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Pastoral Counseling Rates

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My fees are payable by cash, card, or check and are based on total household income. For a household with $50,000/annual income or greater, the fee is $110/hour, for $40,000/annual income, the fee is $90/hour, and for anything under $40,000, the fee is $75/hour.

Sessions typically last 50-60 minutes unless requested otherwise.   I am not set up to accept insurance.  I send an invoice by email and cell phone through Square and your invoice can be paid online with your credit card.  Internet counseling is available and effective.

Life Coaching Rates

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Most people seeking a life coach will utilize their coach once a month.  Life coaching rates are the same as Pastoral Counseling Rates, $110 per session.

After ten sessions with a client, I will give the client the eleventh session free as a way of giving back and as a way of saying “thanks” for using me as their coach.

I will also give a free session to anyone that refers me to another person who makes me their life coach.

Most of the Life Coaching sessions will be done via the Internet unless you are close enough to our Gainesville office to schedule an appointment with me there.

To book me as your life coach, send a message to me from this page.  You may also call me or email me.  Look for the information below.

Spiritual Director Rates

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My Spiritual Director Fees are unique.  The first session is the same rate as the Pastoral Counseling and Life Coaching rates, $110.  However,  after the first session, all sessions are only $50.  All sessions will be conducted via the Internet.

I want to make this door as wide open as possible for people who are searching for God, who have questions about God, or just want to engage in an intellectual discussion about God.

A lower fee also clears the way for people to have multiple sessions in a shorter period, as some people may only want to journey for a short period.  Others may want to establish a long-term relationship.  To book me as your Spiritual Director, send me a message from this page.  You may also call me or email me.  Look for the information below.

COVID-19 Protocol

COVID-19 continues to be a public health challenge.  Clients are encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Vaccinated clients are not required to wear a mask indoors, but unvaccinated clients are encouraged to wear a mask for your protection.


Payment in full is expected at the time of each appointment. Please notify me 24 hours in advance of a cancellation to give me time to book another client in that session time.  If you fail to cancel 24 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will be charged the full rate for your missed session.  Two no-shows will automatically terminate the counseling relationship.


John Michael Helms Pastoral Counseling, LLC is affiliated with Andrea Cook and Associates, Inc.  The business is located at 135 Forrest Avenue in Gainesville.  (See Map)

I also have two Jefferson locations where appointments can be arranged.  If you need to arrange a meeting at a Jefferson location, please indicate that on your appointment form or when you call to make an appointment.

Finding Your Way

How to Make An Appointment

Make an Appointment with John Michael Helms

Send An Email

Email to and request two different days and several different times that you are able to meet. I will follow up with a confirmation.

Call Me

Call 678-326-4352 and speak with me personally to schedule an appointment.  If I don’t answer leave a message requesting preferred dates and times.

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