Pastoral Advising Informed Consent
This is a church-based ministry providing pastoral and scriptural advising. We offer spiritual advice to individuals struggling with a variety of issues. Appointments with a pastoral advisor are typically an hour in length and may be short term (a few weeks) or longer (a few months) depending on the sense of progress. Most pastoral counseling will not exceed 4 visits.
Most people find pastoral advising very helpful; however, depending on the nature of your difficulty, you might also experience uncomfortable emotions such as anger, fear, and frustration during the course of counseling. While the pastoral advisor cannot remove these feelings from you, they will help you work through them, or find an alternative counselor. You are free to discontinue services at any time. Most people utilize advising until they feel no further substantial progress is being made or other factors are interfering with the counselor’s ability to help them. If counseling ends prematurely, the pastoral advisor will help you find qualified help elsewhere.
Under normal circumstances everything you discuss with your pastoral advisor will be held in strict confidence. However, you should be aware that there are some situations in which your counselor may be required by law to report information to the proper authorities without your permission or knowledge. These situations include, but may not be limited to a client’s indications of bodily harm to others, involvement in a felony, suicidal intentions, and reasonable evidence of child or elder abuse or neglect. Your advisor may also disclose information in response to subpoena issued by court of law.