Biblical counseling

The Riverbend Biblical Counseling Ministry (RBCM) seeks to provide counseling to help individuals successfully meet the challenges of life and relationships.  RBCM seeks to support members of the community, and the church, with counsel that will foster emotional healing in the midst of painful situations.  It is our goal to help others see their difficulties from a spiritual perspective.  As complicated as life can be, we believe that the Bible has answers for life’s problems and questions.  We offer hope as we prioritize wisdom and practical counsel from a biblical perspective.   After reviewing this information, please contact our office if you have any further questions.  If you would like to begin the counseling process, please call the church office to schedule an appointment at 803-356-8596.  We look forward to coming alongside and supporting you with genuine compassion and care.

Frequently asked questions

What types of problems do you address in counseling?

Counseling is available for any struggles you may be facing – marriage, parenting, conflict, grief, addiction, depression, anxiety, anger, etc.  We believe the Bible provides guidance and instruction not only for faith, but also for the practical issues of life and relationships (2 Peter 1:3, Romans 15:4).  Our counseling is based on biblical principles rather than those of secular psychology or psychiatry.  This ministry does not provide professional psycho-therapy.

 

Who are the counselors?

The counselors at RBCM consist of trained pastors and lay people certified, or in the process of being certified, by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) (see http://www.biblicalcounseling.com for more information). 

 

What’s the cost?

The counseling sessions are provided at no cost to members of the community and to attenders/members of Riverbend as it is a ministry of Riverbend Community Church.  If you have benefited from counseling and wish to contribute to the ongoing needs of the counseling ministry, donations can be made at www.riverbendchurch.org under the “GIVE” tab. 

 

When is counseling available?

Counseling is scheduled through the church of­fice by appointment only. Days and hours vary depending on the counselor’s schedule. However, our aim is to begin your counseling as soon as possible.

 

How long will the counseling last?

Counseling sessions typically last about one hour, although the first session is often longer.  Sometimes, depending on the problem, it may only be necessary to meet for one or two sessions. Other times, counseling may extend for a number of weeks, but generally not more than a few months on one particular issue.

 

Is counseling confidential?

Counseling sessions and information on the intake form is kept in very strict confidence.  The counselor reserves the right to discuss the details of your sessions, while keeping your identity anonymous, with supervisors for the purpose of accreditation and improvements in care.  However, confidentiality is not offered in the following circumstances:

  • Suicidal planning or signs of suicidal intent
  • Child or elder abuse or violent intent toward others
  • In the case of a court subpoena

What will be expected of me in counseling?

You will be expected to show a desire to grow and change and to be honest with your counselor. You may be required to complete homework assignments between sessions to implement and foster progress. There may also be a minimal expense involved in the purchase of books or other resources that your counselor may recommend.

 

How do I begin?

Before we schedule your counseling session, we require two preliminary steps:

1.   Call the church office (803.356.8596) to schedule your first counseling session.

2.   Click here to access the Personal Data Inventory.  Please print it out, complete it, and return Carina (carinapromm@gmail.com) prior to your first scheduled session or bring it with you.

3.  Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.