Frequently Asked Questions
What values shape the biblical counseling offered by SoulCare?
We strive for our counseling to be biblical. By calling it biblical counseling, we mean it will be shaped by these values:
- God’s Glory
We understand life to be ultimately about God’s glory and God’s story, and so, we seek to be God-centered in our speech and goals.
- Dignity of All People
Because all people have been made in the image of God, we take suffering and sin seriously and encourage people to take personal responsibility for their actions.
We understand the Cross and the Gospel to be the ultimate solution for all of life’s challenges. Therefore, rather than point people to a program, theory, or experience, we want to point them to Jesus.
- Maturity in Christ
We counsel to help people mature in Christ, rather than help them manage their problems. We have a goal for all people: living out who we are in Jesus.
- Heart Focused
We acknowledge the complexity of suffering and sin and seek to uncover, with the Spirit’s help, a person’s heart, their motivations, and how they have been affected by circumstances and relationships.
- Bible Driven
We believe God’s Word is authoritative and relevant for all of life’s issues. As such, we believe that everything we do and say in counseling is ultimately rooted in Scripture.
Who can come for counseling?
SoulCare is offered to anyone who regularly attends Calvary (though church membership is not required). We believe that being an active member of the Calvary faith community, including faithfully attending corporate worship services, is an important and necessary part of the counseling process.
Is there a cost to receive SoulCare counseling?
No. This is a ministry to the Calvary church family, so we currently do not charge for it. However, we respect the time of our counselors and the need for an organized schedule. So, please alert your counselor if you’ll be late or if you need to cancel your appointment for whatever reason.
What are some of the issues commonly addressed in SoulCare?
- Marital difficulties
- Dealing with conflict
- Anxiety, fear, and worry
- Obsessions and compulsions
- Living with chronic pain
- Emotional pain from the past
- Broken relationships
- Feeling rejected/burned out
- Parental difficulties
- Sexual struggles
When does counseling take place and how long does it last?
You and your counselor will work together to find a day and time that works best for both of you. At the bottom of the Request for SoulCare Counseling form you will indicate your availability. Appointments are forty-five minutes long. The number of sessions will fluctuate. However, we ask people to commit to a minimum of six sessions.
Who are the SoulCare counselors?
All our counselors are trained and trusted members of Calvary who are able to handle your struggles and hurts with appropriate care and wisdom. They can be trusted to interact with you in confidence, except when biblical wisdom would have them get others involved. They are accountable to Calvary’s leaders and will humbly acknowledge if they think it’s wise for you to find help outside of our ministry, in addition to the encouragement, they would want to give you.