Counseling Services

We exist to offer hope and encouragement to Texas Baptists struggling with difficult life issues.


Clara Morales

Ministry Assistant, Counseling Services


(214) 828-5474

Our Services Include:

  • Confidential assessment, counseling and referral services for ministers and their families.
  • Counseling resources for all Texas Baptists.
  • Group presentations on mental health topics to promote overall well-being and healthy living.

The Process

  • Contact Katie Swafford at (800) 388-2005 or by email at: .
  • Information regarding your situation will be gathered to identify needs.
  • Financial needs, location and counseling specialties will be considered.
  • Resources or referrals will be offered based upon assessed needs of the individual or family.
  • Counseling subsidy funds for ministers may be allocated per certain criteria and as available.

Substance Abuse

Almost every family and church is impacted in some way by substance abuse. The BGCT’s Christian Life Commission addresses the issue of substance abuse primarily through prevention and education strategies. Click here to learn more.

Interested in becoming a part of the Counseling Network?

Our Approved Professional Network includes a variety of mental health professional disciplines (psychologists, psychiatrists, LPC,LCSW, LMFT, LCDC) who have an interest in serving Christian ministers and their families.

More information on becoming a part of the counseling network…

Grief is a journey – just be present


This is the first article in a three-part series from our Director of Counseling Services on loss which will address how to deal with the emotional impacts of loss through grief, compassion fatigue and finding life in death.

I’ve always heard losses come in “threes.” Well, the past few weeks have gone way beyond that number in my world. I know there are many families and friends grieving – some I know personally and some I only know by name as brothers and sisters in Christ. Most of these losses have come in very tragic situations and circumstances.... [continue]