The Union Recorder

December 4, 2013

Counseling center heals through faith

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — A newly opened counseling center is offering caring support to help individuals, couples and families heal to achieve wholeness in life by providing education and promoting their faith.

The Milledgeville Christian Counseling Center at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) has already started seeing clients since Oct. 1, when Betty Williams became the director and counselor at the center. The counseling center has obtained a business license, but also serves as a ministry of FUMC.

“Typically a counseling center would have licensed counselors, but what’s unique about a Christian counseling center is we’re intentional about ... allowing their spiritual journey be part of their healing process,” Williams said. “We’re here as a resource for the church and the community. We want people to have this kind of special and unique counseling.”

At the Milledgeville Christian Counseling Center, Williams offers counseling services in issues with marriage, parenting, stress, anxiety and depression.

“I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in marriage and family, and a masters in divinity. I have over 20 years of experience in counseling and a lot of it has been in the Christian setting.”

To take advantage of the counseling center’s services, appointments can be made at flexible hours. A standard fee is charged per hour. Adjustments may be made on the basis of personal financial resources for those who qualify for a reduction in fees.

“Call us and come in for an assessment appointment, which would include talking with a counselor, and the person, family members or couple will work out a treatment plan based on their need. We offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments,” Williams said. “We invite the nonprofits to partner with us in helping to provide counseling to individuals who can’t afford it by becoming a sponsor and paying the fee for them.”

The local center is seeking licensed professional counselors who have experience in working in spiritual care to contract with them.

“I’m also available for various speaking engagements and workshops on parenting, depression, anxiety and stress management,” Williams said. “We’re certainly excited about being in the community.”

For more information about the counseling center, or to make an appointment, call 478-456-6219, email milledgevillechristiancounsel@gmail.com, or visit www.milledgevillefumc.org.