Our discourse on pastoral counseling continues with focus on implementation of pastoral counseling and what to expect from a pastoral counselor. People go to therapy for mental, emotional or behavioral problems; Catholics are advised to seek pastoral counseling for same problems whenever such interferes with their practice of the faith.
Pastoral Counseling is a discipline confronted with the task of defining itself since it is, in some ways, still in search of an identity. In this write up I will take a look at pastoral counseling with regard to its meaning, history, identity and purpose.
The word Pastoral from the Latin word pastor, pastorem refers to the shepherd role of the elder(s) within the Christian community, especially the Latin Church.