Counseling Services


The purpose of the counseling services we offer is to equip the body of believers with resources, education and guidance to strengthen emotional well-being based upon biblical principals.


Our mission is to minister to the needs of the believer as they experience stress due to life circumstances. They will be provided with support in a safe environment to learn healthy coping skills based upon God's word.



The purpose of the counseling services we offer is to equip the body of believers with resources, education and guidance to strengthen emotional well-being based upon biblical principals.


Our mission is to minister to the needs of the believer as they experience stress due to life circumstances. They will be provided with support in a safe environment to learn healthy coping skills based upon God's word.


Services We Offer

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. (Proverbs 20:5)


1. Pastoral Counseling

2. Marriage/Pre-marital Counseling

3. Grief Counseling

4. Individual Counseling

5. Family Counseling

6. Mediation







BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

Black Community

  • Loveland Foundation
  • Therapy for Black Girls
  • Inclusive Therapists
  • Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
  • Therapy for Black Men
  • California Black Women’s Health Project
  • Liberate
  • Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM)


Canaan's Corner

What is Mental Illness?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness one out four persons will experience a mental illness during the span of their lifetime. What this means is that an event or circumstance can affect ones ability to manage and cope with tasks in their daily routine.


A person can experience a number of symptoms that are difficult to control. The severity of the symptoms can vary from difficulty in sleeping, changes in appetite, loss of interest in activities, irritability, poor concentration. In other situations one can hear voices, have difficulty remembering significant events or have thoughts of harming themselves.


It should be noted that the loss reality or psychotic disorders happens in approximately 3% of the population. Therefore it is more commonly reported that a person will experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, an adjustment disorder or trauma during their lifetime.


How one responds to any of these situations varies based upon their coping skills, resiliency and awareness of resources. First Baptist Church is committed to providing education and information that will assist the body of believer's in recognizing the warning signs of mental illness. This page will provide tools that will empower the believer in becoming an informed consumer. In addition there will be practical tips on ways to reduce stress. We hope that you will find this page to be a valuable resource in the months to come.



Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days and hours before people kill themselves, there are usually clues and warning signs.


The strongest and most disturbing signs are verbal—“I can’t go on”; “Nothing matters any more”; or even “I’m thinking of ending it all.” Such remarks should always be taken seriously. [If you notice any of these things happening with a participant, DO NOT allow him or her to leave alone. You must get help immediately even if it’s calling 911. Better to err on the side of caution.



  • Becoming depressed or withdrawn
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Getting affairs in order and giving away valued possessions Showing a marked change in behavior, attitudes, or appearance Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Suffering a major loss or life change
  • Suddenly becoming extremely happy after a period of depression


  • Family history of suicide or violence
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Death of a close friend or family member
  • Divorce or separation, ending a relationship
  • Failing academic performance, impending exams, exam results Job loss, problems at work
  • Impending legal action
  • Recent imprisonment or upcoming release


  • Crying
  • Fighting
  • Breaking the law Impulsiveness
  • Self-mutilation
  • Writing about death and suicide Previous suicidal behavior Extremes of behavior Changes in behavior


  • Lack of energy
  • Disturbed sleep patterns – sleeping too much or too little Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Increase in minor illnesses
  • Change of sexual interest
  • Sudden change in appearance
  • Lack of interest in appearance


  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Loneliness – lack of support from family and friends Rejection, feeling marginalized
  • Deep sadness or guilt
  • Unable to see beyond a narrow focus Daydreaming
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Helplessness
  • Loss of self-worth

Below is a website and an 800 number to keep handy in case you have anyone in your group with suicidal tendencies.


The website also provides suicide helplines in several other countries and other important information:


Suicide hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

This information is presented for educational and informational purposes. It should not be used as a substitute for intervention by a mental health professional or church leader. While the early intervention of a family member or friend can be part of the process of preventing suicide, it is essential that you seek professional help at the earliest possible point.


Befrienders Worldwide, Used by permission.


Grief Support


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Click here to access Zoom meeting


Weekly session topics

Here is a snapshot of key themes found in each of the 13 GriefShare session videos.

1. Is This Normal?

  • You’ll discover why your grief experience is harder than you imagined
  • Why the intensity and duration of your emotions are normal and appropriate
  • Despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope

2. Challenges of Grief

  • You’ll learn more eye-opening reasons why your pain is so overwhelming
  • Some of the overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit
  • How to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy

3. The Journey of Grief – Part One

  • You’ll learn helpful goals to set on your journey of grief
  • How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief
  • How long the journey of grief typically lasts

4. The Journey of Grief – Part Two

  • You’ll learn why it’s important to put effort into your healing
  • How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief
  • The best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings

5. Grief and Your Relationships

  • You’ll find out how the death of a loved one affects your friendships
  • Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse
  • How to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief

6. Why?

  • This session demonstrates that God wants you to share your feelings with Him
  • Why being honest with God is an expression of faith
  • What God has to say to you about your “why” questions

7. Guilt and Anger

  • You’ll learn how to deal with false guilt
  • How to grieve conflicted relationships
  • How to handle grief-related anger

8. Complicating Factors

  • You’ll begin to see how traumatic experiences affect grief
  • How to deal with nightmares and flashbacks
  • How your thinking affects your emotions

9. Stuck

  • You’ll discover how to prevent getting stuck in grief
  • Common misconceptions that hinder healing
  • Why your path to healing isn’t always smooth?

10. Lessons of Grief – Part One

  • You’ll become aware of an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful
  • Why going to church can be so difficult?
  • The benefits of helping others

11. Lessons of Grief – Part Two

  • This session provides a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone
  • Why no one grieves perfectly
  • What grief can teach you about relationships

12. Heaven

  • Session 12 answers questions about heaven and the afterlife, such as what heaven is like
  • Whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one
  • Whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven
  • And many more

13. What Do I Live for Now?

  • You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity
  • Why it’s a process
  • Why peace and pain will always coexist



Church Anniversary Volunteers Tuesday, Jul 23 @ 6:00 PM
Corporate Prayer Call Wednesday, Jul 24 @ 11:30 AM
Corporate Prayer Call Wednesday, Jul 24 @ 6:00 PM
Corporate Prayer Call Saturday, Jul 27 @ 8:00 AM
Children's Church Sunday, Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM


Sunday Morning

10:00 AM  Worship Service


Wednesday Midday & Evening

11:30 AM Prayer

12:00 PM  Bible Study

7:00 PM  Bible Study

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204 0dessa Ave.
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Phone: (925) 432-7498
Email: [email protected]

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