At Rhema Counseling Associates, we are committed to answering all your Biblical Counseling questions. We invite you to browse through our Biblical Counseling FAQs and to view a message from our Founder, Karen Lindwall-Bourg:
- What is a rhema?
- How did RHEMA Counseling Associates begin?
- How did you create your RHEMA Counseling Associates logo?
- What is RHEMA Counseling Associates’ mission and vision?
- What is Biblical Counseling?
- Who is a Biblical Counselor?
- Where are the RHEMA Counseling Associates locations?
- What are RHEMA Counseling Associates hours of operation?
- Whom does RHEMA Counseling Associates counsel?
- Can I download RHEMA Counseling Associates Client Intake Forms?
- What do you charge? What are your fees at RHEMA Counseling Associates?
- How do I pay for RHEMA Counseling Associates services?
- Do you take Insurance at RHEMA Counseling Associates?
- Do your Biblical Counselors council or coach by phone?
- How do I know if I need counseling?
- I’ve seen many counselors in the past and I still feel stuck. What makes RHEMA Counseling Associates different?
- What do you mean by “homework” for the client?
- How can I use your resources such as RHEMA Biblical Counseling Tools or Assessments and Applications?
- What sort of “training” do you offer in your Consultation & Supervision branch?
- Do you serve Pastors/Ministers and their families?
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions At Rhema Counseling Associates:
What is a rhema?
RHEMA (Greek: rhema) means “word” A rhema is an inspired, sort of “ah-ha” and serendipitous moment or understanding given to us as we read God’s word or receive wise counsel.
Every word of God is inspired, and in 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul tells us that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.
How did RHEMA Counseling Associates begin?
Years ago, when our blended family was struggling through a particular crisis, we sought counseling and we asked Pastors and Professionals we knew to recommend someone who would counsel us using the Word of God throughout the process. ONE person recommended ONE person and he was located almost 2 hours away and was booked solid. We found counselors on our own and were helped, but didn’t experience the lasting heart change we had hoped for. About 2 years later, we were painfully back in the midst of the same trial and had dug a pit even deeper than before. By that time, God had introduced me to a wonderful group of Biblical Counselors and not only was I on my way to becoming a Biblically-Focused Counselor myself; we sought wise counsel as a family and were changed and have rarely even looked back! We are so grateful to God for this help! And this is really how RHEMA Counseling Associates came about! For more information about Karen go to www.rhemacounseling.com/karen
How did you create your RHEMA Counseling Associates logo?
I (Karen, RHEMA Founder) took my three young children to grief support when their father, Tim, died after a 4 year battle with 3 cancers. Fred took his three teenagers to grief support when their mother, Cathy, died of a heart attack. Fred and I married 2 years later. When people see a picture of our family, they often comment, “Hey! Y’all are like the Brady Bunch!” And if you look at our RHEMA Counseling Associates logo, you’re actually seeing our family! We are standing on the foundation of and are surrounded by the Word of God. What better foundation for growing a family could there be?
What are RHEMA Counseling Associates’ mission and vision?
RHEMA Counseling Associates’ Mission through counseling, coaching and supervision is to glorify and honor the Lord as we lead each other and our counselees to the Sovereign God and the cross and Life of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the Sufficient Word [rhema] of God for abundant life and ministry to others.
Rhema Counseling Associates Vision: Our counsel is based on a commitment to ministering the Word of God in such a way that all of life is illuminated by His eternal truths. Our counsel rests on the Wisdom of God. We seek to embody the person of Jesus Christ by extending His compassion, love and patience to all who call on us for help. If Christ is not reflected in our words and attitudes then it is our conviction that we have failed in our role as Biblical Counselors.
What is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical Counseling involves discipleship and education and wise counsel. It is the personal ministry of the word through conversation and counseling. Every Christian is called to speak the truth in love to his neighbor and help them grow in grace. Believers should desire to apply the Bible to every area of life. The goal of Biblical Counseling is to present everyone mature in Christ by teaching with all wisdom.
Who is a Biblical Counselor?
Our Associates offer professional and lay-counseling, life and business coaching, and consulting & supervision with a focus on a Biblical perspective on life’s problems and toward solutions that please God and change hearts.
Where is RHEMA Counseling Associates located?
Our main office is in McKinney, Texas and we have offices in Melissa and the Richardson/North Dallas areas and are opening a branch in Yuma, Arizona later this year.
What are the RHEMA Counseling Associates hours of operation?
To accommodate our individual, couple, family and group counselees, we offer appointments with several different counselors all with varied specialties, during extended hours and with flexible plans and fees. We are closed on Sundays.
