Counselling

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Christian counselling can be defined as “the ministry of one individual seeking to help another person recognize, understand, and solve his or her own problems in accordance with the Word of God.” It is a helping relationship to provide an opportunity for the person to work towards more wholesome living which is more satisfying and resourceful. The goal of counselling is to give the person opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of achieving this.

Code of conduct
  1. Conduct for volunteer counsellors
    1. Counsellors shall not step beyond their competence in counselling situations and shall refer clients to other professionals when appropriate.

    2. Counsellors shall assume the full responsibility for establishing and maintaining clear, appropriate boundaries in all counselling and counselling-related relationships.

    3. Sessions shall be conducted in appropriate settings at appropriate times and no sessions should be conducted in private homes.

    4. Counsellors shall maintain a log of the times and places of sessions with each person being counselled.

    5. Counsellors shall keep records of the content of sessions.

    6. Physical contact can be misconstrued and should be used with discretion and care.

    7. Counsellors shall only counsel clients of the same sex. 

  2. Confidentiality
    1. Information obtained in the course of the sessions shall be strictly confidential, except for compelling reasons or as required by law:

      • If there is clear and imminent danger to the client or others.

      • If a person in a leadership position in this church is involved in illegal or unethical activities.

      • Before disclosure, the person being counselled should be informed about the disclosure and possible consequences. Counsellors should discuss the nature of confidentiality and it’s limitations with each person in counselling.

      • Consultation with the Vision Management Committee is required before disclosure. 

       

Procedure

Application forms are available at the Church Office or at the Help Desk before and after Sunday services. Counselling is offered on a two-to-one basis. The process of counselling involves evaluating your present situation, determining the counselling goals, and addressing the solution in accordance with the Word of God. You will be provided with a safe place to share your problems and concerns.

Areas of counselling:
  • Low self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness

  • Relationship mending

  • Marriage problems

  • Sexual difficulties

  • Grief and Loss

  • Anxiety and fears

  • Post divorce or separation problems

  • Marriage

  • Families

  • Parenting

  • Divorce Recovery

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

  • Anger Management

  • Depression

Get help

Download: Counsellee Application form.

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