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Alan Pickering
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Attended Abilene Christian University
Lives in Colleyville, TX
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Therapeutic Groups: Dr. Pickering offers a number of therapeutic groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Each group must have a minimum of six participants. The fees range from $10-$20 per participant per session depending on the particular group and the number of people attending. If you have an interest in a group or in forming a group, the process is relatively simple, please contact Dr. Pickering. The following groups are currently being offered and open for formation: It’s My Turn Now: Overcoming Smoking (6 one-hour sessions) Betrayed: Surviving an Affair (4-6 one-hour sessions) Living in an Age of Rage: Understanding and Controlling the Emotion of Anger (4-6 one-hour sessions) Assert Yourself: Be Firm! Stand Up for Yourself! Be a Good Steward of Your Life! (3 one-hour sessions) Training Groups: Becoming an Effective People Helper (Lay and Pastoral Counseling) (6 two-hour sessions) Theological Study Groups: So, What’s the Point: How to Find Significance and Meaning in Life (Ecclesiastes) (6 one-hour sessions) How to Live an Extraordinary Life in a Secular Post-Modern Culture (Daniel) (6 one-hour sessions) Probing the Depths of Biblical Christianity (formerly called Sharpening the Sword): Studies in Systematic Theology (God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Scripture, Angels, Satan & Demons, Salvation, Church, Righteousness, Sin, Last Things) (13 two-hour sessions) Weddings and Funerals: Dr. Pickering has conducted hundreds of weddings (through his involvement with the church and counseling) and funerals (through his work with hospice and nearly 3000 patients). He is honored to conduct either weddings or funerals, and considers this a tremendous bonding experience with couples and families. However, this specialized ministry is labor-intensive. He usually spends many hours in preparatioin to conduct the best and most significant experience for families during these special occasions. Often the time to prepare and conduct these special occasions requires reallocating time from other commitments either in counseling, ministry, speaking engagements, writing, or with his family. Therefore, an honorarium is required. The following fees are expected for this special ministry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: $250 for Weddings (which includes rehearsal time), $200 for Funerals (which may include graveside service). Dr. Pickering will not conduct weddings unless the couple has had at least 6 sessions in premarital counseling (three of which would be covered through his seminar Essentials Every Couple Needs for a Happy, Healthy & Successful Relationship that is offered periodically in the DFW area) and undergone compatibility and personality testing (usually the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis conducted by Dr. Pickering and his Marital Intimacy Inventory).
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  • Ultimate Life
    Counselor, present
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Dr. F. Alan Pickering’s private practice is offered at different sites in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Sites include downtown Ft. Worth, Dallas, Springtown, Haltom City, Arlington, McKinney, Garland, and Plano. If you are interested in counseling, please contact him on his cell at 817.807.6869 or email him at ultimatelife@aol.com.
Introduction
What about counseling? Fortunately we are living in an era when having a therapist and getting counseling is quite the thing to do. Counseling is no longer a stigma that it used to be, because there has surfaced a realization that we are all quite flawed and need help in life, and there are no exceptions—“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” From a theological standpoint, we are depraved and have been dramatically affected by living East of Eden on a fallen planet. We have been sinned against (abused, neglected, rejected, ridiculed, ignored, etc.). Sadly, we all walk with some kind of emotional, cognitive, or behavioral “limp.” To admit that then allows a person to face himself and consider seeking resources for growth. Alan believes that many people will not make significant progress in life without specific instruction, input, strategies, unconditional acceptance, and “coaching.” Counseling helps a person learn how to deal with the issues of his/her life, become more effective, and experience God’s best. Counseling is ultimately about getting life right, finding the most appropriate wisdom for your relationships, marriage, parenting, finances, family, etc., and living in the most effective, productive, significant, and rewarding way that is possible for your life.

Alan’s joy is in serving people to become more effective with life and thus bringing glory to God. Alan will assess your thinking, emotions, and behavior, relationships, and develop interventions, strategies, and a game plan that will help you move down the road of life in the best ways.
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Alan has conducted over 800 people-helping seminars throughout the United States and abroad. He is a member of the American Association of Christian counselors, a certified instructor for the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, and developed the Marital Intimacy Inventory. Alan has been married for 32 years and raised five children into young adulthood. He received a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Harding University. He has been intermittently working on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Alan serves as a pastoral counselor at Park Hill Church, Haltom City Christian Church, Northeast Church, Hillcrest Christian Church, Cross Bend Christian Church and Destiny Church in the DFW Metroplex area. He is also a grief and spiritual counselor for AllStar Hospice.
Education
  • Abilene Christian University
    M.Div.
  • Bethel University
    M.A. MFT
  • Harding University
    D.Min.
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