How Much does counseling cost?
$45 per session.
How and Why IS THE FEE SO LOW?
Christian counseling rates per session typically range from $75-$125 or more. Your counselor is offering a discounted fee for his service. Donors to our nonprofit organization make this possible. It is hard put a price on the spiritual and emotional benefits that often result from investing in counseling. Truthfully, counseling is expensive because it is extremely valuable. We believe in this biblical principle: For Scripture says, "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." (I Timothy 5:18). However, we also believe in helping those who need this service but can't afford it. If you cannot afford the $45 session rate, then let us know your needs when you book your appointment. We'll provide a way for you to still get help.
Do You Take Insurance?
No. There really is no need for insurance because our session rate is already discounted and not much more than insurance copays. (Counselors usually charge over $100 per session.) Also, we offer biblical counseling and do not participate directly with health insurance for our discipleship counseling service. Most insurance companies require a diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and we don't do that at Real Life Christian Counseling. We welcome those who want others to get the help they need, but are not able to afford counseling, to donate to Real Life Christian Counseling on a regular basis.
HOW DO I SET AN APPOINTMENT?
Can I use my HSA or FSA?
Yes. Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts are a great way to pay for RLCC services using money that is not taxed. For your HSA, you can pay with your check or debit card. For your FSA, we can provide a receipt so you can make a claim.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions are by appointment only and generally last 60 minutes.
What is pastoral counseling?
Pastoral counseling ministers to the whole person: spirit, soul, and body. Pastoral counseling uses ethical counseling techniques in combination with biblical principles and believes the Bible is the final standard of authority for the counselor. A belief that God is the one who ultimately brings about healing in our lives is the key to restoration.
What is the difference between a pastoral counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor?
Pastoral counselors are considered clergy and ministers first, and counselors second. The pastoral counselor is in the Ministry of Counseling. National Christian Counselors Association pastoral counselors have a national license and provide Biblical counseling. Licensed Professional Counselors are licensed by the state. Most Licensed Professional Counselors provide commercial/secular counseling.
What is the National Christian Counselors Association (N.C.C.A.)?
The N.C.C.A. was formally founded in 1983 by Dr. Richard Arno. The N.C.C.A. has three primary goals or purposes:
- To develop a biblically-based counseling model/technique that is relatively easy to learn and one that really works!
- To develop a scientifically sound but biblically-based profiling system (method) that would identify a person’s very natural (inborn temperament) rather that his/her learned behavior (mask). N.C.C.A.’s counseling model is called Temperament Therapy.
- To provide a national licensing program for persons who are called by God into the “Ministry of Counseling.”