LIFE SUPPORT COUNSELING

Lifesupportcounseling

Before completing a request form for support through Triad’s Life Support Counseling Ministry, please read the following information…

What issues we’re best able to help with…

The ministry is a small counseling and coaching/mentoring ministry that provides short-term, Bible-based support for people who are struggling with typical life challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, grief/loss, communication, relationships, self-worth, stress-management, etc.). The ministry is not designed to provide mental health diagnoses, long-term mental health treatment, or court-related assessment services. It also is not staffed or designed to handle emergency support needs.

Who serves in the ministry…

Dr. Shannon Warden is a licensed professional counselor. She has a PhD and master’s degree in mental health counseling. As a “generalist,” she works with a variety of issues and helps individuals (elementary aged and up), couples, and families. She works part-time for Triad and provides 5 hours of counseling at the church most weeks.

Jeff and Kelly Larrimore are not licensed or professionally trained counselors but volunteer with the counseling ministry as “lay counselors” and often meet with one or two couples per week in a marriage coaching/mentoring capacity. They have extensive training through the American Association of Christian Counselors and are certified to administer the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) and the SYMBIS+ (for couples who have been married any length of time), which are simple but helpful assessment tools that help couples who are considering marriage and couples who are already married but want to improve their relationship.

When we are available…

Shannon typically counsels two afternoons a week (usually Mondays and Tuesdays, sometimes Wednesdays), with her latest appointment being 5:00. She does not provide nighttime or weekend appointments. Jeff and Kelly typically do one or sometimes two sessions each week, and those often are scheduled in the early evening but not on weekends. If you need nighttime or weekend appointments, you should consult with your medical doctor or insurance company for recommendations. Shannon can also provide you with a referral list that, while not an exhaustive list, may help you in your search for a counselor.

We often have a waiting list…

Shannon tends to stay booked at least 3 to 4 weeks out. If you have a life-threatening or other emergency need, please either consult with your medical doctor, call 911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If your need is not necessarily an emergency, you may still either want to consult with your medical doctor or insurance company for referral ideas so that you can move ahead with receiving counseling or support.

Jeff and Kelly tend to have a waiting list as well. If your marriage is in a critical state, you should consider going ahead with professional services outside the church for fastest assistance and assistance that may be better suited for marriages that are in crisis.

Ours is a short-term support ministry…

Whether counseling with Shannon or receiving marriage coaching/mentoring from Jeff and Kelly, Triad’s Life Support Counseling Ministry runs on a short-term basis. The first meeting is an “assessment” meeting to better determine if and how the ministry may be able to assist. If the ministry is a good match to the person’s unique needs, then up to 5 additional meetings may be possible for a total of 6 meetings overall. At any time while working together a person (the “client”) and/or a Life Support Ministry team member can choose to terminate the counseling or coaching/mentoring relationship. Shannon can provide referral ideas if additional assistance is needed outside the ministry’s capabilities.

We help church members and non-members at no cost…

Services received through the Life Support Counseling Ministry are covered through the tithes and offerings given through Triad Baptist Church. This means that you cannot pay for the services received or purchase additional sessions. If, however, you are able and desire to do so, you may privately make a donation to Triad Baptist Church on behalf of the counseling ministry. Your gift will be anonymously credited to the ministry.

How to submit a request for counseling/support…

You can complete our online request form that, once completed, will come to Shannon, who will review your information and make contact within a few days. She typically will either, 1) attempt to schedule based on the availability you’ve listed in your request form; 2) provide you with a referral list if hers and/or Jeff and Kelly’s waiting list is longer than usual; or 3) provide you with that same referral list if she believes your unique needs are outside the scope of the Life Support Counseling Ministry.

You can also request support by calling 336-996-7573 (ext. 6) and leaving a confidential voice mail with your name, phone number, and brief description of your need for assistance. This is a good option for people who do not have internet access.

Again, it may take Shannon as much as a few days to respond to your request whether by internet or voicemail. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Other excellent sources of support at Triad Baptist Church…

The Life Support Counseling Ministry is one of many wonderful sources of help and healing at Triad. We encourage you to visit Triad or check out our website to get more information about the many resources available through the church. And, if not at Triad, we hope you will consider getting involved with another church of your choice where you can grow in your relationship with God and experience the help and healing that only He can provide.

Thanks for your interest in the Life Support Counseling Ministry of Triad Baptist Church!

Like more information about Life Support Counseling Ministry? Contact us
336.996.7573 X 6 or Email counseling@tbcnow.org

Please fill out our request for counseling form if you are interested in counseling.

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