What is Peer Counseling?
Peer counseling is first and foremost a relationship between you and the counselor. It is short-term, solution-focused care in a safe and confidential environment, designed to help you move forward on your personal or family journey. Peer counseling is part of our Care Ministries.
Who is eligible?
We all have times when we could benefit by someone coming along side us on our journey. Peer Counselors are trained to counsel those who are struggling in their marriage or personal lives.
How do I receive counseling?
We have created an online request form which asks some basic questions about how we can best assist you. Once you have completed and submitted the request form, you will be contacted by a member of our Peer Counseling Team who will arrange your first appointment with a counselor. You will be connected with a Peer Counselor that specializes in the situation you are dealing with.
What is the first step?
Complete our Peer Counseling Request form. This will help us to understand your need and how best we can serve you. Your information will be kept confidential. Once your request has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours (excluding holidays/weekends) along with information about how we will contact you to schedule you with a counselor.
Who are the Peer Counselors?
Peer Counselors are men and women who have a passion and calling to share their life experiences with others. While they are not professional mental health workers, they do receive ongoing training in effective ways to counsel and minister.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel and/or reschedule your appointment, please call our office at 520.298.5395 during office hours, Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm and talk with a member of our team. We ask that you call at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
What happens if there is an emergency?
As always, if this is a medical or life-threatening emergency, call 911. However, if you have a situation that cannot be addressed during normal office hours, you may all 520.298.5395 and leave a message on our confidential, password protected phone line. You will be contacted as soon as possible by a pastor or elder on call that evening.
Who will know I am seeing a peer counselor?
Only your Peer Counselor, his or her supervisor and the Coordinator. Confidentiality is extremely important to us.
What is the first session with Peer Counselor like?
First, you will sign an “Informed Consent” which simply gives us permission to talk with you. Next, you and your counselor will identify and discuss your goals and then develop a strategy to accomplish those goals. The key is to come prepared to talk about your concerns.
Is there a cost involved?
No. This is a ministry available to anyone in need.
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What kinds of issues do Peer Counselors deal with?
- Marital issues
- Family Issues
- Emotionally Stuck
- Spiritually Stuck
- Anxiety or Depression
- Career Issues
- Relationship Issues