We are pleased to offer short-term pastoral counseling to any regular attender of Fellowship Dallas. Knowing how difficult it can get in times of distress, we make every effort to provide timely and confidential assistance based on your need and counselor availability. While it is never easy to seek help, we are honored to walk alongside you on your journey with biblically based and grace-centered pastoral counseling.
While the pastoral counseling team is trained and educated in professional counseling philosophies and techniques, they offer help and guidance through a biblical perspective.
- We commit to providing you with the very best in counseling techniques and ethics from a biblically based perspective.
- We commit to creating a caring and confidential environment so you can to take an honest look at yourself and your situation.
- We commit to helping you grow spiritually as we help you discover solutions to resolve your problem.
Nature of Counseling
We use a counseling approach that takes into account the spiritual, psychological, and social aspects of your situation. Using this holistic approach, we attempt to build a relationship with you based on mutual respect and cooperation. In all counseling, the goal is to work with you to move you toward a place where you are able to work through the issues of life without the assistance of a counselor.
Counseling can have many benefits, but it also presents certain risks. As you dig into the unpleasant areas of your life, difficult feelings of sadness, guilt, shame, anger, loneliness, and/or helplessness (among others) may surface. It is important to understand that this is all part of the healing process as you learn to cope with these feelings in a constructive way. This in turn will allow you to have more satisfying relationships, more effectively manage stress, and find more appropriate solutions to the problems you face. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee with regard to your specific counseling goals; however, our pastoral counselors are fully committed to working with you to the best of their abilities through this process.
All discussions between you and your pastoral counselor are completely confidential. No information will be released without your written consent unless mandated by law. This includes all session notes, any records of your identity, treatment or treatment plan, as well as any information communicated by phone, fax, or email.
Note: Confidentiality will not be observed with respect to the following conditions:
You direct me by means of a signed and dated written consent form to disclose information to a person or organization of your choice, (please note: if you enter therapy as a married couple, both signatures will be required in order to release confidential information),
I determine you are a danger to yourself or others, in which case I am required to inform a medical or a law enforcement agency,
I become aware of abusive or neglectful behavior toward a minor,
I become aware of abusive, neglectful, or exploitive behavior toward the elderly or disabled persons,
I am ordered by a court to disclose information,
I find it helpful to seek counsel from another mental health professional in order to help you more effectively seek recovery and emotional healthiness. In which case your identity will remain confidential, while aspects of your situation will be discussed.
Appointments are made directly with your pastoral counselor regarding availability within each of your schedules. Should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact your counselor directly with at least 24 hours notice. All appointments are approximately 50 minutes in length, and individuals typically have one session a week.
As a Fellowship attendee there is no charge for the first three appointments. If your counseling should require additional appointments, please contact John Arellano at 972-852-4170.