1. What is the difference in Christian Counseling and Clinical Counseling?
Christian Counseling integrates Psychological concepts and Biblical truths in order to give you a well-rounded and solid Biblical base for healing. It is not Bible Study, but uses the Bible and Christian concepts to promote healing, while relying on psychological concepts to reinforce understanding.
2. How long are the sessions?
Each session is 50 minutes long and may be attended weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the client and the issues presented. Counseling can take anywhere from a month to a couple of years, depending on presenting issues and past trauma.
Play Therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes long and receive the best results when attended weekly. The average play therapy cycle is 20-30 sessions, based on the play therapy website and their research. However, this is based on the average child under average circumstances.
With both children and adults, the amount of time it takes to work through issues depends on many circumstances, and is dependent on that person.
3. How long should I expect to be in counseling?
With both children and adults, the amount of time it takes to work through issues depends on many circumstances, and is dependent on that person, their personality, their compliance to the process, and their support system.
4. What am I paying for?
Counselors do not get paid an hourly wage, and are not paid for time spent preparing for sessions, doing follow-ups, working with insurance companies, paperwork, session write ups, and training. Counselors are required by law to continue their education and must meet requirements on a yearly basis.
Although it appears counseling sessions are expensive, approximately 3-8 hrs go into every counseling session. The money paid for the 50 min. session actually covers a 4-9 hr stretch of time.
5. What if I can’t afford counseling?
Counseling is a short-term sacrifice for a long-term benefit. Very few people can actually not afford counseling. It is recommended to take a look at your finances and decide what you can cut back on temporarily in order to make counseling work.
It has been proven that in order for a person to receive the full benefits of counseling, it must cost them something. It is important that counseling be made a priority, or the counseled will not receive the full benefits.
For those who truly cannot afford it, a sliding scale is made available. Please notify the counselor when the appointment is made, and bring the families latest tax return and /or W-2 to the first session and the fee will be set accordingly.