Wisdom. Care. Hope.
Nothing is more obvious than the fact that life can be hard.
In those troubles, humans shouldn’t be Lone Rangers. Even the Lone Ranger wasn’t really alone—he had help.
We were carefully designed to thrive through strong and trusting relationships with God and others.
Are you considering counseling for the first time? You should know that’s a sign of strength and not weakness.
Good relationships make us stronger.
Counseling is a unique, relational process based in a trusting relationship with someone who possesses the wisdom to help you.
- A GOOD COUNSELOR provides insight into your motives, behaviors, and relationships.
- A GOOD COUNSELOR is a compassionate and wise friend with the courage to help you see your blind spots.
- A GOOD COUNSELOR will help you understand the desires and thoughts that may be shaping your life and causing your problems.
Does it seem unusual that someone would help another by using wisdom from the Bible? Biblical counseling provides the deepest insights into the core problems of the human soul. The Bible will show you who you are, who God is, and how we’re designed to relate to God and others.
Yes, the Bible is an old book, but you’ll be surprised at how it speaks to the problems of your life. Biblical counselor David Powlison PhD.* connects the Bible, counseling, and life:
“As we look more closely at life, it becomes clearer and clearer that Scripture is about counseling: …explanations of behavior and emotion, interpretation of external sufferings and influences, definitions of workable solutions…these are all matters to which God speaks directly.”
QUESTION: What is the most printed book of all time? ANSWER: The Bible, 5 billion copies. The second most printed book doesn’t even come close (it’s Don Quixote).
There’s a good reason so many people over hundreds of years have wanted a copy of the Bible. It provide the right answers to the deepest questions of mankind. It can help you with your problems and answer your questions about the past, the present, and the future.
We’re not saying the answers will be easy, but they will be right and helpful.
The Counseling Center at Bay City provides wisdom, care, and hope…
W I S D O M
Wisdom is good understanding of a situation and the ability to provide solutions. Without wisdom counseling will always fail.
C A R E
Care is simply the display of kindness and concern for others in times of need. People usually won’t listen to someone who doesn’t care.
H O P E
Hope is an expectation of good things to come. Our counselors will provide a sense of hope. They will help you see that better days are coming.
Counseling We Provide
- Marriage counseling
- Relationships counseling
- Premarital counseling
- Family counseling
- Parenting help
- Anxiety and depression
- Anger issues
- Crisis of faith
- Sexual issues
- Sexual abuse (as a child or adult)
Your First Three Sessions
The first three meetings usually follow the pattern below. (Note: If you want just one appointment, please let us know.)
Assessment & Solutions
Usually, beginning with the third session, your counseling will be customized to your specific difficulty.
The counseling process is flexible. Your counselor will plan each session beforehand, but that plan will be adapted as necessary during each session.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Our counseling is always free. From time to time, people choose to give a gift to the Center, but it is never requested or expected.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We’re at 1840 Bond Street, Green Bay, WI 54303. This is on the northwest side of Green Bay next to Helen Keller School, and near VanBoxtel RV Supermart.
Q: Where do I enter the building?
A: You’ll see a door in the middle of the building with the word “Offices” above it. (On school days you’ll need to press a doorbell inside the entryway and the receptionist will buzz you in.)
Q: How long does a typical session last?
A: We try to keep each session to 55 minutes, but some sessions may last longer.
Q: How long does the counseling process last?
A: Some people want one meeting for some quick advice and that’s OK with us. Depending on the severity of the problem, counseling usually lasts anywhere from two months to two years. Each person and situation is different; we’ll work at your pace. Your dedication to the hard work of personal change is almost always the key component in the speed of the changes you want to see. Please know that there’s nothing magical about “the counseling hour” or the counseling process. You should expect to do some hard work.
Q: How often will we meet?
A: Most of our counselors prefer to meet once every week or two weeks. This will depend on your schedule, and on how many persons the counselor is seeing at the time.
Q: Can I drop in for an appointment?
A: Our counseling is by appointment only due to the scheduling limitations of our counselors.
Q: What is counseling like?
A: Imagine it like talking with a good friend who wants to help you, but please know that parts of it may be hard. Some conversations may be uncomfortable, and there are no “easy-buttons” for the difficulties of life.
Q: What should I expect in marriage counseling?
A: Marriage counseling can be complicated, but marriage problems can always be fixed if each person is ready to work and to hold self accountable rather than their partner. Each marriage counseling situation is like a fingerprint in that each is just a little different, but problems in marriage are always about human desire. In other words, what is it you really want? This approach simplifies counseling and cuts through a lot of fluff. Working through the Three Desires Self-Assessment always brings the real problem to the surface.
Q: What if I’m taking medications to help my problem?
A: Medications are helpful in some situations, but there are honest concerns about them too. Sometimes meds don’t actually help. Sometimes the results are simply the “placebo effect.” Sometimes the side-effects aren’t worth it.
There are other concerns: do this Google search.
PLEASE NOTE: It is unwise to discontinue a medication without a doctor’s guidance.
These two books may be helpful:
- Unhinged, The Trouble with Psychiatry—A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis, Daniel Carlat, M.D.
- Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications, Peter Breggin, M.D.
Here’s one of our concerns. We’ll use anxiety and depression to illustrate:
If a drug “fixes” your problem then you may never address the thinking patterns that took you there in the first place. (We understand that anxiety and depression can be the result of medical problems, but they are also often the result of self-centered desires, thoughts, and actions.)
NOTE: If you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, you should consider getting a full medical check-up.
Q: Who will my counselor be?
A: After your initial consultation, the Director of Counseling will connect you with the counselor who is the best fit for you. At this time, our Director does about 65% of our counseling. We train our lay-counselors on-site to meet specific needs from a Christian perspective.
Q: You train your own counselors? That seems unusual. Is that really adequate?
A: Every Wednesday evening our counselors, and counselors-in-training, meet together for training and collaboration. It may seem odd that a church counseling center would train counselors, but please know that we take the care of people seriously, and therefore have been able to help many people over the years. Click here for stories and reviews from those we’ve counseled.
Please know that we’re careful not to over-reach into areas where someone else might be better prepared. Our counselors are not psychologists or psychiatrists. Please see this list or consult with your own medical group or doctor if you’re interested in seeking help elsewhere.