Counseling at ACCFS
ACCFS provides counseling services both in-office and through telehealth (i.e., remotely) from our offices in Morton, IL, and Linwood, MI. Counseling services are provided to the members and friends of the Apostolic Christian Church of America and to others, as resources allow. These services are based on a spiritual and professional model of care.
What kind of counseling services does ACCFS provide?
ACCFS Counseling Services provides:
- Individual, marriage, and family counseling for children, teens, adults, and seniors.
- Free, 30-minute, ‘triage calls’ in which ACCFS counselors provide information, resources, and referrals to callers to help them determine the next steps to address the issue at hand.
- Assessment and referrals based on needs.
***Note: ACCFS does not provide crisis intervention services. If you have a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate attention, call 911 or go to your local emergency room.
For many people, deciding to go to counseling is a big step. People come to counseling for many reasons. Sometimes it’s due to a current stressful situation that has come up in their lives while, other times, problems have been chronic and long-standing. Some people come to counseling out of desperation or a “last ditch” effort, while others work with a counselor to prevent problems or to enrich an already good relationship. See the Top Five Reasons Why People Don’t Seek Counseling.
What types of issues do the ACCFS counselors help people with?
Below is a sampling of the issues ACCFS counselors work with:
- Depression (all types)
- Anxiety and Worry
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Scrupulosity
- Abuse and Trauma
- Coping with Serious or Chronic Medical Conditions
- Sexual Addiction
- Substance Abuse and Addiction
Marriage and Family Issues
- Premarital Counseling
- Marriage Enrichment
- Marital Conflict and Distress
- Family Conflicts
- Blended-Family Issues
- Attachment and Bonding
- Grief and Loss
- Stress and Burnout
- Self-Worth Issues
- Life Transitions
- Social Skills Training
- Anger Problems
Who are the ACCFS counselors and what kind of counseling do they do?
You can view counselors’ biographies and specialties here. Each of the ACCFS counselors has at least a Master’s degree in a mental health-related field and all continue to refine and develop their skills. They all strive to provide the highest quality of clinical care while being respectful of and supportive to each client’s spiritual beliefs. Put another way, our goal is clinical excellence with biblical integrity.
What is the ACCFS Counseling Philosphy?
The following principles describe how our staff approaches counseling:
- Our goal is to alleviate suffering and to promote Christian maturity so people can grow in their likeness to Christ, experience a deeper relationship with God, and enter into a more effective life of service to others.
- We believe in the authority of God’s word and recognize the importance of emphasizing grace while not minimizing sin.
- Our services will support local church leadership and local church membership.
- We believe in the diversity of gifts within the Body of Christ and will use spiritual and clinical counsel to offer healing and hope to hurting individuals.
- In order to promote Godly, healthy living and to minimize needless suffering, our services will emphasize prevention, early intervention, education, and enrichment.
- We recognize people are complex spiritual, biological, psychological, and social beings and will seek to promote their well-being in these areas using the gifts of counseling and teaching.
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The ACCFS Counseling Philosophy is in keeping with the guidance of church leadership and our board. Church leadership has supported the belief that, based on scripture and extensive experience, we are complex beings with three overlapping and integrated parts to our being: physical, spiritual and mental. These cannot be separated, but each part can be affected by separate factors including biological, spiritual, psychological, or social influences. Each needs to be assessed, and any dysfunction needs to be treated or addressed based on the cause or causes of the dysfunction. This may include repentance, prayer, spiritual counseling and teaching, medication, other health interventions, and/or psycho-social counseling.
What if I have some questions, but don't need counseling or I'm not sure if I do?
If you have a question about a mental health or relationship issue and would like to talk it over with one of the ACCFS counselors, contact us to set up a free, 30-minute ‘triage call’ with a counselor. During this call, you can ask your questions and the counselor will help you determine the next steps to help you address the issue at hand. A sampling of typical questions ACCFS counselors receive during triage calls include:
- I have problems with anger. Do you have workbook you recommend on overcoming anger?
- A family member recently died and it was a total shock. How do I deal with this tragic loss?
- I have been widowed for some time now and I get so lonely. What is the difference between normal grief and clinical depression?
