Muriel Cook Memorial for Kitchen Table Counseling
Kitchen Table Counseling was a program Muriel created in 1970 for woman-to-woman biblical lay counseling. She developed it at the request of a church that had seen a pastor fall into an affair while counseling women. The initial idea was to have women take on the role of counselors for women in the church. Over time the concept became a seminar to train women in other churches to do the same.
In 2006, Muriel wrote a book by the same title with her daughter, Shelly Cook Volkhardt, an associate with Paraclete Mission Group. The publication of Kitchen Table Counseling opened doors for Muriel and Shelly to share the techniques of “KTC” more widely. Now available in English, Spanish, Romanian and Chinese, with translations underway in Japanese and Polish, the book and the concept have become an international support for women helping women. Men have been blessed by the book too, although they were not the target of the original work.
Muriel died peacefully on June 8, 2019 after a short illness. She was 89 years old.
Shelly travels domestically and internationally teaching and demonstrating Kitchen Table Counseling. Most recently she trained women leaders in Kosovo. Many of the places where Shelly travels cannot afford to pay her expenses. Funds given in memory of Muriel will facilitate further Kitchen Table Counseling training around the world.
For more information on Kitchen Table Counseling, or to book Shelly for a KTC seminar, contact Shelly Volkhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org .