PBC Counseling Ministry desires to help and encourage individuals and families with the life changing truth of God's Word. (2 Peter 1:3) At different times in our lives it can feel like a fog has descended upon us, making it difficult for us to find our way out of the darkness. God's sufficient Word is the light that breaks through this darkness, giving us clarity, hope, and strength during a time when all feels lost. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
PBC invites you to take advantage of our FREE counseling ministry that seeks to give biblical guidance for your relationship with Christ and others. Our lives are shaped by how we think and what we love. These two areas have an incredible impact on how we interpret our life situations. Whether you are struggling with interpersonal relationships, marriage, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, adoption, infertility, abortion, parenting, addictions, sexual issues, guilt and shame, anger, depression or Christian faith issues (assurance of salvation, etc.), God's Word does have the answers.
Our counseling staff consists of both pastors who hold degrees in biblical counseling and trained lay leaders. All counselors are certified (or in the process of certification) by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors or other approved certifying agencies.
This philosophy has been called "nouthetic" counseling. Genuine Biblical counseling uses the Bible to help people make sense out of life. For more information please visit the Association of Certified Biblical Couselors (www.biblicalcounseling.com) or Association of Biblical Counselors (www.christiancounseling.com). For a detailed explanation of biblical counseling, please see the confessional statement of the Association of Biblical Counseling Coalition.
Counseling at PBC is not state-licensed mental health care, but is uniquely biblical, and pastoral in nature. Our counselors are not medical doctors, therefore, they do not prescribe or manage medication. Counselees will always be encouraged to seek the advice of their medical doctors where physical symptoms of illness are present, or suspected.
There is no charge for our counseling services. PBC provides the facilities and the counselors volunteer their time so we can offer the counseling free of charge. However, out of respect for our staff we require a $25 deposit which is forfeited for last minute cancellations. If an individual/couple finishes counseling without a cancellation, the deposit is returned to them unless otherwise directed by the counselee.
PBC recommends individuals/couples to consider a $40 donation for each session or to pray and contribute as God leads and provides. This allows the ministry to be accessible to as many people with challenging situations in and around our community.
Counseling is offered at different times during the day/evening depending on the availability of our counselors. Typically counseling sessions last from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. An individual in need of help can begin the process by filling out the "Counseling Intake Form." Once this form is received a counselor will connect with you through email or phone to notify you of openings. If there is no opening you will be put on a waiting list and will be notified of the next opening that may work for you schedule.
Privacy: Everything will be held in strict confidence except where, in the counselor’s judgment, there is a biblical requirement to involve others (e.g. criminal activity).
Care: Our staff will care for you and treat you with respect.
Encouragement toward Christ-likeness: Our staff will encourage you in your successes and exhort you to think and behave in a way that pleases Jesus Christ.