The Agape Counseling Journey
Prior to entering a counseling relationship, we start with an introductory session by phone or video call to discuss what to expect during the counseling journey. To get acquainted, we will share who we are, our counseling philosophy and process, and counseling format. We will also gain a summary of your counseling needs and concerns. Upon agreeing to enter a counseling relationship, we will schedule dates for counseling offered in a 2-week intensive format Monday-Thursday via zoom.
Our counselors are currently working from home, and all counseling is done via Zoom. We can occasionally accommodate in-person counseling by exception. Ask your counselor or our Guest Relations Coordinator for more information.
Holistic Personal Discovery
We will go through a personal discovery process to identify your counseling needs and goals. We are attentive to the whole person—spiritual, psychological, relational, and physical. As issues are identified in each facet of life, a therapeutic plan is developed, and resources are matched in response.
Tailored Counseling with Life Skills
We will tailor the counseling and pastoral care experience to your needs and incorporate life skills learning. Life skills are biblically based, and psychologically valid principles rooted in God’s truth that will enhance your quality of life and leadership effectiveness and help you finish well. Life skills address issues such as thought discipline, effective communication, building healthy relationships, dealing with grief, listening to the Spirit, and much more.
Intensive 2-Week Counseling Format
We operate on an intensive 2-week format. You will receive counseling sessions on four consecutive days (Monday-Thursday). Readings, videos, reflections, and journaling are assigned to complement the sessions. You should plan for two intensive weeks with the option for an extension.
Short-Term and Goal Oriented
Research has shown that short-term, goal-oriented counseling is more effective than long-term, open-ended counseling. With the help of agape counselors, you will develop a plan with specific goals based on your personal story and assessment results. This tailored plan becomes the framework for determining progress in the transformational process.
Clinical assessment tools are used in the counseling relationship. Referrals can be made to professional specialists as needed and appropriate.
Facilitation of Services
We work diligently to facilitate services to assist you in experiencing a comfortable and efficacious visit such as assisting with resources, logistical needs, or referrals.
At the end of the counseling period, we will evaluate our progress together and determine if further work would be helpful or if it is time to close our counseling and develop a follow-up care plan.
Optional Extended Counseling
After the two-week intensive, your AgapeHope team of counselors is available for ongoing connections as appropriate and desired. These periodic connections are tailored to your need. This allows you to stay connected with the AgapeHope team who will encourage growth in particular areas after intensive counseling is complete.