Frequently Asked Questions

What is Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers?

It is a non-profit service provider of personal and group counseling, educational seminars, retreat leadership, assessment, and organizational and church  consultation within a Christian perspective. Counseling services are offered at two primary and two satellite centers. Educational services are provided at churches, schools and businesses throughout the Greater Houston  area.  ISCC is accredited by The Samaritan Institute in Denver, Colorado.

What is ISCC’s Mission Statement?

Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center encourages human development by providing counseling and educational services from a Christian perspective.

Where And When Are These Services Available?

Interface-Samaritan has two full  service counseling centers and three satellite centers. Primary centers are open from
8 a.m. –8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday.

Primary centers are the Galleria Area center, located at  4803 San Felipe on the campus of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, and the 1960 Area center, located at 6823 Cypresswood Drive in Spring on the campus of Cypress Creek Christian Church. Satellite centers in  Richmond/Rosenburg, Missouri City and West Houston are open by appointment.

Educational seminars are presented at the Galleria Area center and at churches, schools and businesses throughout the Greater  Houston area.  See Office Hours and Locations (CREATE LINK)

What Does The Counseling Cost?

As a nonprofit organization with limited support from other sources, fees are necessary  to the organization’s existence. Counseling services are assessed on a sliding fee scale made possible by contributions from churches and friends. Medical insurance may be used to absorb part of a client’s fee. Normal  sessions are 50 minutes in length. Payment for each session is due at the time of the visit. You will be charged for all scheduled appointments unless cancellation notice is received AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR to the appointment time so that the time may be rescheduled.

If I Go To Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers, Does It Mean That I Am “Ill”?

No! In using the total health  concept, we do not necessarily assume that people who want our help are ill; consequently, those to whom we offer services are designated as clients and not patients. Building on the ideal of promoting wholeness of life, we are sensitive to the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of living. We affirm that for people to be whole, they must be one with their Creator, at home with themselves, comfortable and straight in their dealing with others, and operating from a strong value base that allows for participation and commitment to causes beyond themselves. While some mental problems may have a medical or genetic cause, most of our stressful experiences or problems in living emanate from the manner in which we relate and communicate with God, others and ourselves. Therefore, we are not dealing with ill individuals most of the time, but with people who are communicating and relating with one another in dysfunctional ways.

Do I Have To Be A Christian To Receive Services At Interface-Samaritan Counseling Services?

No. Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, class, culture or sexual orientation. All are welcome to come for counseling services.  The therapists at Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers respect our clients’ choices regarding spirituality and faith. While all of the therapists are committed to a personal relationship with Christ, they also understand that everyone has their own spiritual path to experience. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the client’s spiritual journey and what it has meant to him or her – regardless of religious preference. Some of our clients choose not to discuss their spiritual beliefs during therapy, and this is fine, too.   

WhatDoes “Christian Service Organization” Mean?

Each staff member is committed to a personal faith in Jesus Christ and is active in his or her own church, spanning  several different denominations. Staff members practice professional expertise within a Christian understanding of life and relationships, viewing their work as a ministry of God’s healing love through their care and  skills

What Is Interface-Samaritan’s Connection With The Churches?

Founded in 1972 by the Presbytery of New Covenant and local Presbyterian churches, Interface-Samaritan serves in  partnership with the Presbyterian Church USA and other faith communities throughout Houston to extend the human needs ministry of the local church. It reinforces the active involvement of clients in their own spiritual  communities. Clients are referred to Interface-Samaritan by pastors of more than 80 area churches. Rapid response consultation is available to pastors of churches in partnership with Interface-Samaritan. A portion of  the center’s operating expenses are funded by individual Presbyterian churches, and representatives of those churches serve on the board of directors.