WHEN TO CONSIDER COUNSELING
The counseling services offered at Evangel are tools the church uses to walk individuals and families to a place of spiritual and mental health.
Asking for help can be difficult, but there are times when life can seem overwhelming. You may have tried all you know to do, but nothing seems to help. Sometimes the issue is personal, or you may be afraid or embarrassed to discuss it with anybody. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to in order to gain perspective.
Seeking help does not mean that you are “crazy” or abnormal. It just means you are stuck and fed up with letting whatever is bothering you continue to control your life. If you want to take steps toward the joy God intends us to share, let’s talk about it!
How much does it cost?
To increase commitment to treatment, we believe it is beneficial to charge all clients a fee. We strive to make counseling affordable.
Fees can be paid by cash, check, or debit/credit card.
Standard 50-minute Session Fee: Licensed Counselor – $75-$95; Graduate Intern – $50
Fees are based on a family’s ability to pay and will be discussed during or before the first session.
Reduced rates are available for families earning less than $75,000 per year or those in financial hardship. Please call for details.
Clients are expected to pay for each session at the appointment time unless other arrangements have been made. Receipts are available on request.
How do I make an appointment?
Contact our counseling staff at 816.942.1414 ext. 130 or email to inquire about counseling or to schedule an appointment. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
Do you accept insurance?
Evangel’s counselors are not on insurance panels; however, clients can use Health Savings Accounts or flexible spending medical accounts to pay for counseling.
Do I have to attend Evangel to receive counseling?
No. Evangel counselors see clients from outside the church as schedules allow.
MEET OUR COUNSELORS
Gaitha Pennington is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Arts in Marriage Couples and Family Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a trained Prepare-Enrich marital and pre-marital facilitator and trainer. Gaitha takes an empathetic, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to counseling, and collaborates with her clients based on their unique needs and goals. She strives to create an atmosphere where her clients feel safe, seen, and understood. She loves helping others navigate and make meaning out of their pain. Her specific areas of interest in counseling include marital and pre-marital counseling, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, attachment issues, and life transitions.
Pamela Harms is a National Certified Counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University and an undergraduate degree in music and theology from Southwestern A/G University. Pamela believes her role is to support, encourage and challenge clients in their process of growth and healing, building upon a foundation of trust and empathy. She embraces a holistic approach addressing body, soul, and spirit. Pamela is passionate about helping individuals overcome obstacles in their lives that they may experience the fullness of what God has for them. Pamela specializes in Synergetic Play Therapy for children and adolescents, Gottman couples therapy, and EMDR therapy for trauma.
Veronica Meeks is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has also earned her certification in Play Therapy and certification as a Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider (SATP). Experience as a Children’s Pastor and an oncology nurse deepened her compassion for the hurting. Her desire is to see individuals become healthier and whole, and she sees counseling as a way to be of help.
Jane Beery has been part of the Evangel staff since 2008 and has been involved in church ministry for over 30 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Kansas.
Jannae Turley is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. She has a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She values cultural intricacies, differences, and strengths. Jannae is passionate about helping people through trauma and grief. She believes Christ is the Healer and desires to see individuals experience freedom and lasting healing.
Samantha Norton is currently a graduate student at MidAmerica Nazarene University specializing in Marriage, Couples, and Family counseling. Samantha has a background in business, but a deep passion for people who are struggling. Her goal is to create an atmosphere of healing and provide a sense of strength for clients as they process through difficult times together.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES & NATIONAL HOTLINES
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline
Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), press 1
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
National Eating Disorders Association Hotline