FAQs

Who can receive counseling at The Crossing?

Members: The counseling offered by our professional counseling team primarily exists to meet the counseling needs of our members. Membership means that you have completed the Discovery Class, met with a pastor for your membership interview, and signed the membership covenant. As a member of The Crossing, our services are provided for you at a reduced rate.

Regular Attendees: We also meet with regular attendees of The Crossing under a different fee structure, and as space is available. Regular attendance means that you have regularly participated in attending Sunday services for a minimum of six months, and are actively engaged in the The Crossing community through a small group, bible study or serving team.

This level of commitment to The Crossing is a vital aspect of a successful counseling experience, as we believe that the preaching of the Word combined with fellowship with other believers is an integral part of the growth process.

What are the fees for professional counseling?

Each new potential client who submits an online counseling request must complete an Initial Assessment with our Clinical Coordinator. Each case is then reviewed and evaluated by the counseling team.

  • Initial Assessment fee: $35 (Required for all new potential clients)

Member Counseling Rates (completed Discovery Class, signed Covenant, and met with pastor):

  • College Student fee: $35 per session
  • Individual fee: $45 per session
  • Couple fee: $60 per session

A scholarship application is available upon request for Members only.

Regular Attendee Counseling Rates (Regular Sunday service attendance for at least 6 months, actively engaged in a small group, bible study or serving team):

  • Student fee: $45 per session
  • Individual fee: $90 per session
  • Couple fee: $120 per session

What is professional Christian counseling?

Professional Christian counseling offers a safe place for people to be honest with themselves, others and with God about the deep broken places in their lives. We believe that God is ready to meet us in our struggles and restore us to life and health when we invite Him into our life stories so we can live with integrity. Counseling can help us understand how God has designed people and relationships to function and flourish and then apply the truth of the gospel so we have the internal resources to address the challenges of life. We depend on the illuminating work of the Spirit to guide us in God’s truth and grace and we are patient with the process of time needed to bring growth and transformation in the lives of those seeking help through counseling.

How is professional Christian counseling different from pastoral counseling?

Our ordained pastors bring the rich resources of the Christian theological tradition, and a caring disposition to nurture those under their leadership. Sometimes, spending a period of time with a pastor is sufficient to address spiritual questions or face difficult challenges. But, there are other occasions that require more time and technical expertise that goes beyond the scope of pastoral counseling. Professional Christian counselors who have been clinically trained to do therapy are prepared to handle some of the more complex issues that arise. The Crossing Counseling Ministry and The Crossing pastoral staff offers both services in an effort to connect our people to God and each other in deep transformative ways. If you are interested in meeting with a pastor, please email [email protected].

What clinical methods do you use in counseling?

Christian counseling established in a biblical worldview will utilize the best of psychological research under the authority of Scripture. Some of the Christian thinkers and authors that shape our approach to Integrated Soul Care are: St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, Chuck DeGroat, Dan Allender, Eric Johnson, John Coe, Henry Cloud, John Townsend, Diane Langberg and others, as well as the rich insight of Object-Relations Therapy, Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Schema Therapy and Internal Family Systems. Our professional counselors will engage with your story using multiple methods and approaches designed to help you reach your goals.

What can I expect in a counseling session?

You can expect our counseling to be holistic in approach as we work together to address three inter-related perspectives in your life. Experiential: what is going on inside your heart right now and the major life events that have had the most significant impact on you; Contextual: what is happening in your current circumstances that has brought you to counseling; and Spiritual: how does God relate to all that is happening? You can expect counseling to be somewhat disruptive as we explore previously unidentified emotions and beliefs, evaluate habits and patterns, and introduce new ideas and paradigms. In brief, you can expect your counseling to be intensive and rewarding work.

How do I know that the process will be confidential?

We make every effort to keep your personal information confidential and protect what you share with us, because we know that counseling doesn’t work without a high degree of trust and safety. When you enter into counseling you are opening yourself to a process of exploring the hidden places of your heart so that you can be connected to the life of God and all the spiritual provisions He has given you through Christ. We recognize that it is a profoundly courageous decision to reach out for help to deal with painful parts of your story. Your privacy and confidentiality is of utmost importance to us, and an essential component of building trust. We subscribe to the Code of Ethics prescribed by the American Association of Christian Counselors which can be reviewed at www.acca.net.

How long does counseling last?

The length of time for counseling depends upon the needs of the couple or individual. We generally recommend at least 3-5 sessions before we can assess what will be necessary to address the clients concerns.

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