What privacy (confidentiality) will I have?

Confidential conversations between a counselor and a client are something that counselors are bound to by the ethical standards of their profession. The purpose of confidentiality is to provide a safe environment where a client will freely discuss his problems, without fear that very personal information will be revealed to others. This increases trust and the likelihood that all aspects of a given problem will be brought into the open. Confidentiality then is important for a good counselor-client relationship.

By law, there are three issues that can’t be kept confidential. A counselor is legally required to report cases of child and elder abuse. In cases where a client is an imminent suicide risk or is threatening harm to another person, confidentiality may be broken. These exceptions are to protect others, or the client himself. These are important and necessary exceptions. Any other disclosure of information about one’s counseling requires written permission.

There is another aspect of confidentiality that needs to be mentioned. Besides one’s conversations with a counselor, the very fact that he is receiving counseling is confidential. This is partly because in our society there still exists significant bias and discrimination toward those who seek assistance for mental and/or relationship problems. Therefore, at the Counseling Center we respect one’s desire to have the fact that he is coming to us be kept confidential, and we do all that we can to keep it that way. As the body of Christ, we should value personal growth and see Christian Counseling as a possible means to that growth. And as a result reduce the stigma associated with seeing a “counselor”? Our prayer is that this would someday be the case, that there would be no shame in seeking counseling. Rather, that it would be a desirable goal to be one who recognizes his struggles and has the courage to change even if it means seeking the help of a Christian Counselor ().

How much does it cost?

We offer counseling on a sliding scale with reduced rates so that finances do not have to be a hindrance to getting help. It is our goal to provide help regardless of financial circumstances.

Please call our office to discuss rates.

What is a typical client?

  • A middle aged man who has spent the past 25 plus years rising up the corporate ladder and raising a family only to find himself depressed and having difficulty getting up and going to work. His life lacks meaning even though he has accomplished what a man like him is supposed to. He realizes that his relationships with is wife, family, and friends have deteriorated or are non-existent.
  • The young couple married 8 years. It seems all that they do is fight. With three kids, 2 jobs, and a mortgage they have little time for each other. Both wonder if this is all there is.
  • The 9 year old little girl has been experiencing severe anxiety over going to school. She often complains of not feeling well, and has difficulty getting along with other children. Her school performance is suffering.
  • A married woman, who by society’s standards has it all. She struggles with depression and anxiety. For years she has tried to deny that the abusive and dysfunctional home she grew up in was impacting her adult life. She has tried to put the past behind her, to follow Christ and serve him completely in all she does. Yet, the intrusive thoughts, the nightmares, the feelings of panic, and the difficulties with intimacy continue unabated.
  • The college student was raised in a Christian home, yet you wouldn’t know it by how his/her life looks today. It began with missing church, being out too late at parties, and has ended up with an addiction to alcohol. The parents knew something was wrong by the dropping grades, but were shocked and ashamed upon learning the truth. As an elder in the church, this is not supposed to happen to one of his children.

The above stories are just a small sample of the “typical clients” that seek help at the Counseling Center. Clients come in all ages, race, socio-economic status, and gender. The problems in their current life range from mild to overwhelming and severe. Some come early, wanting to prevent something serious from developing. Others come when it seems to be too late and nothing sort of a miracle from God can change things. Fortunately, those miracles still happen.

In one sense all clients are typical. Everyone struggles to live in a stressful world, has difficulty in relationships, and carries some pain from their past. Every client must address the place of God in his life; will He be Lord or will he be ignored.

In a very real way no client is typical . Each is uniquely made by God and has lived a unique life and presents with unique issues. We strive to bring relevant, competent, professional, and biblical counseling to each person God brings to the counseling center. Our prayer is to be used in a unique way, with that unique person, to accomplish God’s eternal purposes in that one’s life.

What Specialties do you have?

Our counselors have developed expertise in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Marital and Family Counseling
  • Addictions
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Recovery from abuse, trauma, and dysfunctional families
  • Children and adolescents
  • Parenting
  • Aging and family caretaking
  • Grief and loss

Do you provide Group Therapy?

Yes. To read more about our groups, click on the link of interest on the left navigation bar. You may also call us: (803)779-1995.

Will Christian Counseling really help?

The Christian Counseling Center can provide you an opportunity to develop a relationship with a caring, compassionate, and professionally trained Christian Counselor. The counselor will help you identify areas in your life that are causing distress and help you move towards wholeness. Change may be needed in your emotions, thought patterns, behaviors, or relationships. Change is encouraged through the use of therapeutic techniques and Biblical Truth.

Who can receive services?

Anyone….The Christian Counseling Center provides services for individuals, couples, and families regardless of race, creed, gender, or socio-economic status. You do not have to be a member of First Presbyterian Church.

How do I make an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment here.If you have any further questions you can call us at 803-779-1995 during normal business hours. For more information on locations and hours of service, click here.

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (ESV)