Recently, The New York Times reported that nearly half of students who visit campus counseling centers are dealing with serious mental illness, more than double the rate a decade ago. The most common disorders being seen are depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, alcohol abuse, attention disorders, self-injury, and eating disorders.
On average, the staffs of campus counseling centers have not grown at the same rate as student enrollment—some in 15 years. They have waiting lists for treatment that can extend for weeks, and the numbers of therapy sessions a student can receive are limited.
Denise Hayes, president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors reports that some clinicians have enough time only to “treat students for a crisis, bandaging them up and sending them out.”
This news item only serves to reinforce the need for the affordable, professional Christian counseling services offered at Restoration Place Ministries, where a client can be seen within one week or less. For college women, an individual counseling session is only $20. If a student wishes to meet with a counselor intern, her fee will range from $5 to $20, based on financial need.
Some may wonder what Christian counseling is exactly. At Restoration Place, our approach to therapy is blending proven psychological principles with sound biblical theology. Our priority goal is to journey with our clients through a process of healing and restoration that allows them to fully accept and experience God’s unconditional love and grace.
While we are committed to meeting each client where she is, as Christian therapists we are also committed to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture as our foundation, seeking to look at human problems from the perspective of God’s Word. We believe that God is the One who changes people. We see ourselves not as the creator of change, but as instruments in the hands of the One who can create change superior to anything a counselor or counselee could ask or imagine.
Do you know a college woman who is struggling? Who feels hopeless or overwhelmed? Tell her first that she is not alone. Then tell her about a place—a place of restoration—where hurting and broken women can find hope and healing.
She can visit us on the web at www.restorationplaceministries.org or she can simply make a confidential call to 336-508-8573 to find out more information or to schedule an appointment.
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