Director of Marriage and Family Enrichment
Assistant Director of Marriage and Family Enrichment
We are licensed mental health clinicians who believe that faith in Christ is central to our faith, health, and wholeness. Because we believe that God’s Word is true and relevant to contemporary life, we provide counseling which emphasizes the use and superiority of God's Word as well as evidence-based psychological research and methods in communication, recovery, and healing (not theories) that do not conflict with its teachings.
The Marriage and Family Enrichment Centers offers counseling to individuals, families, and marriages throughout the lifespan, offering treatment for issues such as:
If you are struggling with an issue not listed, please contact us for further information.
Hope Keepers: Support Group for Chronic Illness & Pain
Location: WABC, Room 153
When: First Tuesday of every month (except July)
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch provided.
(Attendance is free of charge for all those who register. Registration requirement only to prepare size of room. Please call 704-873-6397, extension 3210 and leave message or send email to email@example.com with your first name and last initial, or call church office to let us know you are going to attend.)
Dan Wilemon, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS serves as the Director of the Marriage and Family Enrichment Center, and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Dan provides individual, marital, and family therapy for both adults and children, and teaches marriage and family courses through Western Avenue Baptist Church’s Equipping University.
Gladys Lowry, MA, NCC, LCMHC CCMC is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor on staff with the Marriage and Family Enrichment Center. Her responsibilities include providing individual, marital, and family psychotherapy.
There are many common myths that hinder individuals from getting the help they desire. Listed below are several myths that you may have heard:
Yes, counseling has a cost. It is an investment of your money, time, and energy. Unfortunately, problems have a cost, as well. Problems can "cost" us our relationships, or have "costly" impact on our emotional, physical, or spiritual health. Counseling can help you deal with the roadblocks in your life, and help you reach your goals- what a wise investment and good use of your money!
Yes, counseling takes time out of your day. Our problems also take "time" out of our day by causing us worry, sadness, or regret over past decisions. Each day has the same amount of time in it, and investing 50 minutes on a weekly or every other week basis to learn how to effectively manage problems in your life is a worthwhile use of your time.
This is inaccurate. Our goal is for you to reach your goals in counseling in the shortest amount of time that is effective. Many individuals and families reach their goals in just a few sessions, while others may be in counseling over several months. Your counselor will tailor their work to best fit your needs, while focusing on helping you successfully reach your goal in the briefest period of time.
This is one of the most damaging myths about counseling, and in actuality, the exact opposite is true. We all can benefit from counseling. In fact, counseling is most beneficial for people facing problems in everyday life. Responsible people deal effectively with normal stress by seeking help, and their efforts to seek help indicate their emotional health, not illness.
While this may be true, there are several key differences. A friendship is a two-way street, where two people give and take. In counseling, the focus is on you, and the problem you are facing. Your counselor will use their education, the tools of the mental health professions such as different types of therapy and assessment tools, their own wisdom of life experience, and the truths of the Bible to help you grow and change. Your counselor is an unbiased third party, and will provide feedback to you that your family or friends may not be comfortable to provide. Your counselor is also bound by strict confidentiality laws that protect your privacy, and this assurance of privacy helps create a trust between you and your counselor.
Simply stated, counseling is a relationship in which a counselor helps an individual, couple, or family better understand and solve a problem in an atmosphere of trust and privacy.
In counseling, the counselor and client seek to clearly describe the problem and create a strategy to solve or manage it. This occurs through specific steps which includes the following:
Evaluation occurs throughout counseling, which allows the counselor and client to make any needed changes in an effort to reach the client’s goal. Referrals to additional community resources and/or professionals will be recommended when appropriate for your circumstances.
Faith-based counseling integrates the truths and teachings of the Bible with proven psychological theories, with a focus on our human nature, redemption, and grace. All other concepts or ideas are measured by the truth of Scripture.
A professional counselor is one who has a minimum of a graduate degree and is credentialed or licensed by a governing body following the completion of all educational requirements, supervised client hours, and examinations.
Your responsibilities include being on time for your appointment, canceling with a 24 hour notice when it is necessary to cancel or reschedule your appointment, paying for services when rendered, and being as open and honest as you can with your counselor. It also helps to be ready to focus on a specific problem or issue, therefore making the most of your therapy session.
Each session is 50 minutes in length. The frequency of sessions varies according to the client’s schedule, expressed concerns, goals, and appointment availability, and is discussed during the initial appointment.
The Counseling Center is located in the Marriage and Family Enrichment Center, and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with sessions by appointment only.
The initial session is $125.00, and each session thereafter is $105.00. As a ministry to our community, Western Avenue Baptist Church underwrites a portion of the cost. You are expected to pay for services when rendered.If you have any concerns or questions about cost, please contact Dan Wilemon – firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-873-6397, ext.310.
No. Counseling is available regardless of church membership, denomination, age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status.
Call Dan Wilemon at 704.873.6397x3210 and leave a message or email him at email@example.com, or call Gladys Lowry at 704.873.6397x3215 and leave a message or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
The Marriage and Family Enrichment Center is located on the back side of the church facilities. Follow the signs to the Multi-Purpose Room and the Enrichment Center will be on the right. This entrance will afford you the confidentiality that you desire.
Due to our having a very small set fee and limited size of our counseling center, we do not file insurance, and our considered an “out of network”provider. Please check your plan to see if you have out of network benefits.
Upon request, we will print off an invoice for services received with fees paid so you can submit to your insurance company and often they will apply it toward your insurance deductible or send you partial reimbursement.
If you still have questions after reading the information on this page, please contact Dan Wilemon.
Yes, there are many additional resources available to help you deal with life’s stresses. You’ll find helpful resources within our own community, as well as on a state and national level.
Check out the following websites for further information:
We do not provide crisis services or crisis counseling. If you are in a crisis and need immediate assistance, please go to your nearest hospital emergency room or contact the following emergency phone numbers:
Partners Behavioral Health
Call: 1-888-235-HOPE (4673)
Daymark Recovery Services - 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1; Chat online; Text 838255