Our Counseling Ministries work to help connect our church family and community with mental health resources. This includes referrals to mental health professionals on our approved referral list as well as on-site counseling with graduate interns. We also work with the pastors to bring emotional wellness and family support programming to the congregation through Care Night and other venues.
Sometimes you need a pastor, sometimes you need a counselor. Sometimes you need both. Our ministry recognizes the challenges we face are sometimes best addressed through professional counseling, but we highly value the growth that can come from working with pastors to address the spiritual dimensions of our struggles. We are committed to helping you identify the right tools so you can begin to heal and grow into the person God created you to be.
As you begin to consider how we might be able to connect you with counseling resources, it is important to note this service is not intended for immediate crisis needs. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
After you complete the referral form, our staff will identify counselors in the community who we think might be a good fit based on your needs, location, and financial constraints. In most cases you will receive your referrals within 48 business hours. Requests usually take longer to process when staffing is more limited during holidays and church events (e.g., Christmas, Holy Week, etc).
Our referrals are accessible to our church family and the community. You do not need to be a member or a visitor to request a counseling referral.
We expect our clinicians to be able to accommodate new clients within a two week period, but it will sometimes take more time based on a variety of factors. NOTE: This service is not intended for immediate crisis needs. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Unfortunately, we are unable to make referrals based on insurance providers. Some providers on our referral list accept insurance and many are able to accept out-of-network benefits.
We do take this into consideration when making referrals. Many of our providers consider a client’s ability to pay when setting rates.
The providers on our list go through a thorough application process. Counselors complete a written application and an in-person interview to ensure they are excellent and trustworthy practitioners.
Graduate counseling interns offer counseling at the Leawood campus and the Downtown campus. These are students from area universities in the process of completing their Master’s degrees in counseling or marriage and family therapy. Their availability is limited and there is often a waiting list for their services, but they are an excellent option for individuals, couples and families concerned with cost.
If you have identified a spiritual component to your challenges, we strongly encourage that you seek pastoral guidance.
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