Southeastern is committed to providing a balanced Christian approach to counseling. Our goal is to provide counseling and guidance that meets your specific challenges and equips you to grow to be more like Christ as a result. 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 honors the Lord, help you to fully appreciate His gracious love for you, and trust and follow His plans for your life. Counselors will typically pray for you and integrate 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. 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.
If you’re interested in counseling, you can complete our online intake paperwork here.
After you submit the form, one of our counselors will be in touch either to schedule an initial session or to discuss additional options. Due to high demand, we may have a waitlist in order to see a counselor, but we have numerous referral options in the area, many of which include SEBTS counseling alumni who have graduated and gained additional experience and expertise that may best fit your needs for counseling.
If you know that you’d like to see a more experienced counselor, you can complete the referral request here. Our Counseling Coordinator will be in touch based on your responses.
***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. We do not offer premarital counseling at this time.
To schedule an appointment for individual or marriage counseling, please fill out the form linked here.
After you submit the form, one of our counselors will be in touch either to schedule an initial session or to discuss additional options. Due to high demand, we may have a waitlist in order to see a counselor, but we have numerous referral options in the area, many of which include SEBTS counseling alumni who have graduated and gained additional experience and expertise that may best fit your needs for counseling. We offer individual and marital counseling to currently-enrolled SEBTS and C@SE students and their spouses at no additional cost. At this time, we are unable to offer counseling services to alumni or members of the community.
Mental Health Crisis Resources
10901 World Trade Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27617
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
The Counseling Center offers an internship for graduate students in their Counseling Practicum courses. The internship exists to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and serve the Church by equipping future counselors with an emphasis on spiritual formation, personal awareness, and clinical competency toward their future counseling ministry.
To apply, graduate students preparing to begin their first practicum can contact our Counseling Coordinator (email@example.com) for more information.
Q: What type of counseling do you provide?
Our counselors provide biblically based, clinically informed counseling addressing most emotional and relational challenges, such as depression, anxiety, anger, family conflict, trauma/past abuse, pornography, marital and family counseling, grief/loss, identity, and spiritual doubt.
Southeastern does not have the resources to provide counseling for substance abuse cases requiring detox or mental health diagnoses or for eating disorders. 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. Our counselors believe that God’s Word speaks to life and its problems. 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; honesty and transparency help your counselor to best serve you.
- Be patient. Often, problems do not develop in a day, so 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 for them to carefully listen and gather needed information in order to build understanding and trust with you.
- Commitment to work outside of counseling sessions. One hour a week will not suffice on its 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, will help the process of counseling progress effectively.
Q: What is the cost?
Southeastern provides counseling as a free service to currently-enrolled students and their families. We do not charge for this service, 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 or to discuss options due to a waiting list. 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 at first but may shift to biweekly as progress continues. However, your counselor might make adjustments to 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 who 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 CMFIC 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.
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Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Located on the first floor of the Ledford Center, Room 105