Life can be tough...help is available

The Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Counseling Ministry is dedicated to help all kinds of people through life’s struggles. Life is filled with predictable, but challenging, transitions like parenting, surviving adolescence, empty nesting, becoming a grandparent, retirement, moving . . . just to name a few. The list seems endless. Sometimes life throws us a curve and we have difficulty coping with death, addictions, adultery, serious illnesses and other life crises. Whether you need counseling as an individual, couple, family, or for children we are standing by to help. Please reach out and call – we are ready and willing to help you find solutions and relief.

Our mission

We are helpers who guide people to the ultimate healer, God. By integrating biblical principles with counseling, we utilize basic elements of the Christian faith: confession, forgiveness, mercy and grace – all essential components to better living. We strive to create an environment of grace where people in our congregation and the community may experience acceptance, encouragement, redirection, hope for change, and a vision for God’s power and purpose in their lives.

Our Counseling Ministry features several options:

Professional Counseling

Low fee professional counseling is provided by Diana Dicker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Lic. #80425). Diana is a 20-year veteran of the business world and graduated from Western Seminary with a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and specializes in Children, Adolescents, Couples, and Individuals. Diana’s approach to therapy is based on the premise that each person has the ability to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Stress, lack of knowledge, losses, family and society pressures, all affect our self-portrait.  Self-image and relationships are not static: they are dynamically changing. Therefore, a person can develop a more accurate and healthier view of oneself. For more information about Diana click here.

The office is currently located at 5330 Primrose Drive, Suite 240 in Fair Oaks. The fee for session is $50.  Before your first session, click on the link below to download a copy of the Intake Form.  You’ll want to fill this out and bring the form with you to your first scheduled visit.

Contact Diana at 916/967-5421 or by email didicker@mac.com.

Paraclete Lay Counseling

The Paraclete lay counseling ministry is firmly rooted in Christian values, ethics, and principles and is based on the idea that all Christians are the ministers of the church. A Paraclete comes alongside an individual and uses helping and problem solving skills—all the while remembering that Christ is the Healer. These lay counselors are trained and supervised by the Director of Counseling Ministries, Toni Horvath, LMFT (Lic. #31439). They provide additional support to the pastoral staff by reaching more people in the congregation and in the community. Our ministry consists of two components:

  1. The training and commissioning of lay counselors, and
  2. Providing lay counseling ministry to the community at no charge.

Contact Sherry Brockmyer at 967-4784, ex. 876, or email

Grief Recovery Classes

Whether the death of a loved one was recent, or some time ago, this very special course may be for you or someone you know. FOPC reaches out not only to its own congregation but also to the community to assist hurting people in an intentional way through the grief process.

This class is strictly confidential, and held in a caring, Christian environment. Classes are closed after the first week. Sharing in a private setting is healing and also enables a person to grieve a loved one in healthy and helpful ways. Closed after 1st session.

Next Class: Tuesdays, September 12 – October 17, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 PM
in the Chapel