What is pastoral counseling?

The Pastoral in our name is the traditional name for counseling that integrates therapy with a client’s values and/or faith. It also refers to how Center counselors respectfully accompany their clients through the transitions and crises of life’s journey. Center counselors seek to offer healing for the whole person and see each dimension – body, mind, and spirit – as worthy of care.

Pastoral counseling is psychotherapy that takes seriously the spiritual dimension of a person while working with individuals, couples, and families to resolve emotional or relational problems. Pastoral counseling is built on the belief that life’s crises and transitions are best met by the knowledge of psychology and the wisdom of theology, with respect for a person’s faith background and values. However, only if a client so chooses will Center counselors directly address specific spiritual issues.