What is Pastoral Counseling?
The type of counseling I employ is called, “Pastoral Counseling.” Pastoral Counseling utilized in my practice is defined as: “Short-term counseling carried out by Clergy who have training in both pastoral care and counseling, typically to assist individuals having difficulty with spiritual/religious concerns, normal life transitions, emotional or relational crises, guilt, abuse, addictions, low self-esteem, grief and bereavement, premarital/marital matters, and other pastoral care issues.” As a Pastoral Counselor, I use religious and spiritual resources and psychological understanding to help people achieve relief of symptoms, resolution of problems, restoration of relationships, and improved personal spiritual/mental health and well-being.
What methods are used in Pastoral Counseling?
The counseling methods I use in Pastoral Counseling vary depending on individual circumstances, but primarily include the use of restorative principles and techniques from the domains of religion and spirituality (such as prayer, fasting, forgiveness, reconciliation, scripture, and the use of parable and story illustrations, to name a few examples). I also use guided “insight-oriented” pastoral questioning to help people to discover or recognize the impact of their choices on their situation, and how their choices ultimately affect their outcomes. In addition, I may use various questionnaires or inventories to help me to assess your unique situation. I may also refer clients to helpful audio-visual educational resources.
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