Catherine Anderson

Student Blogger


I am completing a masters in clinical mental health counseling here at Franciscan. I love how Christian counseling takes a holistic, integrative approach that considers the whole person. I grew up in England where I was fortunate to also train in psychodynamic counseling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents. I’m a romantic idealist, animal lover and my hobbies include painting, dancing, languages and hosting dinner parties.

The Nature of Pastoral Counseling

Although there are many different definitions of what pastoral counseling is, I notice several common themes which writers have drawn upon. The term “integration” appears a lot in reference to guiding a client towards physical, mental and spiritual well-being. For Christian clients whose faith is important to them, knowing that pastoral counselors share their faith helps develop trust, rapport and accountability.