Pastoral Counseling

courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.netAs with many, counseling was not my original profession, in fact it was not even on my radar.  As a young man fresh out of college I worked as a Church Youth Director, in a small Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, Maryland.  Through my time there I discovered that what I loved most about ministry was working with individuals and small groups.  This eventually led to my education and work as a professional counselor.  However, in my counseling work I still attempt to address individuals spiritual needs as well as their psychological needs.  My training at Loyola College in their Pastoral Counseling department taught me not to ignore individual’s faith backgrounds, but to draw from the strengths and assets of spiritual and religious involvement to improve their overall health and well being.

I should be clear: I am not a pastor, or a biblical counselor.  I am trained as a professional counselor, and primarily use psychological forms of intervention.  Though my faith informs my worldview, I am not trained or qualified to to use theological forms of intervention such as reliance on holy texts or faith-based practices in the therapy room.  However, for those clients who are interested in exploring how their spiritual life intersects with their mental health, and to do it on the client’s terms, I would be happy to discuss those issues with you.

For those who are reading this and thinking “I’m not sure pastoral counseling is for me or my family”, let me reassure you:  For those not interested in exploring spiritual issues it would not be ethical or responsible of me to force you to consider spiritual themes; we’ll stick to the psychological.

My Pastoral Counseling services include:

  • Individual counseling for adolescents and adults
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Premarital counseling
  • Speaking to church, youth ministry and para-church groups
  • Mental health trainings for ministry leadership teams

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me, or call using the information in the sidebar.

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