Psychotherapy work has traditionally included psychological, relational, medical, emotional, social, ethical and/or cultural issues that a client chooses to bring to the psychotherapy session. In addition to all or any of the above, pastoral counselors allow the client to introduce issues of faith spirituality and religion.
We say "allow" because it is entirely up to the client to introduce these topics. These topics are never pushed by the counselor nor are they avoided by the counselor. Pastoral Counseling is not denominationally based.
Our counselors are trained in Mental Health Counseling and/or Marriage and Family Therapy, some have theological training as well. All of our counselors have a firm commitment in holistic care that is open to including faith as a part of the relational, psychological and emotional issues that are brought to psychotherapy.
For some clients their spirituality is based on a faith tradition for others it is not.
All client beliefs are welcomed and affirmed.
Where is the light in the darkness of this depression?
How can I best flourish as a person?
How can I ever find hope again in this intense grief that engulfs me?
How can I navigate this transition and come out on the other side safely?
How can I trust anybody or even God after what has happened to me?
My anger is so intense so that any connection with others or even with God seems impossible at this time.
My family and my church have abandoned me––what is left?
If these themes appear to be no different than the ones that appear in secular counseling, it is because they are no different. These are all questions that arise from personal and relational contingency and suffering. The only difference in pastoral counseling is the openness of the counselor to allow the client to include faith and spirituality.