With more than 32 years of experience working for hospitals and hospices, and active military and veteran’s. I established Covington-McGee Christian Counseling to help people who need counseling. My goal is to help people overcome the difficulties through Christian teachings and values. . I welcome the opportunity to be a part of your healing journey and look forward to your success in reaching spiritual peace and happiness.
Dr. Mel McGee (CEO) of Covington-McGee Christian Counseling. Since 1989 she has counseled in various depts in the hospitals and in hospice, home health , active military installations and provided Veteran assistance in benefits.
She has been on various Certified Boards including International Practitioner of Holistic Medicine (IPHM), Alternative American Medicine Association (AAMA), Military Chaplains Association (MCA) , American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) , The National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains (NAVAC), Christian Military Wives Fellowship (CMF) , Black Christian Therapy, Black MD Cares, SACRD (San Antonio Community Resource Directory), Aging & Disability Resource Center, Melanin & Mental Health, Spot Fund, Seek A Therapy, Therapy Den, Psychology Today, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab , Funeralwise, Marriage.com, The Ecumenical Center, San Antonio Texas(Life After Loss Facilitator). Recently she joined The Covid Grief Network it provides short term grief support and build long term community for young adults who are grieving in the midst of this pandemic. Dr. Mel McGee also recently joined The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) which provides behavioral and mental support to firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel. She is a provider for Twogether In Texas pre-marital classes in Texas. Dr. Mel McGee's approach consists in the form of healing the whole person body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness.
We are Ordained and Board Certified Pastors. We are licensed to Officiate in the State of Texas.
Officiate Wedding In Office
Simple Wedding? Due to Covid can’t invite a lot of people.We officiate weddings performed in our office
Christian Pre-Marital Counseling
“We spend most of our lives waiting on that special one. “ Our Pre-Marital Counseling prepares you for that big day.
Meet The Team
Dr Mel McGee
Ron Collins Administrator Of Operations
A Letter From Our Team:
At Covington-McGee Christian Counseling - we understand that mental health is a critical component of our whole wellbeing. Therefore, as Faith-based Christians, we are guided by God to help those in need.
Every day during this Covid-19 pandemic, we are reminded that life, as we know it, has changed. We give our sincere thanks and appreciation to all veterans who have served their country. We continue to pray for our loved ones who are currently serving in the armed forces, whether they are stationed overseas or in the United States.
We continue to pray for counselors, pastors, and intercessors that provide reassurance to those who need your spiritual guidance along this journey.
For those who are broken in heart, we ask you to trust that the heart of God is kind. He is our Wonderful Counselor who always prays for us; there is simply no counselor in this world like Him.“What a wonderful counselor indeed.”
We invite you to reach out to our team. Trust that they will provide you guidance through the difficulties you are facing.
Blessings, Team Covington-McGee
Covington-McGee Christian Counseling is the embodiment of my willingness to always help others who need faith and guidance in life. I stand by my word, which is always in line with Christian teachings, and I am committed to helping people live a long life filled with happiness.
Covington-McGee Christian Vision Statement
Our vision at Covington-McGee Christian Counseling is to bring peace; serenity , calmness of heart, mind, body and spirit to All … “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. “ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 That time is now.
Is our marriage license free if we successfully complete the 8-hour marriage training course?
Answer: The $60 state portion of the marriage license fee will be waived if you complete an approved premarital training course and present your certificate to the county clerk. Counties may add up to $22 in additional fees to a marriage license. Those local fees will not be waived.
If we complete the course, do we have to wait 72 hours before getting married? The county clerk will waive the 72-hour waiting period for couples who present a certificate of completion proving they completed an 8-hour premarital training course. Once we have completed the premarital training classes and get a certificate, how long is the certificate good for? Answer: The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the discounted marriage license fee and can waive the 72-hour waiting period.
Can my spouse and I return and take more classes after we are married?
I am currently taking a premarital course. Can I get a Twogether in Texas certificate?
