We hear a lot this time of year about giving thanks. And rightly so! Most people agree that being thankful – or more specifically, being grateful – is a very good thing. But did you know that there are also spiritual and mental benefits to having an attitude of gratitude?
When Christians (and in particular, Catholics) begin to investigate pastoral counseling as an option for their needs and struggles, one question often arises early in the process: what does pastoral counseling actually look like in practice? What makes it different than so-called “regular” counseling?
5 Things I’ve Learned About the Human Experience (Studying Pastoral Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville)
For the past year, I’ve been studying in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. More recently, my fellow students and I have been exploring what it means to be a Catholic Pastoral Counselor. A particularly holistic flavor of the profession, Catholic Pastoral Counseling uses the truth of the Catholic faith as well as evidence-based psychological techniques to help and heal every level of the human person: their body, their soul, and their mind.