Our Services

Bridgehaven is a parachurch counseling practice started by The Summit Church in 2012 for the purpose of providing gospel-centered, clinically-informed biblical counseling to individuals, couples, and families, both locally and globally. While Bridgehaven was started by The Summit Church, we operate as an autonomous, non-profit  501c3 parachurch ministry, separate from The Summit Church.


OUR COUNSELORS

All of the counselors and staff who serve with Bridgehaven are evangelical Christians, all are active church-members in a variety of churches, and all hold to a philosophy of counseling that is consistent with Bridgehaven’s statement of faith (taken from the Biblical Counseling Coalition).

While all of our counselors are pastoral counselors with similar graduate degrees and clinical training, each of our counselors have individual interests and specialized training to meet the particular needs of various clients. Additionally, while each of our counselors have a similar level of training and experience, most of our counselors have chosen to serve as non-licensed counselors on the ecclesiastical side of the separation of church and state in order to allow greater freedom for working with local churches. As such, most of our counselors do not currently hold state licensure. To read more about each of our counselors, their training, and the types of clients each serves, please see the Our Counselors page.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What types of counseling issues does Bridgehaven address?

• Marriage: Communication, Restoration, and Enrichment

• Parenting & Family

• Pre-Marital

• Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Fear, Grief, & Other Emotional Struggles

• Eating Disorders

• Responding to Abuse & Trauma (i.e., Verbal, Physical, Sexual)

• Pornography and Other Life Dominating Habits

• Insecurity

• Codependency

• Identity Issues

• Same Sex Attraction

• Guilt & Assurance of Salvation

What is “biblical counseling”?

By biblical counseling we mean that your counselor is a Christian with special training and experience in applying the truths of the Bible to life. We believe that the Bible speaks to all of life and to all of its problems, but sometimes it takes careful thought and prayerful wisdom to know how to make those connections. We don’t believe that the Bible is simply a how-to book or a recipe book for happiness. We believe that the Bible ultimately points us to a person and a relationship – Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ. This does not mean that you must be a Christian to profit from our counseling, although we believe that deep and lasting change is brought about only by God himself. However, the Bible is never brought to bear in an artificial or heavy-handed way.

How much does counseling cost?

All of the counselors at Bridgehaven work on a donation basis. The comparable-market-value for counseling in the Raleigh-Durham area ranges from $75 to $125 per 50-minute session. The current suggested donation amount is $75 per 50-minute session. Prior to your session, it is your responsibility to pray about the amount that God would have you donate for the counseling you receive, and then to be faithful to God in your giving. After your session, your counselor will simply ask you how much you would like to donate for the service you received. Afterwards, you will receive an invoice via email for the amount you have agreed upon with your counselor.

Donations should be in accord with what a man or woman has, not according to what he or she does not have. Therefore, no one will be refused counseling because of the amount of his or her donation. We have made intentional efforts to keep our operating expenses extremely low. However, there are some expenses that are unavoidable. We have closely examined our budget and determined that that an average donation of $75.00 helps cover these expenses.

Our financial policy is predicated upon these passages, which we could encourage you to consider.

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7

“Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.” Galatians 6:6

Does Bridgehaven qualify for insurance payment?

Neither Bridgehaven nor any of our counselors are currently paneled with any insurance provider. We cannot file insurance on your behalf. Additionally, while we can provide you with a receipt for each session and you can try to file with your insurance provider, because most of our counselors have chosen to serve as non-licensed counselors, our counselors do not generally provide any medical or diagnosis codes. Any particular arrangements for reimbursements by an insurance provider remain strictly between the client and the insurance provider.

How does Bridgehaven work with local churches?

We believe that the church is God’s chosen context for change. We consider all of our counseling to be an extension of the ministry of the local church and a way of serving and promoting its ministry. In a sense, our counselors serve as “temporary staff” to the churches that refer their people to us for help. In that spirit, we seek to partner with the church in any way that will facilitate and sustain the desired changes in a counselee’s life. Most often this will mean counseling in a way that highlights the consistency of what is being learned in counseling with what is being taught at their church and encouraging more authentic relationships within the counselee’s church. When appropriate, it may also mean keeping a pastor, small group leader, or other shepherd informed about the counseling process, or even (with the counselee’s permission) inviting them to be part of the counseling sessions. Having said this, Bridgehaven is very sensitive to the issue of confidentiality. The Bible repeatedly warns against gossip and indicates that trustworthy people keep confidences. To release counseling information without a counselee’s consent would violate biblical standards as well as commonly accepted codes of counseling ethics. However, situations in which a counselee or another person is in imminent danger of physical harm may require reporting information to the appropriate legal authorities.


ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS:

When you arrive at building 2304, you will find our glass door entrance at the right end of the building facing S. Miami Blvd. Enter in through the center glass door (#Suite 222), which opens to the stairway to the second story office suites.

At the top of the stairs, please enter the 1st door on your left – this is our waiting room. There is no need to check-in; just make yourself at home and your counselor will greet you soon as he or she is available. If no one comes to greet you within ten minutes of your appointed time, please proceed down the hallway to the administrative office for assistance. Thank you.

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Brier Creek Office Hours:

Monday (11am-6pm) – Tues., Wed., Thurs. (9am-6pm) – Friday (9am-12pm)

**Exceptions to the above hours may occur for some counselors.