The Listening Ear was birthed as a result of a personal experience. During the process of my divorce, I was going through a very rough time and I wished I had someone I could call who would listen to me, show some empathy and love and also pray with me. According to Michael Nichols, PhD, “the essence of good listening is empathy, which can be achieved only by suspending our preoccupation with ourselves and entering into the experience of the other person.” Everybody needs a listening ear. Someone who hears us and cares, and also confirms that our feelings are legitimate and recognizable.
There are three arms of The Listening Ear.
A) The Listening Arm:
- At The Listening Ear, our aim is to listen to you. A problem shared is half solved.
- When you call, we give you our full attention.
- At the other end of the line is someone who is willing to listen to you while you unburden and pour out your heart.
- At the end of the call, we will be willing to pray with you.
- If you need further assistance, we can schedule you to speak with a Trained Spiritual Counselor
- The first 15 minutes is free except in life threatening situations where we remain on the line with you while we make necessary contacts that can further assist you.
We are a part of a non-profit organization, so your financial gift and generous offering will help us listen to more people.
B) The Spiritual Counseling Arm:
Dr. Tope Ade is a trained Spiritual Counselor and Educator. She obtained a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry Degree with concentration in Church Ministries and Leadership from Oral Roberts University, College of Theology and Ministry and has recently completed a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with concentration in Marriage and Family Ministries from Regent University, Virginia. Dr. Tope Ade is also a Certified Christian Life Coach and a Member of the ACPE (Association of Certified Pastoral Educators). She combines her Psychosocial Skills with her experience as a Spirit-Empowered Bible Teacher and Pastor to make assessments and help those in need. Resources are made available to clients, with necessary referrals to Clinical Psychologists when needed.
If you are already seeing a Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrists, make us a part of your care plan to handle the spiritual part of your journey to wholeness.
Areas of Specialization:
- • Domestic Abuse Victims/Survivors
- • Self- Image Issues
- • Women Issues
- • Machoism/Machismo
- • Sexual Abuse/Assault Victims
- • Pre-Marital Counseling
- • Marriage Counseling
- • Family Dynamics
- • The Blended Family
- • Divorce Recovery
- • Dealing with Life Changes
- • Finding Your Life’s Purpose
- • Grief Counseling
- • Biblical Manhood/Womanhood
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. Why do I need to talk a Spiritual Counselor when I can talk to my Pastor or Religious Leader?
Answer: Your pastor is doing a great job shepherding you and teaching you the word of God. He/She often doubles up as a spiritual caregiver in most cases. The job of a pastor is very stressful, and adding counseling to it can be overwhelming. We are here to help free your pastors from the additional burden of counseling; and not all pastors have the training in psychotherapy to give the necessary assessment and have a care plan. Our Spiritual Counselors have enough training to make psychosocial assessment to determine your needs, educate you, counsel you, pray with you and refer you to clinicians if necessary.
2. Do you write prescriptions?
Answer: No. We do not write prescriptions for medication because we are not Clinical Psychologists or Psychiatrists. We have lists of great ones as part of our resources we can recommend and refer you to if needed.
3. What are your methods?
Answer: We do not have a cookie cutter method. Everyone is unique and we create a care plan for you based on the uniqueness of your situation. However, we have a general method of questioning/interviewing to assess your situation before we make our recommendation. We also ask your permission to pray with you and apply other Biblical methods as needed.
4. What is the length of therapy?
Answer: We usually recommend an initial 4 –week plan after which we assess your situation. Sessions can last from anywhere between 4 weeks to several months depending on the severity of the situation. Clients can also take breaks in between sessions in what we call The Intermittent Plan.
C) The Coaching/Education Arm:
Under this arm, we have classes that have been designed and formatted to help you. These courses are a combination of Life Skills, Psychotherapy, Scriptures passages/Bible Teachings, and Practical Theology.
We have individual coaching and Group Coaching Sessions. We have live virtual sessions, pre-recorded classes, and in person sessions at our facility in Frisco Texas or at an agreed upon designated location.
• Individual Coaching
• Group Coaching
• VIP Day Coaching Intensive