BIBLICAL COUNSELING
Are You Interested in Biblical Counseling at Acts Community Church?

Biblical counselors at Acts Community Church (Acts) are available for a number of counseling cases. Our counselors (by design) are not certified by the State of Texas; however, each counselor is trained and supervised by other counselors. Additionally, Acts counselors have had extensive training in biblical discipleship counseling and must meet various training requirements established by the Bible and the Director of the Ministry.

Coordinator of the Counseling Ministry
Nadia Bernhard, the coordinator of the ministry, has a masters degree in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. She also completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelors in Biblical counseling at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas. Additionally, she is a certified Biblical Counselor through the well known Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). 

The Role of Scripture to the Counselor
If you seek counseling from Acts, we want you to know that all counseling will be conducted in accordance with the counselor's understanding of the Scriptures. All counseling will be biblically based, meaning that the Scriptures will be the authority in all cases. Acts does not subscribe to the teachings and methods of modern psychology or psychiatry, whether expressly secular or the result of any attempted integration with biblical principles. Our counselors are not trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals, nor do they follow the methods of such persons. Also, our policy is not to make referrals to such persons.

If you (the counselee) are not sure that you will be interested in biblically-based counseling, you may first attend one or two sessions to discover what biblical discipleship counseling is like. If you or the counselor determines that you (the counselee) are unwilling to use the Bible as the final authority for your life, future counseling sessions will be terminated. 

Additionally, each counseling session will conclude with the counselor assigning homework. If the counselee is unwilling to complete the assigned homework, future counseling sessions will be terminated until the assigned homework has been completed to the satisfaction of the counselor. Any future sessions can be terminated by either party. However, if you (the counselee) are a member of Acts, the Pastor and/or Elders will be notified of the reasons for termination of your counseling sessions and all By-Laws and/or policies of Acts shall apply. If you are not a member of Acts, please note that written correspondence will be sent to your church notifying them of the termination of your counseling sessions and the reasons for said termination.

Non-member of a Church
If the counselee is currently not a member of a church or not a member in good standing with a church, Acts will expect the counselee to attend Acts Community Church on a weekly basis while going through Acts counseling ministry. For example, if the counselee is going to have 13 counseling sessions then Acts would expect that the counselee would attend Acts for 13 weeks. After such time, Acts will be happy to assist the counselee in finding a church home and, of course, the counselee is welcome to examine Acts Community Church as a possibility.
Our experience has been that for changes in people to be lasting, people need more than the help they receive in formal counseling. They need the total ministry of a church in which the preaching, teaching and fellowship are providing the same kind of help that is given in the counseling sessions. If the counselee does not attend Acts on a regular basis (Sunday services at least three (3) times a month), all future counseling sessions will be terminated.

Confidentiality
Absolute confidentiality is not scriptural. In certain circumstances the Bible requires that facts be disclosed to select others (Matt. 18:15ff). In these areas we will follow the policy and procedures of Acts. When your church leadership inquires about the status of your sessions, we will disclose to them the information that is necessary for them to effectively and biblically fulfill their responsibility to shepherd you.
BY LAW, there are certain situations in which information about individuals undergoing counseling may be released with or without their permission. These situations are as follows: (Romans 13:1-3)

1. Where it is proven that children are physically abused, sexually abused, or neglected.

2. In emergency situations where there may be proven danger to the counselee or others, as with homicide or suicide, confidentiality may be broken.

3. If a court of law issues a legitimate subpoena relating to a child abuse case, we are required by law to provide the information specifically described in the subpoena.

4. If an unreported life-threatening felony has been committed, we are required by law to report it to the police.

At any time during the counseling, for reasons sufficient to himself/herself, the counselor – as also the counselee -- shall have the option of terminating counseling. 

Counseling Fees
Acts does not charge a specific fee for counseling. However, since there are costs involved in maintaining this ministry, counselees may want to express their thanks and help to maintain the ministry in a tangible way. 

Donations should be made to Acts Community Church in matters such as these. Also, part of the weekly homework assignments may require the counselee to purchase materials related to their counseling process. Counselees are expected to pay for these materials. 

Counselee Responsibility
It should be understood that biblical discipleship counseling will involve giving scriptural teaching and making practical application of the same to each individual counselee. The counselee is held fully responsible for how he/she implements that counsel. 

Counselors in Training
Here at Acts Community Church we not only provide biblical discipleship counseling, but are devoted to training biblical counselors. This means that the counselor may have one to two people assisting him/her in each counseling session. 

The Bible as the Authority in the Session
We are confident that the Bible has all of the information necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). There are no problems between persons or in persons that the Bible fails to address either in general or specific principles. Our counselors are not infallible, nor do they pretend to know all there is to know about biblical teaching and its applications to life, but they are well equipped and competent to help people change. They will make a point to differentiate between God's commands and their suggestions. Counselors will also honestly tell you if they are limited in their capacity to address a matter and will seek help from other trained counselors in matters where they feel it is needed. 

Medical/Legal Advice
Please note that Acts does not give medical or legal advice. 
If you are willing to enter into this kind of counseling, please fill out the forms attached below. Once you have filled out the forms please email the forms or mail them to us (see mailing addrress below or visit our  contact page ). Once you have emailed or mailed the forms, call us to see when/if scheduled times of counseling are available. 

MAIL IN FORMS TO
: P.O. BOX 8071 Pasadena, Texas 77508
Thank you for your interest in the biblical discipleship counseling ministry of Acts Community Church.

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