- I have been hurt deeply by some people who were very close to me. How can I forgive the hurt and move on?
- A person close to me seems to be anxious about small things or events that are unlikely to occur. What can be done to help this person?
- How can I tell if my daughter is just going through a ‘phase’ or if she is developing a more serious problem?
- Could you point me to some good resources for providing godly, healthy sex education for my children?
- I’ve always struggled with self-confidence, but lately I feel worthless and useless. How can I get over this feeling?
- I have experienced a lot of transition in the last few years and feel unsettled. How can I work through this transition?
I would like to start counseling with an ACCFS clinical counselor. How do I get that set up?
Contact us and one of the ACCFS receptionists will be glad to help you. You will be asked for some basic contact information and a few questions concerning your needs so we can get you set up with the right counselor. Generally, you will be scheduled for a free ‘triage call’ where an ACCFS counselor will talk to you by phone, learn more about your situation, and seek to match your needs with the best person to meet those needs.
What are ACCFS' fees for clinical counseling?
The fee schedule is established to help cover the costs to operate this service. Clients are expected to pay the rate that they agree upon at the time of receiving services. The client also has a responsibility to let their counselor know about any problems they are having with payment of fees.
What are your fees for clinical counseling?
The full rate for a Masters-level counselor is $130 per 45-minute session. The full rate for a Doctoral-level counselor is $145 per 45-minute session. However, as a non-profit ministry, no one will be denied services because of their inability to pay. To help make these services available for more people, we offer a sliding fee rate schedule, based on family income.
What is your sliding fee rate schedule?
Our Sliding Fee Rate Schedule allows individuals and families with lower incomes to pay a lower fee. We can provide a sliding scale because of the donations we receive from congregations in the Apostolic Christian Church of America and individuals who donate to support our work. For complete information about our Sliding Fee Rate Schedule, other fees associated with counseling, and our approach to insurance, please view our full document.
What is counseling through telehealth (i.e., remote counseling)?
Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare services through some type of technology such as phone, video conferencing, website, smartphone apps, remote monitoring, etc. Counseling through telehealth allows ACCFS counselors to provide services to clients who cannot physically travel to an ACCFS office. A typical session when doing counseling through telehealth is much the same as what occurs when a client is physically present in a counselor’s office.
Research shows that telehealth is usually as effective as in-person treatment, however, there are situations for which it is not recommended. ACCFS counselors assess each situation on a case-by-case basis. To participate in counseling through telehealth, clients must be in a quiet, private location where they will not be interrupted during their sessions.
ACCFS counselors currently offer two methods of doing counseling through telehealth:
- Video Conferencing: This is our preferred format for providing counseling through telehealth. The client needs a broadband Internet connection and a webcam for this option. Before the first session, the client will receive instructions on using a secured website to start the video session with the counselor. Video counseling allows the counselor and client to both hear each other and see the other’s non-verbal communication such as facial expressions and posture.
- Telephone: Telephone sessions occur when the counselor calls the phone number supplied by the client. While visual and non-verbal communication are not available to either the client or the counselor, there are some situations in which counseling through telephone is an effective option.
Do you do counseling with people who don't attend an Apostolic Christian Church?
Yes. As time and resources allow, we are happy to serve anyone we can. In the event we do not have an ACCFS counselor available to help you with your situation, we will gladly provide you with a referral to another qualified mental health professional.
What if I need a referral to another counselor?
ACCFS provides referrals to qualified mental health professionals and treatment centers. We provide referrals for a variety of reasons including:
- When ACCFS counselors have full caseloads and cannot take more clients. We do not recommend that you delay getting services. Rather, we will provide you with referral options to get the care you need.
- When an individual’s issues require a counseling specialty that ACCFS counselors do not have.
- When an individual needs a higher level of care than ACCFS provides. For example, sometimes individuals need hospitalization, residential treatment, or a specialty clinic.
- Finally, some individuals call ACCFS specifically seeking a referral to a mental health professional or treatment center based on their specific needs. See Finding Counseling in Your Area.
We encourage you to read the helpful article What to Expect From Counseling to help you know what to look for in a good mental health practitioner.
Where can I find copies of ACCFS' counseling policies?