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What is Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling integrates aspects of therapy and spiritual direction in appropriate ways to help people seeking assistance with personal, family, marital and faith issues.

 

Is Pastoral Counseling just for pastors?

No.  It's for everyone.  The name comes from the supportive environment and unique mix of emotional, mental, and spiritual approaches included in Pastoral Counseling.


What is the difference between going to a Pastoral Counselor and sitting down with the pastor at my church?

During my time as a pastor, I realized that I was very eager and equipped to care for church members and their families during moments of crisis, answer spiritual and theological questions, or help them assimilate productively into the overall life of the church.  Like many other pastors I know, I struggled to have the availability or insight to help my parishioners walk through long-term challenges and trials, process some difficult parts of their past, or experience healing and hope in areas of overwhelming obstacles.  I also realized that, at times, the relationships within my church were simply too complicated to address effectively.  In many ways, Pastoral Counseling helps meet the needs beyond a local minister's capacity in the areas of mental health, emotional health, and spiritual concern.


Can people who aren't church members or even Christians go to Pastoral Counseling?

Yes!  Because Pastoral Counseling is built around creating a non-judgemental, safe environment for people to find healing and hope, it can be a great option for anyone, regardless of background or belief.

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance at this time.  I have listed a few details on my fees page that may be helpful for you if you are looking for a counselor who does.

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