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Cornerstone’s Approach to Christian Marriage Counseling

Much may be said today about what Christian Counseling is… or is not. Is it defined only as counseling that is provided to an individual or couple by a Counselor who is a Christian?  Yes, at Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries we believe that to be so, but we believe Christian Marriage Counseling at it’s best to be that and yet more:

Christian Marriage Counseling involves the establishment of a therapeutic relationship between the client(s) and the Christian Counselor. As the client, you will have first made it clear that you’re interested in having a distinctively Christian Counselor. We consider that the greatest advantage of Christian Marriage Counseling is that you have a third Counselor in the room; and that person of course being the Lord Himself, the Holy Spirit.  He is invited to be present in each session; this is what Jesus intended when He promised us that He as a person,  would minister to us through counseling. Jesus said, but the Counselor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send Him in My name; will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

We believe the Holy Spirit should be invited into the therapy room to offer counsel, comfort and insight into the issues that you are actively seeking counsel for. No doubt, many different matters will arise as a result of the Spirit of God being engaged in the counseling process.  This allows for an environment of love an, truth, peace and safety to be established, so then you may become fully-transparent to pursue the presenting problems (as well as any hidden or forgotten issues) that you may need help with.

Trusted Counseling With Sound Biblical Doctrine

Here at  Cornerstone, we believe God’s Word is sufficient to address the real life issues we face today.   God’s Word is sufficient, necessary, and relevant to equip God’s people to address the complex issues of life in a broken world. Your Christian Counselor has a working knowledge of the scriptures, principles and directives of God as recorded in the Scriptures. He or she may also incorporate any truths they’ve acquired through their training which may be helpful and useful to you or your family by way of therapeutic intervention.

All truth is God’s truth, and although the modern psychological concepts and interventions are considered theoretical in nature, we know as a fact that Scripture is inerrant and is profitable for correction and instruction. These important tools, all of them, in the hands of an experienced Christian Counselor and therapist can be used of God to meet the needs of any person like yourself that is actively seeking guidance and wanting of God’s many blessings.

At Cornerstone, we offer trusted and confidential Christian Counseling. Our experience as shown that when a prospective client and his or her Christian Counselor earnestly seeks God’s face willand  favor that we are well equipped to provide sound biblical counsel that we believe God would honor, approve and bless.

Counseling/Coaching Policies and Client Agreement

Confidentiality:
Thank you for seeking counseling from Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries. As a Christian ministry, we understand that trust and security are important to the process of guidance and healing in which our clients are engaged. We assure you that your confidentiality is upheld to the highest degree and that Cornerstone; its representatives and/or employees will not disclose any of your personal information to any third party, without your written consent.

Client Privileges and Responsibilities:
We believe that the Bible provides timeless principles for guidance and instruction in successful marriage, family and life issues. For our work to be successful, it is important that you be willing to do your part by attending sessions, completing assignments, and working on building the relationship you desire. In so doing, we ask that you:

1. Be honest, open, and willing to share your concerns.
2. Ask questions when you don’t understand or need clarification.
3. Keep appointments whenever possible and cancel within 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Payment Information:
The suggested fee for counseling sessions is $120/hour ($95/hour for retreat alumni). Payment is due at the time services are rendered. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance are not refundable. Whenever you set an appointment we reserve that specific time for you. Consequently, we cannot make exceptions to our cancellation policy, but must adhere to this policy, except for emergencies. This is not intended to be in any way uncaring or harsh, but is a business reality that the ministry must deal with. We ask you to accept this policy when making a counseling or coaching appointment. Thank you for understanding and for agreeing to these terms.

Professional Services Agreement:
I do voluntarily agree to participate in the assessment, pastoral counseling and/or coaching as offered by Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries. I understand that Cornerstone is a non-profit Christian organization that provides Biblical, pastoral counseling, marriage coaching and marriage education, which values will impact the services I receive.

Counselors of Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries practice as licensed and ordained ministers, with at least a Masters or Doctors Degree, and at least 10 years of related pastoral counseling/coaching and/or marriage ministry experience. Our counselors do not practice as state Licensed Professional Counselors and do not diagnose mental illnesses or disorders, nor prescribe treatment for the same. I acknowledge that no guarantees have been made to me regarding the outcome of my sessions. I hereby agree to hold Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries, and its representatives, harmless from any disputes, claims, liabilities or expenses which could arise from such services. I understand my rights and responsibilities as stated in this document.

I have read and agree to the information as stated in this document, and by my signature below, I accept all the terms and conditions as herein stated.

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Katie M.

Lack of communication caused built up resentments which led to anger and eventually the breakdown of our marriage. My husband began to do drugs to cope, and I began to drink. Our teenage daughter was desperately trying to escape our wrecked family. On a Sunday, after 15 years of marriage I told my husband I… Read more “Katie M.”

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“We’ve been married 8 years. If you’d asked me a week ago, “Where do you see yourself in a week?” I would have said, “In a very nasty divorce ruining the lives of our two beautiful children” Instead, I will be able to share with friends and family this amazing weekend and this amazing journey… Read more “Jared S.”

J.A.

