How to Begin

As a potential or new client, you may have some questions about how to begin and what to expect in counseling. The beginning steps may seem quite intimidating — sharing personal thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with a complete stranger would be enough to raise anxiety in anyone. Rest assured, those of us at Agape Christian Counseling Services St. Louis desire to walk with you through any struggles you may have.


What is the first step?

The first step is to call 314.994.9344. One of our intake coordinators will answer any questions you may have and gather some general information from you in order to match you with the counselor who will be the best fit for your needs and preferences. You can also fill in our online intake form by clicking here.

You will then be assigned to a counselor who will contact you within 48 hours to set up an appointment.


What is the initial session going to be like?

Your first session will involve the following:

  • Complete Client Information Sheet
  • Present Insurance Card upon arrival
  • Review Policies/Procedures and Confidentiality Agreement with your therapist
  • Agree upon the per-session fee (click here for more info on insurance and sliding fee scale)
  • Discuss your goals/objectives for your therapy sessions with your therapist and ask any questions you may have
  • Agree upon on session frequency and schedule your next appointment


What is a typical session like at Agape Christian Counseling Services?

Counseling sessions at Agape Christian Counseling Services typically last 45-50 minutes. During this time, you and your counselor will examine the subject matter that brings you into counseling. Often, this involves looking at current behavior and thought patterns as well as possibly exploring historical areas such as past family or social relationships.


What do I do as a client?

By addressing and dealing with these areas you are beginning to take steps toward growth and healing. One important aspect of counseling is your level of participation. The common phrase “You get out what you put in” definitely applies here. At times, the counseling process may be challenging and may bring up issues and feelings that you would rather avoid. However, by addressing and dealing with these areas you are beginning to take steps toward growth and healing.


What else do I need to know?

All counselors at Agape Christian Counseling Services St. Louis adhere to a strict code of ethics, including confidentiality. In order to provide a safe and open place for you to share your struggles, Agape Christian Counseling Services counselors will not share your personal information or anything discussed in session without your permission. (Certain limitations on confidentiality do apply — see your counselor for elaboration on these areas.)


We here at Agape Christian Counseling Services are excited about the possibility of working with you. We want this to be a warm and inviting experience for you; as such, if you have any questions about our agency or counselors, don’t hesitate to ask. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have.



8 thoughts on “How to Begin

  1. I am becoming more confident in the belief of me needing some counseling. I lost my mother almost 2 years ago and it has been very difficult to me. Do your services include grief counseling?

    • Hi Dontrel, Thank you for contacting us. Loss and grief can affect us in profound ways. We do offer grief counseling and consider it a privilege to walk along side you and help you through this time. We will need to gather a little bit of information from you in order to match you with a counselor that fits your needs. Please give us a call at the main office, 314-994-9344, to speak with one of our intake coordinators, or you can fill in the form on the Contact Us page, so that we can get a little more information to better serve you.

    • Hello Nunia, At Agape, our goal is to provide affordable counseling services, regardless of limited finances. That’s why we take many insurances and we also have a sliding fee scale option. With the sliding fee scale, your fee is based on your annual household income, and the number of people in your household. To find out out what your fee would be, please call our main office at 314-994-9344, or fill out the contact form on our website (click here), and someone from Agape will contact you. Thank you!

    • Hello Pablo, We walk alongside people in all struggles. We are happy to meet with anyone who is hurting or in need. Please contact our administrative office at 314-994-9344 or via the contact form on this website (click here) so that we can match you with the counselor that best meets your needs. Thank you!

  2. Does your clinic work with individuals diagnosed with severe, persistent mental illness?

    • Yes, we do! Please feel free to contact our main office to speak with an intake coordinator, 314-994-9344, or via our website contact page (click here). We will need to gather a little more information from you in order to match you with a counselor that can best meet your needs.

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