Why do people decide to come
People decide to come to counseling because they want to get the
most out of life. Many people choose to come because they want
to improve the quality of their marriage or their family
relationships. Some are struggling with depression or anxiety
that diminishes their quality of life. Others have suffered a
serious disappointment or the death of a loved one. The
transition stages of life prompt others to invest their energies
into discovering new sources of meaning and purpose. Others are
motivated to discern how God is acting in their lives and how
they might appropriately respond. People come because life is
Why do they choose pastoral
Most people seek out pastoral counselors because they want
someone to respect their individual values and to take a
holistic view of life that integrates body, mind and spirit.
Pastoral counseling is not a disorder-focused discipline and
people do not have to be sick, weak or dysfunctional to receive
help. The focus is on growth and fulfillment as we seek to
become the unique individuals we were created to become.
How much does it cost?
Our diagnostic fee is $125 and our standard fee is $110 for a 50 minute session, $80 for a 25
minute session and $50 for a 75 minute group session. We accept
most insurance, but individual plans vary significantly. Some
churches underwrite the cost for the first three sessions. If
none of the above applies, your counselor will discuss an
individual payment plan based on your unique circumstance and
our sliding fee scale.
Do you have evening hours?
Yes. When you call for an appointment, ask the receptionist for
If I want marriage counseling,
do I come alone or with my partner?
There may be circumstances in which clients or counselors will
request individual sessions, but it is our recommendation that
you come together for the first visit. This is encouraged - not
If you wish to improve the
quality of your relationship and your partner refuses to come to
counseling with you, we encourage you to come individually.
Remember, one person can significantly influence the system in a
Do you have someone on staff
to work with children?
Yes. We have pastoral counselors on staff trained to work with
children, with entire families and with blended families. We
also have counselors trained to work with ADD or ADHD.
What if I have anxiety,
depression or another health condition that requires medication?
If you presently have a physician, the staff at TPCS will
consult with your primary care provider with your consent as a
means of coordinating care. If it is determined during the
course of your counseling that medication would be beneficial,
we have close working relationships with a number of medical
providers we recommend or you may select one of your choice.
Is my story confidential?
TPCS has taken the lead in protecting the confidentiality of
those who share their sacred stories. Since all of our staff are
ministers who function as representatives of the faith community
with the privilege of confidentiality, the information you share
has a confessional quality. It is the policy of TPCS to protect
the confidential nature of each story and to claim the privilege
that is ours not to provide testimony in a court of law.
EXCEPTION: Please be advised that the law requires that abuse of
a minor or disabled/elderly person or an active plan to harm
oneself or someone else must be reported.
Please read our Notice of
Privacy Practices for more information.
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