Our Goal: To help you meet the challenges of life from a biblical, mental, emotional, and physical perspective.
Biblical Basis: We believe that the Bible provides wisdom for your life. Therefore, our counseling and mentoring is based on a Biblical worldview. Neither the pastoral staff nor the counselors of this church are trained as licensed psychotherapists or mental health professionals, nor should they be expected to follow the methods of such specialists. Pastor Bob is a Behavioral Life Coach Consultant and is credentialed as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors. Lay counselors and mentors are trained in biblical principles and complete continuing education courses through the American Association of Christian Counselors and their certified physicians and mental health professionals.
Not Professional Advice: Some of our counselors work in professional fields outside the church. When serving as counselors at Grace Fellowship, they do not provide the same kind of professional advice and services that they do when they are hired in their professional capacities. Therefore, if you have significant legal, financial, medical or other technical questions, you should seek advice from an independent professional or referrals from our resources. Our counselors will be happy to cooperate with such advisors and help you to consider their counseling in the light of a relevant biblical worldview.
Confidentiality: Confidentially is an important aspect of the counseling process, and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. By law, there are certain situations in which information about individuals undergoing professional guidance may be released with or without their permission. These situations are as follows:
- Where children are physically abused, neglected, or sexually abused, the proper authorities must be notified.
- In emergency situations where there may be danger to the client or others, as with homicide or suicide, confidentiality may be broken.
- If a court of law issues a legitimate subpoena relating to a child abuse case, we are required by law to provide information specifically described in the subpoena.
- If an unreported life-threatening felony has been committed, we are required by law to report it to the police.
There are occasions however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others:
- When a person attends another church
- When a person is under the care of other professionals
Please be assured that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible.
Resolution of Conflicts: If a conflict arises between a counselor and client, then the party suffering the offense should speak privately with the other party. If the conflict cannot be resolved in that forum, the party may request assistance from Pastor Bob Tome.
Having clarified the principles and policies of our Counseling Ministry, we welcome the opportunity to serve you. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please talk with the Counseling Pastor. If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please select “I agree” at the bottom of the form before submitting.