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An Update



I'm so thankful for those of you who have reached out with encouragement about my upcoming transition. Here’s an update… Ever since I announced that I would be leaving The Orchard’s staff at the end of 2018 to pursue counseling, I’ve had many people reach out to me, hoping to schedule a session or refer their loved ones. I’m very grateful that, starting now, I’ll be offering Pastoral Counseling at the Oxford Counseling Center and The Wellness and Counseling Center of Tupelo during some of my free time. I’ve opened up some early morning and late afternoon appointments to work around my last season at The Orchard over the next few months. Although Pastoral Counseling is similar to what I have always done as a local minister, there are a few very important differences in this form of counseling as it integrates aspects of therapy and spiritual direction in appropriate ways to help people seeking assistance with personal, family, marital, and faith issues. I’ve included a Frequently Asked Questions section on Pastoral Counseling below and also provided a little bit of my story. I’ve also put together a 6-week Marriage Prep Course over the last decade of doing premarital counseling. It includes 3 face-to-face sessions and a research-backed assessment tool. It’s great for couples who are engaged or heading in that direction, especially if they have aspects of their story that they need to explore in-depth before walking down the aisle. — If you know of anyone in need of counseling or a Marriage Prep Course, they can find all of my information and schedule a session here.Frequently Asked Questions 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 story, 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. Learn more: PastoralCounseling.orgAbout Me and My Practice For 12 years I have had the great opportunity to lead a church in Oxford, Mississippi. During my season in pastoral ministry, I realized that the parts of my job that I loved the most were connected to counseling and care. I grew to love helping people find hope and healing in the midst of a wide range of struggles and trials. I currently offer Pastoral Counseling, which integrates aspects of therapy and spiritual direction in appropriate ways to help people seeking assistance with personal, family, marital and faith issues. Because I have experienced the power of counseling first-hand, I am committed to a practice offered to everyone, regardless of background or belief. I am interested in helping people work through issues associated with grief, depression, anxiety, addiction, as well as marriage and relationship struggles. Working through some of the more uniquely modern struggles, such as screen and pornography addiction is also a focus of my practice. My service as lead pastor for over a decade offered many years of experience in counseling couples through pre-marital counseling. I am very grateful for the opportunity to see clients under the supervision and within the community of my colleagues at The Wellness Center of Oxford (formerly OCC) and The Wellness and Counseling Center of Tupelo.