- Phone: (480) 894-2201
- Mailing Address: 1200 E. Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282
People Help is a lay counseling center within Grace Community Church that exists to help people work through obstacles that hinder spiritual, mental, and/or emotional development, in an environment where the counselee can feel safe and secure. People Help is not only for members of Grace, but for people in our community as well (only adults 18+). At People Help, we offer an integrative approach to counseling (Biblical and cognitive) at no cost to the counselee. (Please note that we are equipped to counsel individuals only. Referrals will be offered for couples and family counseling.)
People Help is not considered a crisis center, but rather, a short-term Christian lay counseling facility. If this is an emergency, please dial 911, MMIC Crisis Line at (800) 564-5465, or Empact at (480) 784-1500.
For an intake appointment, please call Nancy Shippy, (480) 829-0130 and leave a message. She will return the call to set up the appointment. After completing the intake information and appropriate forms, you will have up to a 1-hour appointment with an intake counselor.
During this appointment a determination will be made as to how to best help you in one of the following ways: Lay counselor, professional volunteer or outside professional counselor (fee required).
If the intake counselor makes the determination People Help could be of service, you will be offered no-fee, short-term, Christian counseling for 10 weekly sessions. You will be assigned to one of our lay counselors. However, there may be some cases where the intake counselor will make the determination we are unable to offer help at a level which would be beneficial to the counselee (i.e., substance abuse, psychosis, conditions requiring medication, or any issue requiring longer-term counseling). In that event, a referral will be offered for outside professional help (fee required).
Please open, print, complete, and sign the appropriate forms prior to your intake appointment.
Since intake appointments are in high demand, please help us serve our community better by keeping your scheduled intake appointment. If you are unable to do so, please call Nancy at 480-829-0130 as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule. We also ask you to provide at least 24 hours notice. We will make every attempt to reschedule within 1 week after a missed appointment, providing 24 hours notice was given.
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm (last appointment begins at 7 pm).
Note: There is no childcare available for Counseling Center appointments.
We are located just west of the Connection Center. Park on the north.
Everyone has problems. Sometimes all that is needed is one session to talk over a difficult situation with a listening ear. We are now offering "Listening Ear" where a trained lay counselor will meet with you for one hour. No need to fill out application paperwork or have an intake assessment. Please call Nancy Shippy at 480-829-0130 to set up an appointment directly with the counselor. Since scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of time specifically for you, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for rescheduling or canceling an appointment. Not providing 24 hours notice would constitute a “no-show.” A no-show will not be rescheduled. Additionally, there is no child or pet care available during your scheduled appointment times.If your counselor determines that your situation needs more time, he or she will recommend you complete the process to have ten sessions through People Help.