Counseling

Need Counseling?

We understand that there are times in life where you just need a helping hand. In fact, many people are doing very well in some parts of their life while struggling in others. Now might be the time when you need someone to come alongside and encourage you from the Bible. The Counseling Ministry is a loving ministry which uses the truth found in the Word of God to encourage you to see your circumstances, problems, and relationships from a biblical perspective.

There Is Hope!

We believe that God has given us all we need to know Him and to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. All our difficulties may not evaporate. However, when a person willingly submits to God’s instructions and clings to His promises there is hope and help. Whether the issues are struggles with depression, pornography, or other addictive behaviors, raising children, or marriage conflict, our God is a God of hope. He offers rest to the weary, peace to those who are troubled, and grace and love to those who feel defeated and without hope. God wants to heal the broken-hearted and strengthen you in your faith as you learn to depend on Him.

Jesus as Savior & Lord

If you do not yet know Jesus as Savior, we share the good news of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. If you have already placed your faith in Jesus as your Savior, we walk with you along your life journey and share the truth found in God’s Word to live in Christ-likeness.

Are The Counselors Qualified?

Our counselors are spiritually mature men and women who are trained by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)) to counsel, based on truth found in the Word of God. All counselors are either certified or in the process of being certified by ACBC.

What Does It Cost?

At this time, CBC can offer the counseling free of charge with the exception of any resources the counselor deems necessary (usually one or two books averaging $8-$15 a piece). However, we require a $25 deposit which is forfeited for last minute cancellations. If a counselee leaves counseling or graduates from counseling without a cancellation the deposit is returned.

Medications

As a counseling ministry, it is not within our scope to recommend using, not using, or discontinue using legal medications. As a church we view legal medications as a Romans 14 issue.

What Can I Expect When I Come?

First of all, you can expect that everything will be held in strict confidence except where, in the counselor’s judgment, there is a biblical requirement to involve others.

Second, you can expect that you will be cared for, and respected.

Third, you’ll be encouraged in your successes and exhorted to think and behave in a way that pleases Jesus Christ.

Biblical Basis

We believe that the Bible provides thorough guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our counseling is based on the Bible and the truth found herein.

What Does CBC Expect From Their Counselees?

We have four requirements:

  1. Be honest. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to help you if you continually lie to us.
  2. Be teachable.
  3. Do your weekly homework
  4. You must attend CBC during the time of your counseling (sometimes there are circumstances that prevent your attendance and we look at each situation individually).

Where Do I Begin?

Fill out the appropriate form for your situation.

If you are married, click here.

If you are single, click here.

You can also call (352) 229-2060 for more information. If you’d rather send an email, counseling@cbcofocala.org. We look forward to hearing from you.