“We came here threadbare… honestly believing divorce was an eventual reality for us. We both dreaded it; but knew it was almost 100% assured. The conference was like spiritual surgery. Words can’t describe the transformative experience my wife and I had. We left with a renewed commitment to marriage. Thank you for such a comprehensive,… Read more “J.A.”

Anonymous 7

“Before we came to the marriage renewal weekend we were distant, cold, and angry with each other. Our only communication was arguing. Our marriage was so bad that we didn’t say a word to each other on the way to the retreat. But this was the shot in the arm our marriage so desperately needed.… Read more “Anonymous 7”

Enrica K.

My husband and I had been separated for two months when he asked me to go with him to this retreat. We had tried a couple of counseling sessions during the time of our separation, but we had not felt comfortable at all, and achieved nothing. We live in New York City, and I thought… Read more “Enrica K.”

News Report: 54 Children & 36 Adults Saved From Impending Collapse Location: Dallas, Texas Event: A New Beginning, Marriage Renewal Retreat Date: June 24-26, 2016 First-Hand Accounts From Those Rescued “My wife and I had hardly spoken in months. The projects and counseling helped us get back to a point where we are now communicating… Read more “”

C.K.

“The weekend was incredible! After 18 years of marriage and with two children our marriage was in shambles. Unresolved issues and painful events of the past had eroded our relationship to a point of despair We were disconnected and disgruntled, basically just coexisting under the same roof with little or no intimacy, just surviving, living… Read more “C.K.”

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We were on the road to a possible divorce. It was a marriage that was complacent, unloving and uncaring. We had been unable unable to work out issues, and we had definitely lost that “loving feeling”. Growing up in  church, with a strong faith in God, I never thought I needed marriage counseling. This was… Read more “First-Hand Accounts From Those Rescued”

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Anonymous 6

“Thank you for your ministry and for giving us hope and “how to’s” and thank you for helping me realize that divorce is not the answer. I looked at my kids today and cried with gratitude that they got back the Daddy they have always loved.”

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News Report:   54 Children 32 Adults Saved Imminent Distress of Family Breakdown Locations: Dallas, Texas  & Indianapolis, Indiana A New Beginning, Marriage Renewal Retreat Date:  April 1-3 2016  &  April 29-May 1, 2016,     Before this weekend my marriage was full of anger, resentment and little hope. The projects on confession and forgiveness… Read more “Amazing Testimonies of Marriages Saved”

Angie O.

“After 18 years of marriage, my husband and I had so many walls built up between us that we weren’t sure if our marriage would survive. This gave us the opportunity to break those walls down in a constructive way. We can now start fresh in our marriage and experience the fullness of God intended.… Read more “Angie O.”

Anonymous 5

“This was our ‘Miracle Weekend.’ Experiencing the biblical steps to truly forgive my husband and let go was amazing. I’ve opened up to hearing and accepting what God wants to change in me. Prior to the weekend I didn’t believe I was critical or unforgiving, but I saw how I have been both – I… Read more “Anonymous 5”

Steve Wriggle

“Roy and Sue Milam of Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries faithfully served at Grace Community Church for ten years. They developed and implemented a marriage and family ministry at our church and organized a team of individuals to support and carry out the work. Roy and Sue conducted ongoing marriage skill classes and worked with… Read more “Steve Wriggle”

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Linda W.

Our Marriage Renewal Weekend with Cornerstone was the best thing that ever happened to us and our marriage. We had been to counseling two different times, but what we learned on our weekend greatly surpassed all of it. The weekend saved our marriage. We now have tools to help us through struggles and trials we… Read more “Linda W.”

David B.

I was unfaithful to my wife, and it destroyed my marriage. The marriage retreat weekend was the last resort for us, but we both decided to let God decide what He wanted us to do after this retreat. Before coming to the retreat, divorce was our only option, but not anymore. I have a lot… Read more “David B.”

Audrey M.

“Without a doubt, this weekend saved my marriage. In fact, it saved my life. After 27 years of marriage, I was ready to quit. I was not sure I even wanted to go to the weekend retreat. Praise God that I did. We had been hurting each other for so many years and had no… Read more “Audrey M.”

Denny Dillon

We recently hosted “Keeping Love Alive,” a marriage enrichment seminar presented by Roy and Sue Milam of Cornerstone Marriage and Family Ministries. Roy and Sue’s practical insights and transparency had a profound effect on our couples. They spoke from a wealth of understanding and personal experience that hit the issues our couples were facing head-on.… Read more “Denny Dillon”

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Anonymous 8

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Anonymous 2

The marriage retreat that we attended by Cornerstone at a time of need was truly a amazing experience. It reassured us that we had to put the Lord first to insure our marriage would survive. “I can do all thing through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13” The program that was put on by Roy… Read more “Anonymous 2”

Ashley S.

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Anonymous 1

“Our relationship had become cold and we barely communicated with each other anymore. I learned how to better meet my wife’s needs. I realized that I need to follow God’s plan. I surrendered my life to Jesus. Now I want to be the spiritual leader in my home. Thank you so much. Your ministry saved… Read more “Anonymous 1”

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