Whom do RHEMA Counselors counsel?
We love to work with individuals, couples, families and groups. We love to work together collaboratively with you and others who are helping you – your physicians, your pastors, and your school counselors and others. We provide you the opportunity to grow and change in ways that bring God glory and honor while resolving conflicts, reconciling grief, and strengthening your family and other relationships beyond what you can imagine because of Who God is and the hope He offers us.
Romans 5 tells us how to have HOPE and Peace with God through Faith
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Can I download RHEMA Counseling Associates Client Intake Forms?
Yes, all RHEMA Counseling Associates forms can be found at www.rhemacounseling.com/forms. You may receive a 20% discount on your first visit if these forms are completed and returned 48 hours before you initial appointment!
What do you charge? What are your fees?
To accommodate our individual, couple, family and group counselees, we offer appointments with several different counselors all with varied specialties; during extended hours and with flexible plans and fees ranging from $60-$150/hour. Some discounts will apply.
It doesn’t have to take a very long time to reach Biblical solutions to life’s problems! Clients who are willing do reading and guided homework assignments between sessions to enhance our work together feel ready to end counseling much quicker than others. We strive to equip them with tools they can use for years to come.
Many families put off reaching out for help until conflicts have escalated to a point that seems hopeless. We encourage you to come to us early so that the time and cost necessary to resolve family issues is shorter.
How do we pay?
You may pay your counselor at the start of your appointment and you may pay online at www.rhemacounseling.com/pay-online/. We use a basic PayPal account and process, but you do not have to have a PayPal account yourself to process your payment. At the completion of your payment, you and RHEMA will be emailed a receipt. Use this convenient method to pay or pre-pay for our counseling services!
FIRST visit – Complete all Client Intake Forms and return to your counselor 48 hours before your first appointment and receive a 20% discount!
FUTURE Visits – Prepay and bring your receipt to your counselor at your future appointments and receive a 10% discount.
Please enter the amount agreed upon with your counselor. Some discounts do not apply.
Cash Options / Cost & Benefits of NOT participating in private insurance:
No diagnosis needed:
Services are not contingent upon a diagnosis. Insurance companies require a diagnosis in order to receive financial reimbursement for counseling. They do not reimburse for all coaching and for some counseling services. Counseling/coaching can benefit anyone, with or without a diagnosable illness.
Your privacy is protected:
Insurance companies require information about their clients’ diagnosis, qualifying symptoms, and work in counseling. Bypassing insurance companies allows strict confidentiality. No information is shared with anyone unless requested in writing by the person served.
Service / time-frame are your decision:
The type of service you need and the time frame in which it is provided is a decision made between all partners in the therapy process, based on direct experience, rather than the insurance company deciding the amount and level of coverage.
Do you take Insurance?
RHEMA does not currently participate in managed care agreements with insurance companies. We will provide you with a RHEMA invoice for you to submit to your provider for reimbursement to you. The full payment is due at the time of service even if you are going to file with a third party.
RHEMA Counseling Associates Insurance Procedure
RHEMA Counseling Associates will provide an insurance-ready invoice to the client at each session. If you have a major medical policy that covers outpatient mental health and you wish to use this policy, please note the following: your counselor is not responsible for confidentiality procedures employed by other parties, e.g., insurance companies, managed care companies, etc. Due to the fact that other parties often create computerized records, your counselor is unable to guarantee the confidentiality of your records should you use your insurance company to subsidize the cost of therapy services. If your choice is to use insurance, you are responsible for completing and filing insurance claims using the RHEMA Counseling Associates invoice. If insurance is used, a Release of Information form will have to be signed authorizing your counselor to release necessary diagnostic, clinical and treatment information to your insurance company.
Confidentiality: If you choose to use insurance or managed care companies, your counselor will be required to assign a DSM-V Diagnosis to you; and your counselor may be required to release confidential information in order for you to receive reimbursement.
Do your Biblical Counselors council or coach by phone?
Most of our counselors prefer to counsel face-to-face. In most cases, we would rather give you a few referrals to offices and counselors in your area who offer the same Biblical approach to counseling that we do, than to counsel by phone. However, a few of our counselors (Karen and Jeff) do counsel by Skype and FreeConferenceCalling.com and through online Webinar venues and by phone.
Karen does a significant portion of RHEMA Building Inspired Businesses Coaching by phone through FreeConferenceCalling.com so that your session can be recorded and you can listen to it again at a later date.
How do I know if I need counseling?
