About Us

Vision:

Olive Tree seeks to encourage, restore, and equip people so they may increasingly experience and share God’s transformation, wholeness, and peace.

Mission Statement:

Olive Tree is a Christian counseling center equipped to provide an array of professional mental health services to increase individual as well as relational health and resilience. We serve cross-cultural and local personnel of non-governmental organizations within Eurasia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Core Valuesscreen-capture-1:

OUR SOURCE: We are committed to honor Jesus Christ and glorify God, remaining flexible and responsive to the Holy Spirit in all that He has called us to be and do.

OUR STRENGTH: We are committed to Biblical truths and to clinical excellence in the delivery of all our resources, services, and training.

OUR SERVICE: We are committed to the people we serve, providing effective, competent, and accessible services.

OUR STAFF: We are committed to functioning well as a team and modeling Christ-centered relationships.

 

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Description

There is a significant need for care in a region like this where people live with a fairly high level of uncertainty, danger, trauma, extra work-related challenges, and often difficult living situations. The counseling team of licensed mental health professionals provides brief intensive therapeutic services, assessments, individual, couple, and family therapy, counseling for adolescents and children, crisis debriefing, and trauma counseling. Staff have developed and are available to present workshops on requested topics such as living with uncertainty, a theology of suffering, stress management, marriage enrichment, parenting, team building, conflict resolution, and work/rest balance. Staff also provide consultation for administrators, counselors, and member care workers.

Though the counseling center serves as our base, our staff are also mobile. We can easily travel when a need arises or when invited to provide care in country.

History

In the fall of 2010 a feasibility study was conducted with administrators and member care workers regarding the need for a full service counseling center to serve workers in the Middle East, Central and West Asia, North Africa and Eastern Europe. The feedback was that such a center was needed. Therefore, a founding board was appointed to define the mission, form guidelines, create a plan, choose staff, approve a startup budget, and raise funds. We currently have a director and four counselors available and expect two additional staff within the next year.

Financial

Olive Tree Counseling Center is supported solely by suggested donations for services provided; no fees are charged. None of our professional staff earn income from their services at the center. All donations collected are directed to maintaining the center and its ability to provide high quality supportive services.