Counseling FAQS

Counseling FAQ's

Do I have to be a church member?

No. However, members of TBC will be given priority. Availability is limited so you may be placed on a waiting list or given the name of another certified biblical counselor. If you are a member of another local church, we will encourage you to include your pastors in your spiritual care. 

Do I have to be a Christian?

No. Biblical counselors can offer counsel to believers and unbelievers alike. Biblical counseling addresses a problem from the perspective of the Bible and we will point counselees to faith in Christ to address all of the problems in their life. Jesus alone has the power to provide lasting change and comfort.

What sort of problems need counseling?

All sorts of problems. Wether we know it or not, we are receiving counsel all the time. Sometimes from a friendly co-worker or a spouse, sometimes from the internet or the media. At its most basic level, seeking counsel is seeking answers and solutions for the problems of life and since we have all sorts of problems, we need all sorts of help. Some problems will be best address by a wise and loving friend, other problems with greater complexity may require the care of someone with more training. Common topics in Biblical Counseling include issues like: marital or relational conflict, depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, pornography, chronic illness, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and dealing with abuse.

How long does counseling last?

In most cases, after submitting an application for counseling, counselees will schedule an initial meeting. A plan for ongoing care will then be established. Most cases run for 4-6 sessions.

Is counseling confidential?

Yes. You can trust that what is shared will remain confidential except where mandated by State Law. More information on confidentiality is available in the Counseling Info & Agreement.

Does counseling cost anything?

No. Biblical Counseling is a part of the ministry of Trinity Baptist Church. If you appreciate this ministry in your life then feel free to make an extra gift, above and beyond your regular offering, to our church’s counseling ministry. 

Do you counsel those suffering from mental disorders?

Short answer: Yes. But it depends on what you mean. For more information on Biblical Counseling and mental illnesses, see the Statement from The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Regarding Mental Disorders, Medicine, and Counseling.

How do I make an appointment?

Contact the Trinity Church office. You can go ahead and begin the required paperwork. Those seeking counsel must submit Personal Information Form (PIF) - Form 01 and the Counseling Info & Agreement - Form 02.