Consent to Counseling
Marvin W. Huddleston
Our Goal – My goal in providing Biblical counseling is to help you meet the challenges of life in a way that will please and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and allow you to enjoy fully His love for you and His plans for your life. Counseling is also provided so persons in training may have an opportunity to be involved in practical application of Biblical Counseling. Therefore, persons in training may participate and/or provide counseling as a part of their training.
Biblical Basis – I believe that the Bible provides thorough and complete guidance and instruction for faith and life. Therefore, my counseling is based on Scriptural principles rather than those of secular psychology, social work or psychiatry. I am not trained nor licensed as a psychotherapist or mental health professional, and counsel as a minister in accordance with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Standards of Conduct, a copy of which is attached to this consent form. I have been trained as a Biblical counselor through the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and/or National Association of Nouthetic Counselors.
Confidentiality – Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process, and I will carefully guard the information you entrust to me. There are situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others: (1) when I am uncertain of how to address a particular problem and need to seek advice from another Biblical counselor (this normally will be done without revealing the name of the counselee); (2) when it is necessary to talk with your pastor or in some cases another church staff member; (3) when there is a clear indication that someone may be harmed unless others intervene; (4) when a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of others in his or her church to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:22; 24:11; Matthew 18:15-20). Please be assured that I strongly prefer not to disclose personal information to others, and will make every effort to help you find ways to resolve a problem as privately as possible. If it becomes necessary to disclose information, I will inform the counselee first unless the counselee refuses contact.
Having clarified the principles and policies of my counseling ministry, I welcome the opportunity to minister to you in the name of Christ and to be used by Him as He helps you to grow in spiritual maturity and prepares you for usefulness in His body. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please talk with me (Marvin Huddleston). If these guidelines are acceptable to you, please sign and date below.