Answer: To get the certificate and a discounted marriage license, the person offering the marriage education course must be a registered Twogether in Texas Service Provider.
Covington-McGee Christian Counseling will issue a certificate provided by the Official Twogether In Texas Program and which has a bar code and serial number to guarantee its authenticity.
Please note your shipping charge is included and you will receive addressed postage paid envelopes to return all correspondence to us. This also covers paid postage charges to ship your Twogether Marriage Certificate that you will need to obtain the discounted marriage license rate. You have exactly one year to purchase your marriage license to receive a discount from the day we issue your certificate.
Bexar County Marriage License Requirements Marriage License Fees: $81.00 – wo/ Premarital Course Certificate $21.00 – w/ Premarital Course Certificate $46.00 – Informal Marriage (Common Law) 100 Dolorosa Street Courthouse San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 335-2216 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / M – F (except for Court Approved Holidays)
There are two different types of marriage licenses in Texas, and basic requirements are the same for both types of marriage: A “Formal marriage license” A formal marriage license can be obtained from any county in Texas and the marriage can be performed anywhere. If the marriage takes place outside of Texas, contact the appropriate state office, consulate or embassy to learn the marriage requirements for that state or country.
A “Declaration And Registration Of An Informal Marriage (Common Law)“ An informal marriage license can be obtained and recorded by a couple who agree to be married, and after the agreement, they lived together in this state as a couple and represented to others that they were married.
The following information is required on a marriage license application of both spouses, or party A and party B, the information needed for marriage license requirements is below: Both parties must appear in person. Both parties must be 18 and older, or court-emancipated minors 16 and over. Submit proof of identity and age. Must know Social Security number. Must Know city, county, and state where you were born. Effective September 1, 2013 – A person who is incarcerated may not apply for a marriage license.
Marriage ID Requirement Texas: Must have a valid, government-issued picture identification: Driver’s license State ID Passport Military ID Visa Certified copy of birth certificate and valid photo ID
Marriage Residency Requirement Texas: Answer: You do not have to be a resident of Texas.
Previous Marriages : If either applicant has been recently divorced, the state requires a 30-day waiting period from the date of the filed divorce decree, unless waived by the court. Female applicants are required to submit a certified copy of final decree showing their restored maiden name if different from current identification.
Proxy Marriages Texas: Yes, but marriage by proxy in Texas is limited to individuals serving in the military and stationed outside of the country.
Cousin Marriages Texas: Answer:No. Common Law Marriages Texas: Answer:Yes. Blood Test Requirement Texas: No. Blood tests or medical examinations are not required in Texas.
Marriage Witnesses Texas: You do not need to bring witnesses to obtain the Marriage license.
Texas that does not require witnesses at the ceremony.
Online Applications (if applicable): Marriage license applications may be filled out and saved online. However, applicants must appear in person to sign and purchase the marriage license. Please note: additional information will be required of each applicant when the marriage license is issued.
Marriage Officiants Texas: Persons authorized to perform weddings in Texas include licensed or ordained Christian ministers, priests, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized by religious organizations, justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the courts of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county courts at law, judges of the courts of domestic relations, judges of the juvenile courts, retired justices or judges, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, and judges or magistrates of a federal court of Texas.
Covington-McGee Christian Counseling (Dr Mel McGee) is a Ordained Christian Pastor/ Minister she/her officiate’s weddings.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
If God Doesn't Make Soulmates, How Do I Know They're "The One"?
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Scheduling & Billing Office
Business Hours Monday Through Friday 7 to 6PM CST Saturday 7 to 6 PM CST Closed Sunday
Have questions regarding billing? Want to schedule an appointment ?
Please Read the Following Prior to Seeing Your Counselor The Benefits of Counseling
Heal and find resolutions to issues/ concerns that led you to seek therapy.
Develop a better ability to cope with family, marital, and other interpersonal relationships.
Gain a greater understanding of your personal goals and values.
