further spaced apart until you are graduated, which is often 6 months to a year from beginning to end. You are able to withdraw from counselling at anytime should your circumstances change or you feel it isn’t profitable. Appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the day or evening.
Each session you will meet with your counsellor to discuss the problems at hand and seek resolutions for the best outcome for you, and for God’s glory. Our counselling ministry is a biblical counselling ministry, which means we rely on God, His Word, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to find practical solutions from God’s Word for the difficulties and struggles in your life. After each session you will be given a homework assignment to complete before your next appointment. The purpose of the homework is to practically apply what you’re learning into your circumstances. We also recognize some issues may require more then we are equipped or trained to handle, therefore we will most often require/suggest you visit your physician for further help. We also recognize medications can be a necessary part of your process, and because we are not medically trained to give our opinion on this will entrust these matters to you and your physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist.
The hardest part of counselling can be taking that first step to reach out. It is humbling, sometimes embarrassing, and can feel a bit scary as you unfold your most personal details to folks you may not know very well, or feel you know too well. Wayne & Kathy want to assure you they understand it’s a big step, but one you won’t regret as they warmly welcome you into their office as brother and sister in the Lord, and equal in light of the Cross. They are here to serve you!
Kathy has been certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) since 2008, and has been serving at First Baptist since 2009. In addition she served as organizer and facilitator of DivorceCare and GriefShare for a number of years, with Wayne joining her in the latter years. She brings 12 years of counselling experience to the table, and with the completion of Wayne’s certification, is now joined by him as they serve individuals and couples in a variety of issues. Wayne has been joining Kathy in the office on different cases for the last three years so also brings valuable experience in serving others. In addition, they both completed an ACBC marriage specialization course in November 2018.
There is a nominal suggested donation of $40 per session, however this should not be a barrier for those seeking counselling who cannot manage this. We seek to serve everyone who is in need as we serve on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.