What is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical counseling is committed to the position that Scripture provides the only authoritative guide for what we are to believe and how we are to live (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Biblical counselor is trained in the use of Scripture and the principles of Biblical counseling. He or she does not base his or her counsel on mans' wisdom, opinions, experience, or concepts of behavior (Isaiah 55:8-11), but seeks to bring the full range of Biblical truth to focus on the counselee's need (Hebrews 4:12). At Reigning Grace Counseling Center we emphasize the importance of change at the heart level. When a person comes to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, they are indwelt with the Holy Spirit who convicts of sins, and works with the revealing truth of Scripture to equip a person.
The goal of Biblical counseling is summed up in the adage, "heart change for life change". We believe that God's word contains all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). When the word of God is applied to the heart of man, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds and these internal changes result in life changes! These are not simply behavior modifications, but a complete transformation that brings glory to God.
Counseling topics include but are not limited to:
What are my Next Steps?
RGCC offers several ways of obtaining help through Biblical counseling and discipleship. Our counselors are available by appointment to meet in person with those in the Greater Kansas City and surrounding areas.
In person counseling is always preferred, but some exceptions can be made. Distance counseling and consultations are appropriate for:
Drug and Alcohol Counseling must be done in person - no exceptions.
To protect everyone involved, male counselees are scheduled with men, and female counselees are scheduled with women. Our counselors do not counsel with the opposite gender except in a team counseling situation. Couples, Family, and Small Group Counseling may be facilitated by a member of either sex.
Please ask in advance about our policy on counseling children.
What Should I Expect?
Upon our receipt of your completed informational packet, you will be contacted to schedule your first appointment with a counselor.
Your first appointment will be 60-90 minutes long. All subsequent appointments will be approximately 60 minutes long. All Small Group Meetings will be 120 minutes long.
All counselee's are expected to do homework as a part of the counseling process. This may necessitate the purchase of a few resources throughout the duration of your counseling. We ask you to be prepared to purchase a resource ranging from $6 to $15 that we may assign you at your first appointment. We do attempt to keep purchasing of resources to a minimum and to a reasonable cost, but we ask you to please plan accordingly.
We are not a licensed counseling agency, nor are we psychologically or medically trained therapists. We offer 'pastoral' counseling intended to bring life change through heart change.