Biblical counseling involves understanding the problems faced in this world and very practical solutions from the perspective of Scripture. The Bible is used both to define the problems and to develop methods for solving them. Therefore, we apply a Biblical worldview to these problems. Our goal is to work with local churches and pastors to help people to apply God's word thru loving discipleship from trained counselors to promote the lasting heart change that transforms lives. We believe that real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ in a local Bible-teaching church. We provide Biblical counseling by qualified and certified counselors free of charge; however, donations are encouraged and appreciated.
The Bible clearly states that gossip is wrong. Therefore, the counselors at BCM will not release information about particular counselees except in the few situations required by the Bible or by the mandated reporting laws of our State. Those situtations are: (1) when someone is in danger of harming themselves or others; (2) when a child is physically or sexually abused, or (3) when someone persistently refuses to stop a sinful pattern and it is necessary to seek assistance from his or her Pastor. We consider all our counseling to be an extension of the ministry of the local church and a way of serving and promoting its ministry.
Counseling appointments are made by an intake person, who has a list of counselors, their available hours, a summary of their education, experience, and areas of interest or expertise. Particular counselors can be requested and will be assigned depending on their availbility.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Before the first counseling session each person must complete a
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The most important qualification of our counselors is that they have come to know Christ out of their own experiences of need. They bring the understanding and compassion learned in that relationship into their care for those who come to them for help. BCM counselors have also received formal training and certification in Biblical Counseling from certification organizations..
The Bible speaks to every area of our lives. Biblical counseling deals with the entire range of problems confronting people including: broken marriages, parent child relationships, fear, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, tension, anxiety, worry and any other problems that may result in mental and or physical difficulty. BCM is equipped to deal with any problem dealing with ourselves, our relationship to God or others. We believe real and lasting change occurs when people know themselves and their problems within a living and vital relationship with Jesus Christ.
Biblical counseling is committed to the position that Scripture provides the only authoritative guide for what we are to believe and how we are to live (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Biblical Counselor is trained in the use of Scripture and the principles of biblical counseling. Your counselor will use all of his or her skill in applying Biblical principles to enable you to glorify God in your life and to enable you to gain victory over the problems that are depriving you of the peace and joy that God has promised to you in His Word.
Lester is the Director of Hands In The Community, a non-profit serving Tulare and Kings counties. He has served as board member and counselor with organiztions providing Biblical Counseling and training.. His Biblical counseling training was through the International Association of Biblical Counseling, IABC.
Sherry attends Living Word Fellowship Church, Porterville, Ca. She is certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). She has 17 years counseling experience..
Mike has been counseling for 16 years and is certified through the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). He attends Living Word Fellowship Church, Porterville, Ca.
Dr. Dayton Kitterman is pastor of Faith Community Church in Visalia, Ca. Dayton serves as an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Fellow in Biblical counseling training and has been counseling for 25 years.
Claudia has been counseling for 15 + years and has her Biblical Counseling Certification thru the International Association of Biblical Counselors, IABC. She attends the Assembly of God, Visalia, Ca.
Karon attends Parkside Chapel in Visalia, Ca. and has her certification through the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). Karon has been counseling for 15 years.
Pastor Story retired from Parkside Chapel in Visalia after 33 years as Pastor. Ron has joined our team as board member and will assist in counseling needs.
Michelle lives in Visalia and attends Visalia Nazarene Church. Her interest in Biblical counseling led her to BCM and will serve alongside lead counselors as she currently training for certification with ACBC.
Renee lives in Visalia and attends Radiant Church. She is currently serving as an assistant counselor and is in the process of completing her certification in Biblical Counseling through ACBC. Upon completion Renee will join the BCM as a lead counselor.
Pastor Daton Kitterman
Pastor Ron Story
"Bringing Christ Back to Counseling and Counseling Back to the Church"
Our goal in providing Christian counseling is to help you meet the challenges of life in a way that will please and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and allow you to enjoy fully his love for you and His plans for your life.
We believe that the Bible provides guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, our counseling is based on scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology and psychiatry. Neither the pastoral, nor the lay counselors of this ministry are licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals.
In the process of Biblical counseling, there are often times when there is a need for significant advice concerning legal, medical, financial or other technical areas. In those occasions you will be encouraged to seek independent professional counsel. Our pastoral and lay counselors will be happy to cooperate with advisors and help you to consider their counsel in the light of relevant scriptural principles.
Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process and we will carefully guard the information you entrust to us. There are four situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share centain information with others: when a counselor is uncertain how to address a particular problem and needs to seek advice from another pastor or counselor; when a counselee is attending a bible based church and it is necessary to talk with his or her pastor or elders; when there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene (BCM is a State Mandated Reporter); or when a person persistently refused to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek assistance of others in the church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Matthew 18:15-22; 24:11). Please be assured that our counselors strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and they will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible.
On rare occasions a conflict may develop between a counselor and counselee. In order to make sure that such conflicts will be resolved in a biblically faithful manner, we require all of our counselees to agree that any dispute that arises with a counselor or with BCM as a result of counseling, will be settled by mediation and if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules or Procedure of the Institute for Christian Conciliation; judgment upon abitration award may be entered in any court having jurisidction. ( We will be happy to provide you with booklets that explain the Christian conciliation process and describe it's benefits and procedures.)
Having clarified the principles and policies of our counseling ministry, we welcome the opportunity to minister to you in the name of Christ and to be used by Him as He helps you to grow in spiritual maturity and prepares you for usefulness in His body. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please talk with the Administrator. If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please sign below.
For nearly 40 years, we've been training and certifying biblical counselors. Our process is made up of three phases: learning, exams and application, and supervision.
Come interact directly with our leaders and other Christian counselors. ... Study informally at your own pace or pursue dedicated certification.
Counseling/biblical-counselor-training and certification
Christian Counseling and Education Federation, ccef.org
CCEF-- For the entire church, we’ve created an in-depth counseling educational program that provides equipping and training for everyone in all ministry contexts.
Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Manual. Zondervan
Adams, Jay E., Competent To Counsel Zondervan
MacArthur, John F and Wayne A. Mack., Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Ganschow, Julie, The Process of Biblical Change. Pure Water Press
Tripp, Paul David. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands.
Powlison, David, Speaking Truth in Love.
Adams, Jay E., Critical Stages of Biblical Counseling
Tripp, David Paul and Lane, Timothy S., How People Change
Hoekstra, Bob, How To Counsel God's Way.
Broger, John C., Self-Confrontation, A Manual for in-Depth Discipleship
Adams, Jay E., Ready to Restore
Fitzpatrick, Elyse, Idols of the Heart, Learning to long for God alone
Powlison, David, Seeing With New Eyes
FOR SPECIFIC COUNSELING TOPICS CALL BCM OFFICE 559-471-3777
DVD Resources: Faith Biblical Counseling, On-line store, www.faithlafayette.org/counselingt