"Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
In addition to serving as the volunteer Director of Women's Ministry for FBC, Martina "Tina" Boquet is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) working under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where she completed a Master of Arts in Counseling with Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Tina accepts people where they are spiritually and seeks to involve God in the healing process. Thus, one of her primary goals is to encourage people to establish, develop or enhance a meaningful relationship with Him as they engage in counseling. She works with individuals, couples, families, and groups with various concerns including anxiety, depression, anger management, grief and loss, relationship issues, life management skills, career issues, trauma, and faith and spiritual development.
- Integration of cognitive-behavior therapy, brief solution-focused, and family systems theories all based on Christian principles
- PREPARE/ENRICH premarital and marriage enrichment facilitator
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained
- American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA)
Or call the church office (985) 851-2520
Email Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ-centered, biblically based counseling recognizes Scripture as the ultimate source of truth. While secular counseling seeks to make an individual happy through self-fulfillment, Christians believe true peace and joy are found through a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As a Christian, your counselor utilizes only those psychological principles and techniques that are compatible with biblical principles.
This is an individual who has graduated with a master's degree and is working toward full licensure under direct supervision. PLPCs are required to follow all guidelines instilled by the Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.
Your first session is a time for you and your counselor to get to know one another. There will be some paperwork involved, but you will have the opportunity to share your story and your reason for coming to counseling. You and your counselor will discuss your goals and begin planning to meet them.
Paperwork and "housekeeping" include:
- Completing the client information packet (if you have not already done so)
- Discussing the sliding fee scale to determine the amount you will pay for services
- Reviewing confidentiality and other office policies and procedures
- Discussing your goals for therapy sessions with your therapist and asking questions you may have
- Agreeing on session frequency and scheduling your next appointment
Counseling sessions typically last 45-50 minutes. During this time, you and your counselor will examine the concerns that brought you into counseling. Often, this involves looking at current behavior and thought patterns as well as exploring historical areas like past family or social relationships.
Your commitment and participation in counseling are vitally important. Most clients meet with the counselor on a weekly basis for at least 6 to 8 weeks. At times, the process may be challenging and bring up issues and feelings that you would rather avoid. However, by addressing and dealing with these, you are taking steps toward healing and wholeness.
As a provisionally licensed professional counselor, I am unable to accept insurance. However, services are offered at an affordable price, eliminating the need for clients to utilize their health insurance. Please keep in mind that for clients to use insurance for counseling, they are required to be diagnosed with some form of mental illness/disorder.
Fees may be paid by cash, credit card, or check written to First Baptist Church (FBC).