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Counseling Agreement

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We look forward to helping you with your problems using God’s Word.  In order to be as clear as possible about thecounseling and the administrative procedures used atBCTC, please read the following information. You will be required to indicate your agreement to it by signing and dating this consent form on your first visit. You must complete the personal information forms and sign this form before we can begin counseling you.

What is Biblical Counseling?

Biblical counseling involves understanding the problems of living in a fallen world and their solutions from a biblical perspective.  The Bible is used both to define the problems and to develop methods for solving these problems.  The counselors at BCTC have received formal training in biblical counseling.  They are not licensed psychologists, but rather pastoral counselors.  They are certified by the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, a national organization devoted to insuring the quality of counseling offered by their members.  Because of your interest in biblical counseling, we will also keep you informed of this ministry by including you on our mailing list unless you advise us not to.  As previously stated in the above paragraph, this form must be signed and the personal information must be filled in before we can begin counseling.

Are counseling sessions kept confidential?

The Bible clearly says that gossip is wrong.  Therefore, the counselors at GCCC will not release information about particular counselees except in the few situations required by the Bible or the last of our state.  Those situation are: 1) when someone is in danger of being harmed 2) when a child is physically or sexually abused or 3) when someone persistently refuses to stop a sinful pattern, and it is necessary to seek assistance from his/her church to encourage proper change (see Matthew 18:15-20 and Romans 13:1-7).

What are the fees for counseling at BCTC?

The biblical counselors at BCTC provide their time, energy, and spiritual gifts as a service to God and as a labor of love (I Thess.  2:7-8; I Timothy 1:5). BCTC does not charge for counseling services.  The Ministry is supported by donations that are used to accomplish the ministry’s mission. Counselees are not required but encouraged to contribute to BCTC of AZ. Some counselees have asked how they can help.  We tell them that it costs the ministry about $50 per session to cover the costs of a counselor and miscellaneous materials. Donations of any size are welcome to keep this ministry going. If you are not able to help in this way, sometimes your church may want to help with your counseling by donating.

 Voluntary contributions given to the Ministry are appreciated, but not to burden anyone. Please make any and all checks payable to BCTCof AZ. And give to staff member or mail in. All donations are tax deductible. If you wish to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please attach a notice to your donation. 

What if I miss an appointment?

Counselees are asked to cancel appointments at least 24 hours prior to the appointment. This gives others the opportunity to use the canceled time slot. If no cancellation is made, or less than 24 hours notice is received, except for absolute emergencies, you will risk your counseling case being inactivated and your time slot will be given to the next case on our waiting list. What if I have a dispute with my counselor? If you have a dispute with your counselor at BCTC, the procedure for addressing your concerns is 1st go to your counselor and attempt to resolve it, if that does not resolve it, take another BCTC staff member with you to try and resolve it. 3rd, if that does not resolve the issue then BCTC board will view the situation.

These forms are thorough to save you and our counselor’s time at the first session so counseling can start to solve your problems.

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