The Risks of Counseling
To allow you to make informed decisions about your counseling, Covington-McGee Christian Counseling wishes to make you aware of certain risks involved in counseling.
During sessions, you may experience discomfort and other emotions such as depression, anger, and frustration.
Resolving concerns between marital partners, family members, and other persons may also lead to discomfort and relationship changes that may not be originally intended.
The cord of three strands ceremony (often called "God's Knot" or the Unity Braid Ceremony) symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember. The cord of three strands ceremony is a great addition to a wedding ceremony. Couples with strong spiritual beliefs may want to add this short ceremony toward the end of the wedding ceremony. Keeping God at the center of your wedding ceremony will also help you keep God at the center of your marriage. Every time you think back on your wedding ceremony it will remind you of how God is intimately involved in your marriage. The Cord of Three Strands is a symbol of that sacred union created on your wedding day. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.
Gold Strand - Represents God The divinity of God is represented in Gold. This covenant relationship is initiated by Him, will be built under His authority, and is intended to glorify Him. Purple Strand - Represents the Groom As a new creation in Christ, the majesty of the Groom is represented in purple. As the husband loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship. White Strand - Represents the Bride Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As the wife honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship.
MAKE YOUR Marriage. Everything it is meant to be… LAUNCH LIFELONG LOVE Preparing for a strong and passionate marriage is one of the most important things you’ll ever do.
The SYMBIS Report is incredibly powerful and robust.
If your relationship is getting serious, it’s never too soon to begin the process of exploring your potential future together.
While the SYMBIS Assessment is primarily designed for engaged and newlywed couples, many married couples at various stages find the results to be extremely helpful.
The SYMBIS Assessment will generate a customized report, adding information specific to your circumstances. In fact, a section of your report will be dedicated to issues such as second marriages and blending a family.
It retails for $35 per couple. This is separate from the Pre-Marital Class which is $ 50.00 per couple. The SYMBIS Assessment is not mandatory but it gives a good start on your marriage for years to come.
As soon as both of you complete the SYMBIS Assessment, Dr McGee will be notified and then contact you to schedule your sessions.
This is critical. Every aspect of this assessment is grounded in multiple studies to ensure that the tool is both reliable and valid.
It takes Approximately 30 minutes to complete.
To ensure accurate results each of you will need to complete the assessment on your own without discussing it.
This is optimal. You get better results if you don’t take breaks between questions. However, if you have to take a break and continue later, your progress is saved along the way.
For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment: Cash App make payments to. $Herdicille No Cash will be accepted due to Covid. All sessions are 60 minutes Credit Card (MasterCard Visa, American Express, and Discover) HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) All counseling fees are to be paid before the service is rendered. Cost of Service The cost of pre-marital hour is $50.00 per couple. The cost to officiate weddings $120-$400.00.
All payments are due the day before your scheduled appointment. If no payment has been made your appointment will be automatically cancelled. We do not accept insurance at this time. We encourage you to find a provider who accepts your insurance.
We do accept Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.
If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please contact Covington-McGee Christian Counseling within 24 hours of your appointment. There is a $25 cancellation fee for all appointments that are not cancelled within 24 hours of their schedule time. Additionally, there will be a $35 fee for all returned checks.
File for the Marriage License from the Bexar County Clerk's Office To get your marriage license, both members of the couple will have to visit the County Clerk’s office at:
Paul Elizondo Tower 101 West Nueva Suite 120 San Antonio, TX 7820
There is not a requirement by Bexar County that you are a Texas resident, however there is a 72 hour waiting period if you and your spouse obtain the marriage license from the Bexar County clerk before the ceremony can take place. This waiting period is waived if you or your spouse are active duty military, or if you complete the Twogether in Texas premarital education 8 hour course, which also provides you with a $60 reduction in the marriage license fee.
When you go, remember to bring the following:
Social Security Numbers (if applicable)
Once you’ve completed your marriage application, there is a three-day waiting period before you can use it -- so make sure you complete this process a week before the ceremony.