VINEYARD COUNSELING MINISTRY
Our appointments are based upon biblical principles. These principles are designed to deepen your relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. You are encouraged to raise any questions you may have with your Counselor.
If, after discussion with your Counselor, you still have questions, you may direct them to John DePaola. A counselee should not call a Counselor between sessions unless there is a previous plan to do so or an emergency situation arises. The length of counseling may be extended upon the discretion of your Counselor. You are free to end the session(s) at any time, if you so desire. We do request a final meeting in person.
The Counselors are trained in listening prayer, helping skills and in being sensitive to the ministry of the Holy Spirit; they are not professionals. They do receive guidance from supervision, which is under the oversight of John DePaola, Pastor of the Vineyard Counseling Ministry.
If you are unable to keep an appointment, call your Counselor’s voice mail at least 24 hours in advance (you should receive this number when your appointment is scheduled by the Counselor). The Counselors freely give their time to you and appreciate your cooperation in this.
Privacy and confidentiality is our highest priority in the Vineyard Counseling Ministry. However, if an individual intends to take harmful, dangerous, or criminal action against another human being, or against themselves, it is the Counselor’s duty to advise the pastoral leadership to warn appropriate individuals of such intentions. Suspected acts of child abuse or neglect are required to be reported. Those warned may include a variety of persons:
1. The person or the family of the person who is likely to suffer the results of harmful behavior
2. The family of the counselee who intends to harm him/herself or someone else
3. Associates or friends of those threatened or making threats
4. Law enforcement officials
Before informing anyone, the leadership will take all possible steps to first share that intention with the counselee. Every effort will be made to prevent any such breach of confidentiality.