“I want you to know that right now, at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, there are skilled counselors who are available, even if the one you care about has no insurance and no ability to pay.”
“You Saved My Life, Pastor!”
“Kyle was just calling to reserve a space at the church for a meeting, but something in his voice seemed a little off,” my friend told me. I asked my friend how Kyle was doing and he said, “Not so good, pastor.”
As I followed up with Kyle by asking some concerned questions, I realized he was deeply hurting and that he needed the care of a skilled counselor in addition to my continued spiritual care. My friend and I worked together to find Kyle that support.
A month later Kyle greeted me with a hug and said, “Thank you. You saved my life.”
Sometimes a listening ear, a courageous and compassionate question, and the right contact can be life saving. Literally!
Faith leaders often have visits and calls from people like “Kyle”. However, they are not the only ones. Anyone who has earned our trust and thinks of us as a “safe person” may give us a hint that they are hurting. They may just need a friend with a listening ear to notice and say that they have time to listen. This might be enough. However, in addition to your continued friendship, they might also benefit from the gifts of a skilled counselor. If so, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is here to help.
During the COVID-19 epidemic it is understandable that people we know and love are experiencing more stress, anxiety, and depression. It is OK to not be “OK” right now. What is not “OK” is feeling like you have to go through it alone or that nothing can help. The good news is the DMPCC offers many ways of helping and connecting.
In addition to in person counseling at the Center and at our satellite location at Grace United Methodist Church, in Des Moines, we also offer telehealth sessions that allow anyone with an internet connection to meet with a counselor, face to face, online. If someone prefers a telehealth session, but needs a safe place with a computer, we can provide this, also. If you are a faith leader or a member of a community of faith, you too might consider dedicating a safe, private space and a computer or tablet with a strong internet connection for anyone who needs a safe place for a telehealth session.
That first decision to talk with a counselor can be frightening, that too is understandable. One of the frightening unknowns is the cost.
As a faith leader or a friend, you too may be fearful that your recommendation of a skilled counselor could be a financial hardship for the one who has reached out to you for support.
I want you to know that right now, at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, there are skilled counselors who are available, even if the one you care about has no insurance and no ability to pay. They will not be financially burdened, shamed, or judged. They will receive a skilled counselor who has the support of a whole team of care givers dedicated to hope and healing.
As a faith leader or a trusted person, I hope you will consider us an important part of your care team. Because, sometimes a listening ear, a courageous and compassionate question, and the right contact can be lifesaving.
To schedule a meeting with a counselor, please click below or call: 515-274-4006 ext. 108
Your partner in hope and healing,
Chris Waddle, M.Div.
Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center