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Patricia Scott

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Hello! I’m Patricia Scott, a pastoral counseling student. Pastoral counseling, as a unique branch of counseling, incorporates the faith of the client in all aspects of treatment. As Catholics, or any person with a deep faith tradition, a common problem when seeking out mental health services is finding a counselor that will understand you not only as an entity compiled of mind and body but mind, body and spirit. Pastoral counseling recognizes the full person as mind, body and spirit in one entity.

A practical look at Pastoral Counseling, Part 3

Step Four: (D) Develop Concrete Growth-Action Plans Collaboratively
-Assist clients in developing practical plans to take action on the part or parts of the problem they have chosen.
–The plan should focus initially on parts of their problems that they have decided can be solved or at least improved.


A practical look at Pastoral Counseling, Part 2

In the previous blog, I described how CBT could be used in pastoral counseling. Today, I am presenting a model that can be utilized by the layperson and the licensed professional. The content of this blog is taken from my personal favorite pastoral counseling reference, Howard Clinbell. Clinbell’s work, Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling, has been updated and revised by Sister Bridget Clare McKeever for its third edition; I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn and develop as a pastoral counselor.


Catholics and Dependent Personality Disorder? A diagnosis of the devout…

In today’s world, it seems every person can agree on one common goal, freedom; freedom from distress, freedom from illness, freedom from oppression, freedom from anything that keeps a person from being fully alive. The field of psychotherapy holds this “freedom from” at its core; it is not those individuals that feel satisfied with their sense of freedom that come into therapy, no, it is those among us that feel their freedom is being oppressed by their current conditions and circumstances in life.