FAQ
How much does a wedding service cost?

There are several wedding packages to choose from. Select a package that fits your needs. Costs are outlined for each package. I recommend premarital counseling before officiating a ceremony. The number of premarital counseling sessions can vary.

Why should couples consider premarital counseling?

Premarital counseling helps couples improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations, and develop conflict-resolution skills. Study after study and years of conclusive research show that couples who have premarital counseling have stronger, stable, and more resilient marriages. Premarital counseling is an investment in your future as a married couple. When couples want to tie the knot, this helps it stay tied. 

What is the process to book a wedding?

Contact me for a free 30 minute wedding consultation. The location can be at a local place like Panera Bread or Starbucks. Skype is another option. This meeting allows us to plan the ceremony, craft a personal format, and discuss premarital counseling session dates. A $275 deposit reserves your wedding date on the calendar. Payment can be by Paypal, Venmo, cash, or check. After payment, you will receive a contract and resources to help you with your wedding. Then we will schedule our next appointment.

How do we obtain a marriage license?

In Kansas, apply at the clerk of the district court. This office is normally in your county courthouse or a county annex. Kansas has a 3 day waiting period after you apply. In Missouri, apply at the recorder of deeds. You will need a marriage license from the state where the ceremony will be held, not where you hold residence. Check with county and state websites to get the necessary contact information.

Are our conversations considered private and confidential? 
 
Yes. Sessions are protected under established rules of the Church with religious privilege. Sessions are also protected by state statute under the Kansas Confidential Clergy Communications Privilege Law. Communication with a duly ordained minister is private and confidential. Know that I will strictly guard your sessions as a confidential communication and protect your privacy.
How long are counseling sessions?

All counseling sessions are 60-90 minutes. 

How much does pastoral counseling cost?

Individual sessions are $75 and couple sessions are $100. 

What topics can be covered in pastoral counseling sessions?

Topics can vary, but often include: anger management, conflict resolution, coping strategies, family issues, forgiveness, grief, marriage, military issues, recovery, relationships, stress, and suicide. Pastoral counseling utilizes a faith-based lens for life. Feel free to contact me regarding additional topics.

How do you conduct pastoral counseling sessions?

I practice solutions-focused pastoral counseling. It places the focus on a person's present and future, circumstances, along with the goals to get there. This type of counseling is focused on goals to improve and change, rather than dwelling on past experiences. I believe that heart change can make life change for everyone.

How much does spiritual direction cost?

Spiritual direction sessions are $50. Rates can be discounted on a sliding scale or for purchasing a package of 5-10 sessions.

Are there travel costs for your services?

The first 50 miles are free for all services. Every mile over 50 from my location is $1 per mile. A mileage charge is one-way for all services.

What payments do you accept?

Payment is by PayPal, Venmo, cash, or check. PayPal and Venmo process credit cards. PayPal also accepts international payments. I am a cash based practice, geared toward helping people. I do not accept insurance, FSAs, or HSAs.  

How does self-pay protect clients?

Cash-based practices allow for quick scheduling, sessions, and solutions. Appointments do not require pre-qualification or referrals from outside agencies that may share personal information. Cash-based practices also increase confidentiality for clients. Insurance companies require clinical information to be released to document the necessity of care. Self-pay clients enjoy greater peace of mind in knowing that their information is secure and will not be scattered across multiple insurance claim repositories. Self-pay allows your sessions to remain truly private and confidential.

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