I remember when I was 10. I ran around care-free and worried about absolutely nothing. The biggest problem at that age was having to go to bed early. (Imagine such torture!) Not once did a thought enter my mind about the logistics of planning or how to get from one place to another. I knew that I would be clothed, fed, and watered.
The goal of pastoral counseling is freedom—freedom from whatever prevents the person from living life to the fullest. Fulfilling one’s greatest potential is the goal in all types of counseling, whether in a pastoral or clinical setting. But what makes pastoral counseling unique is that this type of freedom finds its roots in Jesus Christ.