What type of counseling will I receive?
Grace Ministries International employs a method of discipleship counseling utilizing spiritual, Biblical principles. In this kind of counseling, the Holy Spirit, not the counselor, is the therapist, and God becomes the agent of change, provided the counselee cooperates with Him. Our goal is to convey a way of freedom from mental and emotional symptoms, family and marital conflict, as well as other difficulties, utilizing exchanged life principles. Grace Ministries International does not practice psychotherapy nor are our counselors licensed psychotherapists.
What days and times is counseling available?
Discipleship Counseling appointments are scheduled primarily during daytime hours. Our office hours are Monday – Thursday 9 am to 5 pm. Fridays, we are open 9 am to 3 pm. For those who cannot make daytime appointments we also offer two evenings a week for counseling. Tuesday and Thursday evenings are available from 6 pm until 9 pm. Assessments are available during these hours as well.
What are the qualifications of the staff?
Because of our unique approach Grace Ministries International trains its own staff. Since we do Biblically based, Christ-centered discipleship/counseling we do not necessarily look to secular standards as qualifying people for staff positions at GMI. Some of our counseling staff have professional, advanced degrees and some do not. Please feel free to ask about your discipler’s background and experience.
Grace Ministries International is not equipped for emergency crisis care. The traditional recommendations for suicidal clients involve psychiatric/psychological care and/or inpatient help. We are a discipleship counseling ministry. Although we can sometimes help people in this area by sharing spiritual truths, our discipleship can take time that people needing emergency care cannot afford.
Who can pursue Discipleship Counseling?
Any adult who wishes to pursue greater freedom, joy, rest, and peace in their life may call Grace Ministries International to begin.
How long does the Discipleship Counseling process take?
Counseling sessions are generally 50 minutes in length and weekly appointments are ideal, especially in the beginning of the process. Longer sessions are possible if necessary. Depending on the nature of the problem, an individual can expect to spend five to eight months in the discipleship counseling process, longer if necessary.
Will the Discipleship Counseling process be painful?
The counseling process may be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually challenging. We commit to walk with you as God touches your life and to encourage you to receive from Him what He wants you to know about yourself and about Himself.
What is the cost of Discipleship Counseling?
The initial Assessment is $125 for individual counseling, and $150 for couples counseling.
Grace Ministries International asks our clients to pay $100 a session. We realize that some people have very little income and are limited in their ability to pay. In the event of financial hardship, please contact our office to discuss opportunities that may be available for your assistance.
How do I get started?
If you have read through our FAQ’s about Discipleship Counseling and you think you are ready to begin, please call our office at 770-690-0433 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!