Getting Help

All of us hit patches of life where we can use a hand. We’re not a community of perfect people with shiny lives; we’re normal people with normal struggles who help each other and trust our extraordinary God to turn our trials into goodness in His timing.

If you’re in need of help, reach out! This is a place where it’s safe to struggle. There are people who want to help, and walk with you in the journey toward wholeness and healing.

  • Our prayer team would love to pray for anything that is on your heart. You can join us Tuesday evenings at 7pm, or email your request.
  • We strongly encourage everyone to be part of a life group. These are the spots where people will get to know you, and where you can develop relationships where it’s safe to be honest and to support one another. Contact Charles Burleson to get involved (Charles@fbcslo.org).
  • If you’d like to speak to a pastor, call our office at 805.543.0945 Monday–Thursday, 8:30a–4:30p to schedule a time.

If you are considering harming yourself, please call 800-549-4499 to speak to someone right now. It’s confidential and free.

Listen to our recent message on depression and suicide here.


local counselors

If you are struggling or experiencing depression, anxiety or upheaval in your personal life or marriage, we encourage you to seek the help of a trained counselor. The following are people we have found helpful in the past:

Brad Rudd (Zoradi, Rudd and Ortiz associates). 805 541-0553  
Brad has counseled for more than 20 years, and is excellent for marriage or personal therapy needs.  

Richard & Kathy Harrison,  “Touching Hearts" 805-473-4801. Available T-Fri. Specializes in marriage counseling & individual counseling. $75.00 an hour & offers sliding pay scale.  Often counsel together, strongly based on Biblical principles, especially sensitive to severe crisis marriage needs, recovery from infidelity.

Brent Estes, Children/Family Counselor. 805-528-060. Brent specializes in children counseling. Excellent reputation, biblical, gracious kind and insightful.  

Dale Barrett, Full Life Coaching, Certified Pastoral Counselor. 209-403-2296. $85 an hour (can adjust rates). Available Tues/Th. Specializes in Marriage and Family Counseling & Substance Abuse.

Steve Zoradi (Zoradi, Rudd and Ortiz associates) 805-541-0553. Biblically based.