Pastoral Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville

Fictional Therapy

In my last blog I briefly touched upon the use of fiction novels in bibliotherapy.  I know sometimes the idea of fiction being used in therapy seems a touch odd.  I mean, you don’t hand a client Silence of the Lambs and tell them to try and get something therapeutic out of it.  Silence of the Lambs is dark.  It’s gritty.  It’s got a cannibal in it for goodness sake, who ate a man’s liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti!

Pastoral Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville

The Soul of Healing

“Oh, my soul!” have countless poets proclaimed in pain. Shakespeare, Homer, Poe, and many more have derived the soulful expanse of their pain in simple but stunning statements such as this. Indeed, we can see and even feel in pain, something more, something as deep as our soul. It is as if the depth and intensity of one’s pain makes us question greater realities

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One Body in Christ

           In his letter to the Romans, Paul explains that each individual has been given particular talents and graces which combine to create a unique gift which they can offer the world. However as I reflect on this passage, I believe that this list also outlines the necessary skills and talents of pastoral counselors. As pastoral counselors, we are called to prophecy, minister, psycho-educate, and encourage our clients as we attempt to bring them to healing and growth.