While a person can feel better after a good talk with a friend or relative, for moderate or severe emotional distress, this relief is only temporary. Talking with a trained listener helps alleviate emotional distress for good. The doctors in our practice are trained to listen and interact in a way that helps you get to the very root of your emotional concerns.
We offer you an opportunity to face your difficulties constructively and confidently; freeing you to enjoy all the good things life has to offer. Don’t wait another minute. Give us a call. We’ll give you an opportunity to meet with one of our doctors and see if our practice is right for you.
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What Is a Pastoral Counselor?
Pastoral counselors are clergy and others who have received graduate training in both religion and psychotherapy. They integrate psychological and spiritual perspectives into their counseling practice. Pastoral counselors pay special attention to how a person’s faith might be a resource for coping or change.
Pastoral counselors believe that the counseling relationship can help people experience the loving and healing presence of God. While each pastoral counselor has unique religious beliefs, pastoral counselors serve people of all faiths and people who profess no faith.
Why Is Pastoral Counseling Important?
There is a spiritual dimension to everyone’s life. Though it takes a variety of forms, that spiritual dimension is interrelated with our physical, mental, emotional, and relational well-being. According to an October 2000 national survey, 83 percent of Americans believe their spiritual faith and religious beliefs are closely tied to their mental and emotional health.
Many people want issues of spirit and faith to be included in the counseling process. In the same survey, 75 percent of Americans say it is important to see a professional counselor who integrates values and beliefs into the counseling process.