Families are the most important building cells of our society. Healthy families strengthen churches, businesses and communities. Sometimes families find themselves in a pattern that is not working, or even dangerous. The cost to families of dysfunction include financial, social, educational and spiritual pain. Family counseling will be helpful when peace seems illusive and communication is unhealthy. As an organization that values healthy relationships, we believe we can help you decide if counseling may be helpful to you and your family.

Shield Bearer assists people who are struggling with family problems. Shield Bearer offers highly trained and educated counselors who can provide the kind of confidentiality and specialized treatment plan that can help get people started in the right direction.

Making the Call for a Phone Assessment

Trained professionals are available by phone during office hours to provide information that will help you decide what is best for you. Please call 281-894-7222 for a phone assessment. During the call you will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as provide specific information about your situation.

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers is a nonprofit charitable organization and we will attempt to find a way to work within your budget. During your first session you and your counselor will decide how frequently to meet, but generally sessions are one time per week. Some issues may be resolved in one session while others may take several sessions.

If you are in a dangerous situation or are not sure about your safety, call 911 to go to the nearest emergency room.

Options for Families

During the call we will assess what service type might best fit your needs at this time. We offer a variety of relationship assistance based upon your needs as a family.

Family Counseling Services

When persistent and constant arguing and communication problems are causing any family member pain, if there seems to be a family member who is frequently acting out, or when a family is working through a tragedy or unexpected stressful event, professional family counseling services will be helpful.

Professional family counseling services usually includes additional individual sessions with some or all family members. We are occasionally able to have all sessions around the same time to reduce the number of transportation trips to the office. Trained professionals are available by phone during office hours to provide information that will help you decide what is best for you. Please call 281-894-7222 for a phone assessment. During the call you will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as provide specific information about your situation.

Live, Love and Parent – Parenting Class

Parenting is very rewarding but at times it can be quite challenging. Shield Bearer is a leader in the movement for healthy relationships. We offer a weekly parenting class focused on parenting children ages 8 and older. Call 281-894-7222 to learn when the Parenting Class offerings are available.

Learn strategies to enhance your relationship with your child(ren). Gain knowledge about how to recognize breakdowns in communication and improve communication skills. Become skilled at maintaining healthy boundaries, problem solving and using positive techniques for managing negative behavior. Discover effective methods for improving your child’s self-esteem and building confidence.

This eight week parenting class is a court and CPS approved research based parenting class.

CoParenting Class for Divorcing Parents

Parenting is generally challenging, but is much more difficult during times of family trauma, such as divorce. Shield Bearer is a leader in the movement for healthy relationships. We offer a semi-monthly CoParenting class the meets criteria for Family Law Court Requirements. Call 281-894-7222 to learn when the next CoParenting Class offerings are available.

Discover what to expect from children throughout their growth and development in order to maintain their childhood through and following the divorce. Learn strategies to help children with normal feelings of anger, fear, grief and loss. Gain knowledge about how to communicate for the sake of the child(ren) in spite of negative feelings about the ex. Recognize the need for co-parenting and consistent discipline in the two homes. Work through problems focused on the child’s best interests. Uncover the best approaches to introducing any new relationships and re-marriage for your children’s sake.

This eight hour parenting class is a court approved research based parenting class.

Couples Relationship Workshops and Weekends

Shield Bearer is a leader in the movement for healthy relationships. We offer a couple of relationship workshops or weekends a month. The cost of the workshops and weekends vary depending on any partnering organizations, schools or churches. During workshops or weekends, couples will have the opportunity to invest in their relationship to rekindle, reconnect and recommit.

If you find that communication seems to be the problem and you frequently argue over chores, money, sex, parenting, in-laws, boundaries with friends, etc. then a weekend workshop will likely be helpful to your relationship. Topics usually include:

  • Speaking and Hearing Truth
  • Courageous Conversations
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Healthy Expectations
  • Love, Romance and Sex

Intervene: Healing What Hurts

Change is difficult. We believe change is helped through the crucial information provided in Intervene. Shield Bearer is a leader in the movement for healthy relationships. Bringing a whole self to relationships with family, friends and coworkers strengthens relationships and life satisfaction. Call 281-894-7222 to learn when Intervene: Healing What Hurts is available.

Discover the courage to change. Break free from the control trap and find a way to love that works. Uncover answers to questions about being stuck and out of control. Explore the drama of family and the circle of love. Learn the art of self care and how to have freedom to be who God made you to be.

This five week class is a court and CPS approved research based addictions class. The cost is $25 per session of a one time fee of $100.

Practice Healthy Communication at Home

One of the most important things you can do to strengthen your family is to practice healthy communication.  Some times having a conversation with our family members can be the most stressful conversations in our lives.  If we practice healthy communication on a daily basis, our conversations about tough issues will be easier to begin.  Shield Bearer recommends that families spend time together face to face in conversation.

There a many places to have a positive interaction and conversation every day.  One of the best places to have a daily conversation is during meal time.  Many parents struggle with how to begin a conversation that does not end up in an argument.  That is why we have developed this free resource: Family Dinner Conversation Starters.  You can download them now here free, and begin using them today!