WHAT IS PASTORAL/CHRISTIAN COUNSELING?
Whether working through spiritual concerns or processing life transitions and struggles, incorporating discussions of faith into therapy often brings religious and spiritual individuals a deeper level of healing and hope.
Instead of focusing solely on an isolated problem, this approach incorporates your spiritual or religious beliefs into therapy. It might also be what propels you into therapy. For example, are you struggling with spiritual beliefs or unsure how to make peace between what has transpired in your life and religious doctrine that you have always believed?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PASTORAL AND CHRISTIAN COUNSELING?
Pastoral counseling weaves your spiritual concerns and resources into therapy, regardless of which religion/faith you believe in. This practice uses mindfulness and meditative exercises to connect you with your soul. The hope is to help you find the source and spirit of wisdom and healing which the Creator placed in each of us.
Christian counseling integrates a Biblical worldview, allowing Christians to see their circumstances with respect to God’s ultimate plan for their lives. This practice incorporates scripture and Biblical principles focused on God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and healing to all who know Him.
Both Pastoral and Christian Counselors use traditional therapy tools and techniques you would find in generalized counseling. In addition, both of these therapists also serve non-spiritual/Christian individuals. Each client is different, so our therapists will first gain a better understanding of you and your needs to make sure they are the right counselor for you.