Berkeley Christian Counselors (BCC) provides Christian counseling services to individuals, couples, families, parents, and children. We offer pre-marital and marriage counseling, utilizing the PREPARE / ENRICH assessment program to explore relationship issues that couples experience.
We at Berkeley Christian Counselors are committed to providing excellent therapeutic care in a distinctively Christian context. Click the photo above to find out more about our services, or click on Our Staff at the top of the page to meet our counseling staff.
Berkeley Christian Counselors is a fee-for-service counseling center that provides professional counseling services to clients from the communities throughout the Bay Area.
Our clients range in age, gender, ethnicity, and faith background.
We help clients address a variety of issues including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loneliness, relational challenges, marital conflicts, abuse/trauma, addiction, and more.
Statement of Support
Berkeley Christian Counselors stands with the Black community, AAPI community, LGBTQ+ community and all BIPOC communities in solidarity against any kind of hate-based violence. We believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect.
Berkeley Christian Counselors was started in 1977 in response to a growing need in the church and local community for quality Christian counseling. A committee consisting of lay persons from First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley assembled a trained group of Christian counselors and provided counseling.
What started as a Christian Lay Counseling service has now become a professional, fee-for-service, counseling center and a training institute for clinicians working toward their license.
PREPARE / ENRICH
PREPARE / ENRICH is one of the most trusted, effective relationship assessment tools used by counselors, clergy, mental health professionals, and marriage mentors to help married or pre-marital couples explore strengths and growth areas in their relationship. It includes a customized online assessment that gives a profile of the couple's relationship. Most of the Berkeley Christian Counselors are PREPARE / ENRICH trained and certified.
For more information, visit www.prepare-enrich.com.
American Association of Christian Counselors
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is committed to assisting Christian counselors by equipping clinical, pastoral, and lay caregivers with biblical truth and psychological insights so they can minister to hurting persons and help them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity. For more information, visit www.aacc.net.
Normally, we sponsor events, classes, and groups addressing a wide range of spiritual, emotional, and psychological issues, but due to Covid-19, we are not currently offering these. If you are interested, please check back on this page or contact Berkeley Christian Counselors at (510) 548-5858 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Coping with Emotions and Improving Relationships Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a fancy name for a research-validated treatment approach that helps to improve quality of life and relationships. DBT teaches practical and effective skills to help people reduce personal suffering from overwhelming emotions and damaging coping behaviors. The skills are effective for a variety of problems including destructive anger, substance abuse, impulsive behavior, anxiety and depression. DBT skills are also helpful for parenting spirited children and reducing conflict in distressed relationships. The skills are simple and straight forward, easy to learn, and taught in a group context that provides support for practice and accountability for change. Currently we are not running DBT groups, but we have a few clinicians who are well versed in DBT and can teach specific skills. If you would like to move forward with individual counseling please let us know.
Session One: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Mindfulness is the ability to be aware, in the present moment, of thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and actions without judging or criticizing yourself or your experience. Mindfulness has a rich history in many spiritual traditions. For Christians, mindfulness can become the practice of being quiet and listening to self and God, experiencing God’s truth and grace (accepting ourselves as we are while acknowledging our need for change), and learning compassion toward ourselves and others.
Session Two: Distress Tolerance Skills Distress tolerance skills will help you endure and cope with your emotional pain in a new and healthier way so that it doesn’t lead to undue suffering. The skills will teach you to distract, relax, and cope with painful events by building up your resilience and giving you new ways to soften the effects of upsetting circumstances.
Session Three: Emotion Regulation Skills Emotion regulation skills will help you cope with intense reactions to your feelings in new and more effective ways. Skills include recognizing your emotions, being mindful of your emotions without judgment, and reducing your vulnerability and reactivity to negative thoughts and feelings.
Session Four: Interpersonal Relationship Skills This DBT module covers interpersonal effectiveness skills, such as assertiveness, which is the ability to ask for what you want, say no, and negotiate conflict without damaging the relationship. The module also teaches additional skills for building healthy relationships and tools for ending destructive relationships.
Dialectical Behavior Skill Training is divided into four, eight-week modules. Each module is designed to build on and enhance the skills taught in the previous training module. Each class is broken into two segments – a 60-minute lecture and a 60-minute skills practice/sharing time.Dates and Times:
Cost: $480 for each 8-week session (scholarships available based on financial need)
Registration: Each group is limited to twelve participants. An interview is required prior to registration. For more information or to register, call (510) 548-5858 or contact Berkeley Christian Counselors.
Instructors: BCC Clinicians
DBT lecture happens in a large group format. Participants will then break into smaller groups for the skills practice/sharing time as noted below:
Adult DBT Group DBT skills training for adults age 30 and above. The adult DBT skills group is generally diverse in regard to age, ethnicity and current life problems. Group participants are often required to have an individual therapist in addition to participating in the DBT skills group.
Young Adult DBT Group This DBT skills group is for young adults ages 18 through 29 to learn and practice DBT skills in a peer group setting. Individual psychotherapy may be required in addition to the DBT skills group practice.
The pain of separation and divorce can feel unbearable and isolating. The Divorce Recovery Course openly acknowledges this pain and offers the hope of healing that is uniquely found in the Christian community through the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement of others. This course is open to anyone who has ended, or is in the process of ending, a long-term relationship. Each session includes presentations and personal stories given by experienced facilitators, and the Divorce Recovery Leadership Team, followed by time in small groups for processing and prayer.
Dates: Sundays, Start Dates vary.
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: Room M310, McKinley Hall
Cost: $40 for materials
For more information and to register: Contact Kay Wolff at (510)847-2839
Join us in a safe and confidential support group for parents and family members who are navigating this journey. Lean in for support and prayer for our kids and each other. Remembering that God loves our children even more than we do, this monthly parent-led group is a place of mutual caring rather than advocacy or debate.
Dates: 1st Wednesdays
Time: 7:30–9 pm
More Information: Contact email@example.com
Berkeley Christian Counselors sponsors this group for women over 60 to meet and discuss possibilities and issues in the third chapter of life. We meet one Saturday each month to read, share, process, and munch. The group is beginning a new book, Living into Community, Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us, by Christine D. Pahl. Attendance is on a drop-in basis, so come whenever you are able.Dates: Second Saturdays
Time: 10 am–12 pm
Location: Church Lounge, Westminster Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
More Information: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
During COVID-19, all of our counselors are providing tele-therapy services. BCC is also accepting new clients! We are also able to handle in-person sessions while practicing physical social distancing. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704, US
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