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:5, 11; Psalm 43:5)
It’s very common to sometimes feel sad, lonely, and unhappy [especially during the emotion-riddled holidays]. And depression is a catch-all phrase in todays’ culture. But how do you know if you need professional help? How do you respond rightly to God in the midst of deep despair? Where do you find hope and joy again?
Download our Assessment: Do I Need Counseling?
I’ve seen many counselors in the past and I still feel stuck. What makes RHEMA Counseling Associates different?
- Biblical Counseling – our approach is based on God (logos) and God’s Word (rhema) believing that He is perfectly revealed in the person of Jesus Christ as we seek Him for solutions to life’s problems.
- WE ARE A COLLABORATIVE TEAM and work together to influence change; we work collaboratively outside the office as well with family, Pastors, Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, School Principals and Counselors, and Legal Teams and more.
- We have 6 counselors ranging from Bachelors level Lay Counselor, to Masters level Pastoral Counselors, to Masters level Licensed Counselor, to PhD level Pastoral Counselor, to PhD level Licensed Counselor:
- We have a Purity Resource Associate.
- We have a Nutrition and Personal Fitness Trainer who approaches things from the biblical view. And we are getting ready (with website revision) to try a joint venture with a Mindset/Health and Wellness Coach!
- Trauma & Grief Support: A collective 77+ years of working with traumatized and grieving families and individuals among our Associates
- Ministering to Ministers: A collective 75+ years of Pastoral Care experience
What do you mean by “homework” for the client?
The right homework can focus data-gathering and cut through long and drawn-out session, helping you to make progress outside of counseling sessions. Properly assigned homework can contribute to all phases of counseling, help you build a godly relationship with each other and your counselors, help you gather data which moves toward the heart, help you to see yourselves Biblically and to embrace God’s promises, and receive ways to apply God’s agenda for change to everyday life. “Homework is not a luxury. It is a vital part of productive biblical counseling.”
How can I use your resources such as RHEMA Biblical Counseling Tools or Assessments and Applications?
Whether you are a professional counselor, a mentor, a disciple, or a friend, you need tools that help you lead people to the Redeemer for refuge and strength! For more information about our tools go to www.rehmacounsleing.com/consultation-supervision.
We provide tools for counseling & guidance with a goal to honor the Lord as we lead each other and our counselees to the Redeemer and to wholeness. Through our monthly Tools, Professional Counselors, Coaches, Mentors & Lay disciples will:
- Discover brief and applicable TOOLS that lead to heart-changing attitudes and behaviors that draw individuals, couples and families together in harmony. *for example, we will help you implement a Courageous Conversation tool that blends two key elements of mercy and truth to resolve pressing issues and develop greater levels of trust in your relationships toward truly miraculous reconciliation
- Learn how to guide yourself, your counselees and others through life-changing activities
- Realize a multitude of Biblical Counseling resources for to further your growth and expertise in guiding others to health and wholeness
- Access the option of training/consultations with our RHEMA Founder and/or Associates
What sort of “training” do you offer in your Consultation & Supervision branch?
RHEMA Counseling Associates offers Biblical Counseling – our approach is based on God (logos) and God’s Word (rhema) believing that He is perfectly revealed in the person of Jesus Christ as we seek Him for solutions to life’s problems. WE ARE A COLLABORATIVE TEAM – and work together to influence change. Within the office, we offer supervision opportunities for Lay Ministers, Practicum Students and Licensed Interns using 1-way mirror and in-session observations along with excellent individual and group Supervision options. We work collaboratively outside the office as well with family, Pastors, Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, School Principals and Counselors, and Legal Teams.
Do you serve families who are grieving?
We have 6 counselors ranging from Bachelors level Lay Counselor, to Masters Level Pastoral Counselors, to Masters level Licensed Counselor, to PhD level Pastoral Counselor, to PhD level Licensed Counselor with a collective 77+ years of working with traumatized and grieving families and individuals. We respond to community trauma events, counsel individuals, couples, and families through any grief experiences, and offer Grief Support Groups for adults. For Grief Support Groups for children we recommend Journey of Hope in Plano www.johgriefsupport.org. To find a children’s group near you, visit www.childrengrieve.org .
Do you serve Pastors/Ministers and their families?
We have 6 counselors ranging from Bachelors level Lay Counselor, to Masters Level Pastoral Counselors, to Masters level Licensed Counselor, to PhD level Pastoral Counselor, to PhD level Licensed Counselor with a collective 65+ years of Pastoral Care experience. We understand the special needs and confidentiality requirements of Pastors and Ministers and their families and want to provide a safe environment and soundly Biblical approach to life’s problems for these faithful servants.