Southeastern is committed to providing a balanced Christian approach to counseling. It is our goal to provide counseling and guidance that meets your specific challenges and at the same time honors Christ. It is also our belief that the Bible speaks to all of life and its problems, so the goal of our counseling is to help you resolve the problems in your life in a way that will please God, help you to fully appreciate His gracious love for you, and to trust and follow His plans for your life. Counselors will typically pray for you and bring relevant passages from Scripture to bear upon the problems for which you have sought counseling.
Our team consists of counselors who have completed, or are pursuing their masters or doctoral degrees in counseling at Southeastern Seminary but are not licensed by the state of North Carolina as counselors or psychologists. The counseling that we provide is a Christian ministry based on the good news of Christ rather than a secular professional activity.
Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Located inside of the Ledford Center
Counseling Services COVID-19 Policies
The health and safety of the staff and students is our utmost priority. We are working to remain within the government mandates as well as the recommended guidelines provided to us by SEBTS. We strongly believe that counseling in person serves the clients best, but we have to allow wisdom to balance our approach going forward. The following are the current policies in place for the Counseling Services office:
- Online counseling sessions will remain available as needed. However, we are still not able to provide counseling for distance learning students at this time.
- If a client or counselor is considered high risk, they may opt for online sessions.
- If either the client or counselor has been in close, extended (at least 15 mins) contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, he or she will not be permitted to meet in the office for 2 weeks.
- No one exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted in the counseling office. If the client or counselor has been symptom free for 72 hours, they may return to the office. Online sessions may be offered in the meantime as long as both parties are able. The CDC list of symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Both the client and the counselor must wear masks during the duration of their session, and they should remain 6 feet apart as best as they can.
- The number of sessions in the office at one time will be limited to allow for cleaning and to minimize the number of people waiting in the office.
- There should only be one person (or couple for marriage sessions) in the counseling office waiting area at a time. If a client arrives more than 5 minutes prior to their appointment, we encourage them to wait in the hallway or Ledford common space in order to minimize the number of people waiting in a small space.
The counseling rooms will be cleaned after every session.
As conditions improve and restrictions are eased, our policies will likely be adapted. Our goal is to provide the best care that we can while maintaining the health and safety of the clients and counselors in our office. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Student Life Counseling Services
We offer individual counseling in which one of our counselors will meet one-on-one with you in 50-60 minute sessions. The schedule is mutually agreed upon between you and the counselor. We also offer marriage counseling on a case by case basis.
To schedule an appointment for individual or marriage counseling services, please fill out the form linked HERE
We hope to be able to offer group counseling as well. We will provide more information once those groups are in place.
Q: What type of counseling do you provide?
Our counselors provide biblically based, clinically informed counseling addressing most emotional and relational challenges. Some of those emotional and relational challenges would include: depression, anxiety, anger, family conflicts, trauma/abuse, pornography/sexual addiction, relationship struggles, marital and family counseling, grief/loss, identity issues, and disordered eating.
Southeastern does not have the resources to provide counseling for substance abuse cases requiring detox or mental health diagnoses. Our counselors are happy to provide recommendations for local resources and qualified professionals to address any concerns that are beyond the resources we have available.
Q: What can I expect from counseling?
You can expect...
- Biblical counseling. Come with a humble heart to each session as you seek to learn how God’s Word speaks to your situation. Our counselors are committed to walking through this process with you and desire your commitment as well.
- Regularly scheduled sessions. You can expect around 50-55 minutes for each session, unless otherwise discussed. If an emergency arises and you cannot attend a session, you can contact your counselor to reschedule.
- Be as open and honest as you can. The guidance given in counseling is dependent on the information you share; therefore, honesty and transparency is essential to this process.
- Be patient. Your problems did not develop in a day, and therefore they take time to be resolved. Additionally, it may take your counselor several sessions to obtain a good understanding of your situation. It is vital to carefully listen and gather needed information and to build understanding and trust with you.
- Commitment to work outside of counseling sessions. One session a week or every other week will not suffice on it’s own. Part of our counselor’s goal will be to equip you to handle the struggles of life through skills discussed, the support of the church, and the care of others. However, that requires effort on your part outside of the counseling room. Prayer and reflection about matters discussed, as well as putting into practices the tools and resources provided by your counselor.
Q: What is the cost?
Southeastern provides counseling as a service to its students and their families. We do not charge for the counseling services offered but we provide counseling as part of our desire to equip our students and their families for ministry.
Q:Who is eligible for your services?
Counseling is available for currently enrolled Southeastern students and families. However, we will evaluate on a case by case basis whether or not we are able to provide counseling services for minors under 18 years old. If we are unable to provide counseling for a child or teen, we are happy to provide referrals to other qualified counselors in the area as well as helpful resources for parents.
Q: How do I make an appointment to begin counseling?
The first step to begin counseling is to complete the online information form HERE. Once your form has been submitted, you will be contacted by one of our counselors to schedule your first session. From that point forward, you will communicate with your counselor directly regarding your scheduled sessions and any adjustments you need to make.
Q: How long is the session, frequency, and what are your operating hours?
You can expect each session to be 50-55 minutes. Typically, counseling sessions take place weekly or biweekly. However, your counselor might make adjustments in the length or frequency of your sessions. Any changes will be discussed directly with you.
The counseling office is open 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. However, the schedule and availability of each counselor varies. Your counselor will work with you to try to find a time that will work with both of your schedules.
Q: Where is the counseling office located?
The counseling office is located on the first floor of the Ledford Center, Room 105.
Q: Do you provide counseling services for distance learning students?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide counseling services for distance learning students at this time. We would highly recommend reaching out to churches or pastors in your area. Many times they have counseling services available. They would likely be able to provide a list of counselors in the area that have worked with their church in the past.