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 encourages you as you grow in 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. Because some of our interns are also supervised by an external Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S), they will abide by the AAMFT standards for ethics and counseling. However, the counseling that we provide is a Christian ministry based on the good news of Christ rather than a secular professional activity.
Because our office desires to provide the best care possible to our students, we have developed a protocol that allows us to assess whether the needs of the student fit well with the level of care that our office can provide. Your first step is to complete our online intake paperwork here. Once you submit that, our Counseling Coordinator will reach out and schedule an initial assessment with you. This abbreviated appointment will allow us to create an individualized care plan that could include short-term individual counseling, external referrals, connecting with peer-based ministries in the area, or other measures to best assist you. Because we are primarily staffed with graduate counseling student interns, we are not able to provide long-term or specialized care. After the initial assessment, if individual counseling is part of your care plan, then you will be contacted by one of our counselors to get scheduled. We offer 6-10 sessions of individual counseling to current SEBTS and C@SE students and their spouses at no additional cost to them. As you near the end of those sessions, you and your counselor will discuss the best options for long-term care and make a transition plan.
This model of care best reflects our desire to provide a helpful service to our students while recognizing the financial limitations and the relative experience level of our counseling interns.
Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Located on the first floor of the Ledford Center, Room 105
***We cannot guarantee a response 24/7 to crisis situations. Please utilize the list below in case of a mental health emergency. Campus Security (919) 761-2206 or 911 are also available to you in emergency situations.
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. After completing the paperwork, our Counseling Coordinator will reach out and schedule an initial assessment with you. This abbreviated appointment will allow us to create an individualized care plan that could include short-term individual counseling, external referrals, connecting with peer-based ministries in the area, or other measures to best assist you. After the initial assessment, if individual counseling is part of your care plan, then you will be contacted by one of our counselors or interns to get scheduled. We offer 6-10 sessions of individual counseling to current SEBTS and C@SE students and their spouses at no additional cost to them.
Mental Health Crisis Resources
UNC Health Care Crisis & Assessment Services
107 Sunnybrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Duke Hospital in Durham
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
National Suicide Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Interact Crisis Hotline
Sexual Assault (919) 828-3005
Domestic Violence (919) 828-7740
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 8 AM-8 PM 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.
Q: I am a counseling student. Am I eligible for counseling services through Student Life?
Yes. However, there are a few considerations. It is important to note that students in the MFIC licensure program will be required to receive certain number of personal counseling hours within a clinical setting. The counseling that we provide in this office does not qualify for those personal counseling hours. If you have questions or clarifications, please feel free to reach out to the counseling office or the counseling professors regarding those requirements.
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.