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
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.
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.