Pastoral Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville

Story Time!

Throughout this semester, I have done a lot of reflecting on what I have to offer my clients as a counselor. Before this semester, I did not think that I had a lot to offer my clients in terms of life experience and a story. After all, as a cradle Catholic graduate student who comes from a white upper-middle class family how can I relate to people who are new in the faith or who come from different socioeconomic, educational, and cultural backgrounds?

Rose and Celtic Cross

The Uniqueness of Pastoral Counseling

As this semester continues, I have learned more about the unique opportunities and techniques associated with pastoral counseling. Based on what I have learned so far, I can see that the uniqueness of Pastoral counseling provides many advantages as well as certain limitations that should be considered by anyone who wants to be a pastoral counselor. One of the main advantages of pastoral counseling that I see is the ability to more directly incorporate our Catholic faith into therapy.

Franciscan University Christ the King Chapel rooftop

Dudenhoefer: Easter Joy and Spring Craziness

He is risen, Alleluia!! There is so much to be grateful for as we finish the Easter Octave, continue the 50 day Easter season, and celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with the canonization of Pope John Paul the Great and Pope John the XIII. The Spring weather has also finally decided to show up, adding to the happy, festive atmosphere here at Franciscan University.

Ice Skating in Pittsburgh!

Dudenhoefer: Living Life to the Fullest

With the recent warm weather, it is hard to believe that there is only one more week in February and Spring Break is on its way! February has definitely been full of activity, both fun and academic related. My friends and I have had our first few tests and major assignments due, so that has kept us busy with studying. To prevent stress though, I have been doing multiple fun and spontaneous things with my friends.

The gorgeous and whimsical backdrop of Wicked

Dudenhoefer: Back in the saddle again!

After a wonderfully crazy semester in Austria and a beautifully relaxing Christmas break, it is definitely great to be back on main campus here in Steubenville again! I definitely have a lot to look forward to and to accomplish this semester, but so far it has been a great start. Living on the same floor as my household sisters has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed reconnecting with them and my other friends, some of whom I have not seen in over a year.

The Lock Bridge in Salzburg

Dudenhoefer: Rounding third and coming home

Hello again!  I know it is very cliché to make an “I can’t believe how fast this semester went by” post at this point, but I am going to be that girl because it is so true. With all of the traveling, studies, and fun times here in Austria, it has definitely been a full semester. First though, I will bring you up-to-date on some of the latest adventures.

Mariensburg Castle Photo by Brunswyk/Wikimedia Commons

Dudenhoefer: God’s plans, and wonderful craziness!

This verse has really spoken to me this semester, and with the craziness of the past few weeks I have definitely needed to be reminded that the Lord is in control! Those of us studying here in Gaming have been laughing about the fact that we have been traveling more than we have been in classes this month. Between traveling to Medjugorje and Germany as well as trying to keep up with my classes things have been pretty crazy here.