WHAT IS PASTORAL COUNSELING?
Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth.
It is provided by individuals who are not only mental health professionals (with master’s degrees and certification by a national counseling organization, and increasingly state licensed Mental Health Counselors) but persons who also have had in-depth religious and/or theological training.
Most pastoral counselors are ordained clergy or persons otherwise endorsed by a religious faith group. Local church Pastors provide supportive listening, and in some cases limited supportive counseling. Pastoral Counselors are specially trained to address life problems and challenges that are traumatic, acute, and chronic.
WHO MAY SEEK ASSISTANCE?
Family Counseling Ministry is supported, in part, by many member churches and religious groups from 11 denominations, both Protestant and Roman Catholic. Clients associated with member congregations or religious groups are given priority to Family Counseling Ministry services either via clergy / leader referrals or through direct contact by the persons in need. As schedules permit, counselors may choose to see persons not connected to any member congregation or religious group.
FEES are based on family income and family size.