Chapel Soul CareHELPING PEOPLE GROW, WITH A CHRIST-CENTERED FOCUS
Chapel Soul Care is a fee based ministry of Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, Calif. We recognize that not all hard things are bad; but in fact are actually what make us human. Our desire is to join you in your current struggle, past story, and whatever hard things come your way in the future with practical tools that help equip you to grow with a Christ-centered focus. You are not alone: your pain matters to God and matters to us. Let’s join together, with God, in a healing process.
We recognize that COVID-19 still affects many of us. We will continue offering Zoom or Face-time sessions as well as traditional face to face sessions to meet your level of comfort. Contact Chapel Soul Care for more information about digital counseling services.
We acknowledge that no two people are the same; and tailor our sessions to meet the specific needs of our clients. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other issue, we will help you recognize underlying problems, fully realize your strengths, and adjust certain behaviors and thoughts to see things through a Christ-centered lens.
Our practice specializes in treating individuals, couples, and families. We offer comprehensive services in the following ways.
Our individual counseling sessions are 50-60 minutes in duration. We recommend (but don’t require) a six session structure to begin your individual counseling journey. In individual counseling, you will meet one-on-one with a counselor to understand your story: both past and present. Next, you will experience a working phase where we will work together to understand and challenge the identified issue to move towards healing. Finally, we end with a closing phase where you will have clear and practical next steps to maintain healthy movement.
Group & Family Counseling
Our group and family counseling sessions are 50-120 minutes in duration. We recommend (but don’t require) a six session structure to begin your individual counseling journey. In group and family counseling, you will meet with a counselor to dive into your family story: both past and present. We will help you define the unique role each person in the family plays. Then you’ll experience a working phase where we will work together to understand and challenge the identified issue to move towards healing. Finally, we end with a “closing” phase that give clear and practical next steps to maintain healthy movement.
We believe wholeheartedly that the covenant of marriage is designed by God to represent the perfect way that God loves us: His creation. Our marriage counseling sessions are 60-90 minutes in duration and have a structure that is developed on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes we choose to meet with each member individually initially, and sometimes we feel it’s best for all sessions to be done together. We recommend (but don’t require) a minimum 6-session structure to begin your marriage counseling journey. You will meet with a counselor to dive into your family story: both past and present. Next, you will experience a working phase where we will work together to understand and challenge the identified issue to move towards healing. Finally, we end with a closing phase where you will have clear and practical next steps to maintain healthy movement.
Youth & Adolescent Counseling
Our youth and adolescent counseling sessions are 30-60 minutes in duration. These sessions are curated on a case-by-case basis that is typically developed in partnership with parents or guardians. Participants will experience a working phase where we work together to understand and challenge the identified issue to work towards healing. A significant part of what makes up adolescent sessions often includes helping young people discover and solidify their identity. Finally, we end with a closing phase that give clear and practical next steps to maintain healthy movement towards God’s best for the adolescent’s life.
Director, Pastoral Counselor
Denise Van Groningen
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #120746)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits of pastoral counseling?
Pastoral counseling can provide specialized treatment to those seeking such but also meet more general counseling needs, it can be considered a versatile mode of therapy. Pastoral counselors are uniquely positioned to offer a professional level of mental health treatment, thanks to graduate training and education, while also providing spiritual guidance from a faith-based perspective.
Pastoral counseling can offer support to those seeking family, relationship, premarital, or individual counseling. More specifically, it may be helpful to individuals working through or challenged by any of the following situations:
Pastoral counselors are uniquely positioned to offer a professional level of mental health treatment, thanks to graduate training and education, while also providing spiritual guidance from a faith-based perspective.
- Spiritual assessment
- Grief and loss
- Issues related to chronic or terminal illness
- Conflicts around spiritual beliefs
- Mental health issues directly linked to religious beliefs or doctrine
- Crises of faith
What are the education requirements of a Pastoral Counselor at Chapel Soul Care?
Requirements set forth by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors stipulate candidates must earn one of the following graduate degrees:
- Masters in Divinity
- Graduate or Doctoral degree in Biblical Studies, Theological studies, or Spiritual Studies
- Graduate or Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral counselors are trained in mental health assessment and suicide/homicide assessment, and they are typically able to diagnose the warning signs and symptoms of other serious psychiatric concerns.
Can I use my insurance?
What type of payment methods do you accept?
How long does therapy take?
Do I have to be a Christian to see someone at Chapel Soul Care?
What if I have to cancel my session?
What kind of therapy do you practice?
What if I’m not sure counseling will really help?
There are many factors that will influence whether we seek the help of a counselor. We may be reluctant to start the process because we don’t know what to expect. Often we feel that the problem that we are facing isn’t big enough. We may wonder if seeking help is a statement about our ability to solve problems on our own or a judgment on our character. We may feel guilty going outside of our family to get help. Some of us have been taught to tough it out, to be fiercely independent, and get on with life. By admitting that we need some extra help on our journey we set ourselves on a path of growth that changes our lives for the better. If you find yourself stuck, then we would like to meet you there.
What can I expect in the counseling process?
The counseling relationship differs from the type of relationship people have with friends and family. Counseling entails you and the counselor working together for the benefit of you. You and your counselor will set goals together; they will not be imposed on you. The counselor role includes providing support for you without judgment. You set the pace of the session as you become comfortable in discussing your feelings and thoughts. The counselor can often be helpful in assisting you with difficult emotions through support, acceptance, and helping you gain insight about yourself.
How do I know that counseling is working?
Do you have additional, online mental health resources?
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information. Please also check the additional links provided for physical health for a more comprehensive understanding of your over-all well-being. The following is not meant to be a comprehensive list, nor is it an endorsement of the content of the sites.
Associations & Institutes
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association
- American Psychological Society
- Center for Mental Health Services
- Mental Health America
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Mental Health Association
- National Eating Disorders Association
- National Sleep Foundation
- National Women’s Health Resource Center
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Suicide: Read This First
- Bipolar Disorder News – Pendulum.org
- Depression and How Therapy Can Help
- Depression Screening
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- National Center for PTSD
- Give an Hour— for veterans and their families
- National Center for PTSD Real Warriors (U.S. Department of Defense)— for veterans and their families
- The Gift From Within
- Sidran Institute
Addiction and Recovery
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Childhelp USA®
- Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
- DrugWatch.com provides up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, including details about associated side effects.
- Drugalert.org is a comprehensive database with information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
Do you have any additional, online physical health resources?
The following resources are general resources to support overall well-being and physical health. The resources are intended to complement, not replace, professional medical advice.
Medications and Health Supplements
- Medical Encyclopedia
- Medication, Internet Mental Health
- Medications, PDR
- Medline, Comparison
- The People Pharmacy
- National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Your Disease Risk
- Mayo Clinic
- Duke Integrative Medicine