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North Wake Member Hope Counseling FAQs

06.30.15 | by Craig Morrisette

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What do we do at the Hope Counseling Center?

    We offer Christian Counseling to individuals desirous for change. Our counseling addresses people facing most emotional and relational challenges from a Christian perspective. However, we do not counsel all of the possible emotional and relational challenges people might face. The emotional challenges we typically address would include: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, Insecurity, Anger or other emotional struggles, which lack psychotic features. The relational challenges we typically address would include: Pre-marital, Marital, Parenting and Conflict Resolution. We do not counsel substance abuse cases requiring detox or counsel minors younger than sixteen.

    I’m a North Wake Member in need of Counseling. Can I contact the HOPE Counseling Center?

    We do not want you to silently suffer. We desire to connect you with the help you need. Our Elders and Pastors take their responsibility to shepherd and care for you very seriously. In fact, they feel strongly that passages like 1 Peter 5 charges them with this responsibility and privilege. Because of that strong conviction the Elders and Pastors are available to you for counseling. It is their desire that any North Wake member first approach their Small Group Leader, Church Pastor or Elder for help before pursuing counseling through the HOPE Counseling Center. If you are uncertain how to initiate that conversation with any Pastor, Elder or Small Group Leader the HOPE Counseling Center will be happy to facilitate that connection for you. Once you have met with a Pastor or Elder and both of you feel it would be helpful for you to meet with a HOPE Counselor, it is at that time that we are happy to counsel a church member.

    How Do I Become a HOPE Counselor?

    We are always accepting new counselors who desire to walk alongside those who are hurting. Due to the nature of this ministry, this opportunity is only available to North Wake Members. If you are a North Wake Member there are seven steps to be able to counsel through the HOPE ministry.

    1. Let us know you are interested. Simply email:
    2. Attend our annual HOPE counseling training. For 2015, this training is provided through our LifeChange class “Counseling as Mission.” This class is for 16 weeks and covers most counseling topics a counselor will encounter. Each class will require some outside reading and some minimal homework. SEBTS Counseling Students may meet this requirement depending on what and how many counseling classes have been taken.
    3. Attend three practicums that provide the opportunity to observe and practice some counseling. We will host and instruct the practicums.
    4. Complete an Application and an interview with the HOPE Counseling Ministry Director.
    5. Become approved by the Elders to counsel through HOPE.
    6. Begin only observing actual counseling cases.
    7. Be assigned your first counseling case with an observer.

    Do you Prescribe Medication?

    No. We are a Church based counseling center. So, we don’t process insurance, make advisement on or prescribe medication. However, we regularly work with individuals who are seeking other professionals when medication is desired along with counseling. 

    Are you Licensed Counselors?

    No. We are not Licensed Counselors, Psychiatrists or Psychologists. We are a Church based counseling center. While we respect experts and specialists in the counseling field we think that the Church has a unique role in bringing the Hope of the Gospel, the wisdom of the Scriptures and the care of the local church to bare peoples problems and suffering. While we are not licensed, some of our counselors are formally trained with either a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling or are pursuing such a degree from an accredited Seminary. We do refer individuals to local licensed professionals if needed.

    What is your Approach to Counseling?

    We are committed to providing a balanced and Biblical approach to counseling. By “biblical counseling” we mean that your counselor is a Christian with special training and experience in applying the truths of the Bible to life. We believe that the Bible speaks to all of life and to all of its problems, but sometimes it takes careful thought and prayerful wisdom to know how to make those connections.  We believe that the Bible ultimately points us to a person and a relationship – Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ. This does not mean that you must be a Christian to profit from our counseling, although we believe that deep and lasting change is brought about only by God himself.  Our approach in counseling would be considered cognitive behavioral therapy with a strong emphasis on the influence of living in healthy, encouraging community. Our counsel is based upon the Scriptures and other Christian teaching.  

    Who Qualifies for your Services?

    One must be an individual desirous for change older than sixteen years of age and not in need of detox for substance abuse. The design of the ministry is to primarily be a resource for those individuals who are not meaningfully connected to a local church. However, we do consider each situation carefully and have counseled individuals who are meaningfully connected to another local church. Individuals with no available counseling resources do receive priority.

    How Do I Contact the HOPE Counseling Center?

    • North Wake Church: 919.556.1546 x 509