161 East Harper Avenue, Maryville, TN  865-984-0116

Counseling Expectations

COUNSELING EXPECTATIONS

We are thankful for the opportunity to help you navigate your difficulties through the application of God’s Word. We purpose to strengthen the local church’s ability to provide care to its people and our counseling has an emphasis on training that supports that purpose. Our desire is to walk with you during this time and to encourage your spiritual growth as we rely on the sufficiency of Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit to change hearts and lives.

There are several expectations before we get started. If you agree to the following, please sign below.

COUNSELEE COMMITMENTS

I commit to be to appointments on time and bring my Bible and something to take notes on
I commit to let the counselor know a day ahead if I cannot make it due to an emergency
I commit to complete weekly homework assignments that will encourage lasting change. If homework has not been completed, to let the counselor                     know a day ahead of time in order to possibly reschedule
I commit to give a week’s notice before terminating counseling, which I have the right to do at any time if I am not pleased with the services.
I commit to allowing a counselor-in-training to observe my counseling session
I commit to be honest. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to help you if you are not honest with us.
I commit to give the counseling process a little time. A primary goal of biblical counseling is to help a person learn to counsel him/herself relying on                   biblical truths with guidance from the Holy Spirit. Habits are not developed overnight, and new habits will take time to develop. In most cases,               we ask individuals to commit to regular counseling appointments for a period of 3 to 4 months. Biblical counseling is not meant                                         continue for many months or years.

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COUNSELOR COMMITMENTS

The counselor commits to pray and prepare for your visits

The counselor commits to help in every faithful way the Scripture allows

The counselor commits to notify you if an emergency arises and he/she can’t make it

The counselor commits to take this meeting time, your life, and issues very seriously

The counselor has the right to terminate counseling if there are repeated cancellations, repeated failures to complete homework assignments, or if                       there is a general lack of initiative or willingness to make progress
The counselor commits to a biblically limited confidentially (discussed in detail on our Consent to Counsel form)
The counselor commits to use sessions as a training ground for other observing counselors

We hope to have the privilege of encouraging you through whatever trial you are facing and you to Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor and the Author and Perfecter of our Faith.

Isaiah 9:6
…And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 

Hebrews 12:1, 2
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every  encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.