What is "biblical" counseling?
Biblical counseling, as viewed by CBC, refers to our view of how God created and designed us as men and women, how we are built to relate to each other and to God, and how, from a biblical point of view, we change. With these concepts in mind we seek to not only explore the specific problem that may bring you into counseling, but also the nature of your relationships with other significant people in your life as a way of aiming at the source of the problem you are experiencing.
Do I have to be a Christian to be helped by counseling at CBC?
No. Our counsleors are licensed by the state of Texas and are qualified to help with a full range of issues as outlined by the Texas State Board of Examiners. Because our view of change is built on a biblical foundation, however, our counselors will offer you a chance to look at the issues of your heart in relation to others and to God as well as dealing with the specific issue you are presenting with. While we want to allow you a chance to look, we are aware that coming to God is a personal choice that rests between you and your Creator.
What are the benefits of group counseling? Isn't individual counseling enough?
Group counseling offers members a chance to be involved in a redemptive community where what is true about God, ourselves, and our worlds can be entered. Group is a place where our relationships get played out and we are able to understand our struggles in the moment and safely address our struggles in the moment. As well, members are able to give to other members and learn what it means to risk on behalf of another. These interpersonal dynamics can then be carried out of the group room and offered to significant people in a member's life. In conjunction with individual counseling, group counseling is a powerful way to help people become aware of how they relate to others and how to learn to love others in a more healthy and deep way.
What is a counseling intern?
At CBC we have two types of counseling interns. The first is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. An LPC Intern is a graduate of a Masters program in counseling and is in the process of preparing for the state Board exams as well as working on the state required 3,000 hours of supervised counseling to qualify for a permanent counseling license. Supervision for LPC Interns is provided by the Director of CBC who is a state trained and approved supervisor. Interns often accrue more than 3,000 hours of experience in the internship depending on when they decide to take their Board exam.
How long can I expect to be in counseling?
There is no easy answer to this question simply because each client and each presenting problem is unique. Our goal is to help a person work through their presenting problem and also to look at the root cause of the problem (related to heart issues). By doing this we desire to bring a more complete healing that allows a person to rest in God and love others well. Often this will take a while because heart issues can be deep-rooted and tenacious, stemming from the pains in our lives and our attempts at pain relief. This said, we know there are often other constraints that sometimes shorten the process time, such as schedules and finances. We also know that God's timing for working in a person's heart is unknown to us and so we approach each problem focusing on the safety of a client first, understanding the client's concerns and goals second, and then moving into what we believe to be the most effective and helpful treatment plan for each person.
Whom should I call in an emergency?
Each counselor has an emergency number which is given to their clients should an emergency situation arise. If a counselor is going to be unavailable, another counselor from CBC will be assigned to be "on call." In addition, clients are encouraged to call 911 or proceed to an emergency room if a situation is immediate and/or medical attention is needed.
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