The Counselling Department continues to function well under the auspices of the Bangalore Diocese. The department currently operates in two regions i.e.; Bangalore and Hyderabad. The Counselling Service is here to help the needy gain understanding and insight into any difficulties that they may be experiencing, to develop emotional resilience and put into effect real change, enabling you to fulfil your personal potential. The department currently focuses on premarital counselling, family counselling etc. This Service offers free and confidential support, but it is not an emergency service. Pre-marital counselling is held every second Saturday of the month at the Diocesan Centre Bangalore and St. Andrews Orthodox Valiya Palli, Secundrabad.
Pre-marital counselling functions to prepare Christian individuals to better understand their expectations about marriage based on Biblical principles and address any significant differences in a safe and neutral environment. Pre-marital counselling is scheduled once a month on every second Saturday.
The counselling sessions are conducted under the able direction and guidance of our beloved Thirumeni H. G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, who would ensure to take a session subject to His Grace’s availability.The one-day counselling is split into seven sessions mainly dealing with Physiological aspects, Psychological aspects, Legal aspects, Theology and family, Sacramental aspects, Communication in family life and Sociological aspects.The goal of the team handling the sessions is to identify and address the potential areas of conflict that are seen in a relationship which when left unresolved becomes a serious concern in continuing a godly, contented and Christ-honouring marriage.Individuals are taught to address probable conflicts with effective strategies to resolving a conflict.The sessions are held in an interactive manner involving the benefiting individuals to share their views and expectations of marriage, which makes it quite interesting for them to sit through the day.