Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pastoral Counseling?
A form of counseling that uses modern behavioral science principles and theological/spiritual insights to help someone achieve a more holistic view of wellness and empower healing and growth. Pastoral Counseling allows a client to draw strength from their unique faith/belief system to help with the healing of their heart, mind and soul.
Is it counseling by pastors or for pastors?
The answer is yes for both, but not exclusively. Pastoral Counselors can be ordained ministers that are licensed mental health professionals or a psychotherapist that has trained extensively in Theology. Many times in ministry, faith leaders find themselves in need of seeing a pastoral counselor and desire someone that can connect theological/spiritual insights with behavioral science techniques in the therapeutic process, therefore it is also counseling for pastors.
Is the counselor going to force their beliefs on me?
NO! Pastoral Counselors are not in the business of telling you what to believe or do. Our services allow you to utilize your faith/spirituality as you desire in your counseling sessions. The specialized training helps the pastoral counselor to understand your personal faith/spirituality perspective. We are proud to be able to offer our clients the "option" of using their faith/spirituality for healing and growth.
Why do you need to raise money?
The Partnership for Pastoral Counseling is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to those in need of counseling services. Our counselors drop their fees for our clients, however with the reduction it still cost us $160 - $960 to offer our clients a personalized therapy plan.
How many sessions of counseling will I get?
Each approved client is provided with 16 counseling sessions.
Can I get medication prescribed for my mental health issue?
No. Our services are to provide crisis counseling or short term talk therapy.
How many people do you serve a year?
80-120 clients. A client can be an individual, couple or family.