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COUNSELING SERVICES

The goal of coaching at Life Center is to help people make positive life changes in a spiritually healthy, safe, encouraging and challenging environment

The coaches have all had a minimum of 30 hours of training and continue to receive training on a routine basis. All coaches are volunteers and have passed a background check, have been interviewed by the director of member care, have been recommended by a Life Center pastor, and have passed a peer review process.

Coaching will include up to 8 sessions with a coach. The coach will help you identify the problem areas you would like to improve, will help you identify strengths to use to change those areas, will help you put a plan in place to make the changes and will support and encourage you as you implement and refine the plan.

Coaching is not mental health counseling. If a coach determines that the problems identified are better served in a different format, the coach will recommend other resources in our community who can be more helpful. Our goal is to help you make positive changes in the best way possible.

The Counseling Process is straightforward:

• Pick up and return a completed biblical counseling intake packet (this form plus the intake sheet). • You will be offered an appointment with a coach who will best fit your needs based on your responses on the intake form. • You will meet the coach on the Life Center campus on a mutually agreed schedule.
• You and your coach will put a plan in place to improve the areas of life that you have identified.
• You can anticipate having “homework” to do in between the coaching sessions.
• The coach and the director of member care will review the plan, typically at the beginning of the series of coaching sessions and at another time later as the plan is implemented
• You are not required to see a particular coach; if you believe the coach is not helpful you are welcome to make an appointment with the director of member care and meet with a different coach.
• The coaching process includes prayer at each session.

Confidentiality:

Coaching is different from pastoral counseling or mental health therapy. While the coach will never specifically discuss you or your circumstances with anyone other than the director of member care, there is no legal requirement of confidentiality. Coaches will immediately report to the director of member care or another appropriate person if they believe a person is a danger to themselves or others. Some coaches, by virtue of his or her profession, may be a mandatory reporter as designated by the State of Washington. If this is the case, they must report suspected child or vulnerable adult abuse or other issues as required by their license or profession.

Fees:

There are no fees associated with coaching at Life Center. We do ask you consider a donation to the Care Ministry.

Records:

Coaches keep no records other than appointment dates and times, intake sheet and this form. During the sessions you may be given homework to do in between sessions and coaches typically will make notes to remind themselves of the homework that was assigned. You are entitled to those notes at the end of the counseling series, otherwise they will be destroyed.

Addictions:

Helping people with addictions requires specialization beyond the skills and experience of a coach. It is also clear from research that addictions are best treated and managed in group settings rather than in individual session. If an addiction issue is identified the coach will refer you to an appropriate resource that will be better able to help you meet that concern.

Legal Advice:

Coaches will not give legal advice but will refer you to an appropriate source for legal advice if you should have that need.