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Updated: Jun 27, 2023



VINEYARD PLACE COUNSELING CENTER

A Certified Academic Institute

Where we Teach – Train – License – Counsel the whole Person.


Dr. Alma Allen, A Board Certified Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor – Advanced, Certified Temperament Pastor Counselor, also hold a Doctorate Degree in Theology, Christian Counseling and Ministry. The Dean of Vineyard Place Biblical Seminary since 2006.


Since I received credentials as a CAI God has blessed me with 14 students and has allowed two of the credentialed counselors to open their own practices and has opened up opportunities to be an Inspirational Speaker, Counselor, and a Panel Advisor with our local Harris County Crime Victim Department under Vineyard Place Counseling Services.


Our teaching and Counseling method allows Christian Counselors to utilize, the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their sessions. They impart wisdom, knowledge, and counsel to the afflicted. In some cases, they become confessors, spiritual mentors, and spiritual directors to their spiritual children. The Paul-Timothy relationship as found in Scripture develops between spiritual parent and spiritual child.


The program at VPCC in Christian Counseling attempts to teach or enhance already existing knowledge of counselors or clergy who everyday give counsel to the doubtful. The courses are aimed at introducing the student to Christian Counseling themes and ideas for mentorship. The program also carries a pastoral level of care which is complemented in other programs at Vineyard Place Biblical Seminary, Christian Grief Counseling and Pastoral Care.


It is the hope of VPCC that those who become certified in this program continue to share the light of Christ to their spiritual clients and find in Christ, the ultimate paradigm. Christ ultimately is the greatest counselor who can heal our inner suffering and despair.



Reverend Dr. Julius C Allen, Sr and I have established and walked together as a Pastoral Team since 2006 in ministry at the Vineyard Place International Ministries and the Vineyard Place Community Development Corporation. In Which they are all under IRS – approved 501c3.

  • Our Goals are to Provide spiritual assessments of clients.

  • Provide spiritual support based on a Christian perspective.

  • Assist clients with spiritual issues that may be affecting their health care status or conditions.

  • Teach clients principles related to Christianity when issues come up regarding, health care and health decision making.

  • Participate with clients in prayer as requested by the clients and/or families.

  • Provide spiritual assessment and support to health care professional staff when requested.

  • Provide a common spiritual bridge for clients who are facing challenging issues with their health care and need support in decision making.

  • Refer clients to proper clergy based on defined assessment of the client’s spiritual needs.

  • Supply spiritual support and education to client’s families when it is appropriate and requested.

  • Help clients by providing spiritual support and education when they are faced with issues related to death and dying.

  • Be a liaison with the client’s church community when they are away from the community due to health challenges.

  • Maintain ongoing education in spiritual practices and in Christian counseling for professional development and continued competency in spiritual work and counseling.


Our focus is relying on our foundational scripture of John 15

15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

This role is always in a dynamic development and is practiced with strong legal and ethical considerations at all times. The role is strongly supported by solid and sound spiritual and Christian teachings, principles, and philosophies.

If you haven’t yet applied for your (NCCA) courses in Counseling, please prayerfully consider doing so today. We as Counselors/Persons know that this world needs to hear God’s last-day message—and He is calling you and me to join in this exciting harvesting work for the kingdom of heaven!


As a graduate of National Christian Counseling Association and ongoing as becoming one of the world’s most active Certified Academic Institutions, I’ve seen first-hand the positive results our training makes in people’s lives—they become bold witnesses and better Christians. They make lifelong friends too. So, if you want to help spread the good news and hasten the return of Jesus, I know that NCCA is the place for you.


Our gifted, compassionate instructors will teach you everything you need to know about sharing your faith and will guide you every step of the way. Even better, you’ll put your training into practice with our Arno Profile System Reports—working directly with the person at hand by discovering one of their five temperaments.



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