Grace Counseling

Grace Counseling

SIDE BY SIDE Through Life Challenges

We all have challenging circumstances at various times from relational pain to seasons of transition to mental illness. You’re not alone. Grace Counseling provides a network of ministries, resources, trained volunteers, groups and professional counselors to help you move forward with both the grace of God and practical support.

If you (or your loved one) is in imminent danger of hurting yourself or others, call 911 immediately. To request help for non-life threatening situations, click below. We’ll listen to your needs and personally connect you.

Beyond individual care, Grace is passionate about fostering a compassionate, safe culture in which people can talk about challenges. To that end we offer a bi-monthly Speaker Series on a range of mental health issues.

Counseling

Peer Counseling
Whether you are experiencing difficulty in your life or relationships or just want to enrich your relationship with Christ, Caring Counsel is a ministry for you. To learn more, click here. To get connected to a counselor, click here.
Loyola Interns
Grace Community Church has had a partnership with Loyola University of Maryland’s Pastoral Counseling program for several years. Annually Loyola has provided Grace with highly qualified graduate student interns. While counseling at Grace the interns are intensely supervised on campus with individual and small group supervision, in addition they have support from Grace Counseling Ministries. Loyola interns are mature, with a variety of gifts and talents, which are brought from disciplines such as education, health care, administration, military, business, and ministries. They have completed required pastoral counseling courses prior to their placement. Interns are able to provide up to 10 weeks of counseling with no charge. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our current interns or would like to hear more about the program email counseling@gcconline.org.

To learn about our current interns, please click here.

Safe Harbor Christian Counseling (on site and local)
Safe Harbor Christian Counseling serves local communities by providing Christian-based, clinically sound counseling so that people experience the recovery of their hearts. Our unique approach to marriage counseling, family counseling and individual counseling includes offering an inviting atmosphere whereby a healing relationship is experienced in the counseling room. To learn more, click here.
Local Professional Counseling and Community Mental Health Referrals
Life has its ups and downs and sometimes transitions are difficult. Most of the time when we experience challenging situations, we can turn to friends, family members, or our Small Groups for support. Other times, however, problems become more troublesome and we need the guidance of professionals. You may be feeling overwhelmed, struggling in a relationship or going through a transition, and we want to help connect you with a competent counselor. The buttons below will provide you with professional counselors and community resources. If you seek outside help, please reach out to the leadership and other members of Grace as well, to support you and encourage you through – we don’t want you to go through this alone. To see a list of professional counselors, click here.

Upcoming Groups & Events

Event: Loss Of A Spouse
If you are grieving the death of your husband or wife, we invite you to Grief Share’s “Loss of a Spouse” sponsored event, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7pm in Grace Place.

We would love for you to join us so we can provide you with support, encouragement, hope and healing as you continue in your journey of grief.

Support Group: DivorceCare
DivorceCare Recovery Group is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through separation or divorce alone.

The next session begins on January 17, 2019 and goes through April 11, 2019. To register, click here.

Mental Health Group for Families and Friends
This care group is for families and friends of people dealing with mental health challenges, anxiety, and depression. Find support, give support to others, and gain practical skills and tools. Rebuild your families through a focus on God’s grace for life transformation.

The next session will begin on Thursday, January 17, 2019 through March 7, 2019.

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Boundaries
Do you struggle with your responses to people’s request or demands on your time, talents or resources? This is for those who long for Biblically-based insights setting healthy boundaries with family, friends, co-workers or yourself. Group discussion on challenging issues while reviewing the life changing principle found in the book Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend.

The new session will begin on March 4 through May 6, 2019. There is no registration cost, however you will need to purchase a book for $20 from your leader.

Healing the Wounded Heart Support Group (Abuse)
Healing the Wounded Heart is an honest and hopeful journey into the damage of sexual abuse. With great compassion the group offers hope for victims of rape, date rape, incest, molestation, and more, exposing the raw wounds that are left behind and clearing the path toward wholeness and healing. Never minimizing victims’ pain or offering pat spiritual answers that don’t truly address the problem, the group instead calls evil evil and lights the way to renewed joy. If you are a victim of sexual abuse or know someone who is, please consider participating in or referring to this group.

Marie Celano, LCPC, Assistant Director of Grace Counseling will be facilitating the group using Dan Allendar’s book “Healing the Wounded Heart.” The next session will begin on June 26 through August 21, 2019.
To learn more, click here.

Rescued Women: Surviving and Thriving after Sexual Betrayal
Women dealing with the devastating impact of sexual betrayal are invited to join a community of women on this unintended journey. You are not alone! There is hope and healing through Jesus. This confidential group will be a safe place for support, encouragement, and growth. We will be using the workbook Rescued: A Woman’s guide to surviving and thriving after sexual betrayal by Shelley Martinkus. For more info, click here.

Next session: Thursdays, October 4, 2018 – May 16, 2019. If you’re hurting at any time, feel free to drop into our classes. Our classes won’t close – they’ll be available to you. To register, click here.

