Elizabeth Vega

Elizabeth Vega

Student Blogger


Hello everyone, my name is Elizabeth Vega. I am currently a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as well as a counselor intern at the Wellness Center at Franciscan University of Steubenville. One year ago, I took a leap of faith when deciding to leave my home, family, friends, faith community, and job in California to come live in Steubenville, Ohioplace completely foreign to mein response to God’s invitation to come to Franciscan where I would experience the spiritual and academic formation necessary for my professional vocation. Some of my future aspirations include using my counseling degree, training, and my native language, Spanish, to work with low-income and Spanish-speaking communities in the San Francisco Bay Area to increase the limited mental health services available to these specific populations. Please pray for all counselors-in-training as we continue our graduate studies and training to better serve our clients!

Elizabeth Vega – What is Pastoral Counseling?

When searching for a concrete definition of pastoral counseling, one may come across many definitions that vary in their descriptions of what pastoral counseling is or what it looks like in different settings. The adjective, pastoral, suggests to many that pastoral counseling is counseling that is exclusively done by a pastor, priest, or other religious authority figures.