Lay Counseling

We believe in the efficacy of Christian Counseling at Shoreline Church. Dr. Timothy Clinton states “Christian Counseling proclaims Christ to searching hearts and, by dedicated soul care ministry, raises up people to live fully in his image.”

Issues that necessitate the approach and professional level of a licensed Counselor are referred to trusted resources in the community. Bible-based and Christ-centered, we believe that God is present in every session and we endeavor to hear from Him as we go through the healing process. God is the author of healing, and every effective counseling tool may be utilized.

Affiliated with Shoreline, Nancy Cahalan, MFT, provides excellent professional, Christ-centered, counseling services at a private practice nearby. Nancy works fee for service on a sliding scale. To request an appointment call (831) 238-3674 and your call will be promptly returned.

What Is Lay Counseling?

  • Bible-based counseling by NON-PROFESSIONAL volunteers in a confidential, Christ-centered setting
  • Compassionate listening, encouraging and guiding, on a biblical foundation
  • Goals: to clarify problems, express/share feelings, resolve conflicts, within healthy personal boundaries
  • Connecting clients to local resources of support
  • Includes 6 to 8 sessions within a 90-day time frame, at an off-site location, usually 50 minute sessions
  • Lay Counseling is free of charge to church members and members of the community


What Lay Counseling Is Not

  • Professional therapy or licensed life coaching
  • Counseling for serious life issues like mental illness, addiction, and abuse, where financial resources are limited

Think you can benefit from lay counseling?

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or call us at 831 655-0100 to request a response

Relationship Assessment
for Couples

We are happy to announce that in addition to lay counseling for individuals, we are now offering marriage support sessions for couples. Using the SYMBIS assessment as the foundation, Lay Counselors will guide and direct couples through the resources with a focus on appropriate relationship tools to enhance marriages. Lay Counselors will hold up to six sessions to work through their SYMBIS assessment.

This does not include pre-marital counseling sessions which are done through our pastors.
Restore: Sexual Sanity for Women

Restore for Women

Restore for Women is a Christ-centered anonymous counseling resource for women seeking support and accountability towards stopping sexual sins, including but not limited to, pornography, fornication, homosexuality, and inappropriate fantasy life. If you are struggling in any of these areas, you are not alone. We hope you will reach out to us on this journey to recovery.

If you are interested in meeting with an experienced mentor, please click below to connect with us confidentially.