Shiloh Infertility Group
Shiloh is a care group for women experiencing infertility and/or miscarriage. Join with other women who understand and be encouraged through drawing near to God’s heart in his Word. Gain practical wisdom to navigate emotions, questions and decisions as we walk side by side in the journey.

Shiloh meets bi-weekly on Mondays at Grace: January 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 29, May 6 & 20, 2019. Admission is open.To register, click here.

Healing Journey: Restarting
Jumpstart a new chapter of life empowered by joy – not fear, anxiety, addiction, or abuse. Learn new relationship skills that help you, and those around you, thrive. Draw closer to the Lord and practice powerful exercises to help you get “unstuck” by training your brain for health and wholeness. Gain strength from being part of group that understands. Workbook $25.

The next group meets Tuesday evenings, February 12 through May 7, 2019. This group will close registration after the first meeting.

Addictions

If you or a loved one struggles with overcoming addiction, the resources recommended here can help.

12 Step Recovery Bible Study
This is an open group on Monday nights at 6:30pm (drop in any week) to all who are recovering or have a relative struggling with an addiction and would like to draw strength from the Bible. To learn more, click here.
Regeneration Rescue - Sexual Purity
The Rescue program is for men who long for purity yet struggle with sexual sin in any form. Rescue runs year-round in four, 12-week quarters. Receive support, coaching, and healing prayer from a team committed to helping you succeed. Next session starts on January 8, 2019.

Each group cycle closes after the second session but you can get immediate help from Regeneration staff year round. For immediate help, information about Rescue, or to learn about other programs offered by Regeneration for women, spouses, family and children, click here.

Support Groups

DivorceCare
DivorceCare Recovery Group is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through separation or divorce alone.

The next session begins on January 17, 2019 and goes through April 11, 2019. To register, click here.

GriefShare
GriefShare is a place where hurting people find healing and hope through a Christ-centered perspective as they examine soul-level questions about death and eternal life. Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is welcome to join our group.

Next session runs from April 10 to July 31, 2019. Register now>>

Mental Health Group for Families and Friends
This care group is for families and friends of people dealing with mental health challenges, anxiety, and depression. Find support, give support to others, and gain practical skills and tools. Rebuild your families through a focus on God’s grace for life transformation.

The Spring 2019 session is now closed. Next session info coming soon.

Stepfamily Group
Using The Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal, the group is for engaged, recently married, and experienced step-couples. Facilitated by step couples who understand what it takes.

The next Stepfamily Group starts September 19, 2019. Register>>

Boundaries
Do you struggle with your responses to people’s request or demands on your time, talents or resources? This is for those who long for Biblically-based insights setting healthy boundaries with family, friends, co-workers or yourself. Group discussion on challenging issues while reviewing the life changing principle found in the book Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend.

The new session will begin on March 4 through May 6, 2019. There is no registration cost, however you will need to purchase a book for $20 from your leader.

Healing the Wounded Heart Support Group (Abuse)
Healing the Wounded Heart is an honest and hopeful journey into the damage of sexual abuse. With great compassion the group offers hope for victims of rape, date rape, incest, molestation, and more, exposing the raw wounds that are left behind and clearing the path toward wholeness and healing. Never minimizing victims’ pain or offering pat spiritual answers that don’t truly address the problem, the group instead calls evil evil and lights the way to renewed joy. If you are a victim of sexual abuse or know someone who is, please consider participating in or referring to this group.

Marie Celano, LCPC, Assistant Director of Grace Counseling will be facilitating the group using Dan Allendar’s book “Healing the Wounded Heart.” The next session will begin on June 26 through August 21, 2019.
To learn more, click here.

CONFIDENTIAL After Abortion Healing & Care
You don’t have to go through this alone! Laurel Pregnancy Center offers this confidential support. Contact Cheryl Dudek.
Rescued Women: Surviving and Thriving after Sexual Betrayal
Women dealing with the devastating impact of sexual betrayal are invited to join a community of women on this unintended journey. You are not alone! There is hope and healing through Jesus. This confidential group will be a safe place for support, encouragement, and growth. We will be using the workbook Rescued: A Woman’s guide to surviving and thriving after sexual betrayal by Shelley Martinkus. For more info, click here.

Next session: Thursdays, October 4, 2018 – May 16, 2019. If you’re hurting at any time, feel free to drop into our classes. Our classes won’t close – they’ll be available to you. To register, click here.

Shiloh Infertility Group
Shiloh is a care group for women experiencing infertility and/or miscarriage. Join with other women who understand and be encouraged through drawing near to God’s heart in his Word. Gain practical wisdom to navigate emotions, questions and decisions as we walk side by side in the journey.

Shiloh meets bi-weekly on Mondays at Grace: January 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 29, May 6 & 20, 2019. Admission is open.To register, click here.

Healing Journey: Restarting
Jumpstart a new chapter of life empowered by joy – not fear, anxiety, addiction, or abuse. Learn new relationship skills that help you, and those around you, thrive. Draw closer to the Lord and practice powerful exercises to help you get “unstuck” by training your brain for health and wholeness. Gain strength from being part of group that understands. Workbook $25.

The next group meets Tuesday evenings, February 12 through May 7, 2019. This group will close registration after the first meeting.