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.
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.
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.Details
Pastoral counseling, as a unique branch of counseling, incorporates the faith of the client in all aspects of treatment. This being the case, pastoral counseling in practice looks significantly different than the iconic Freudian analysis of the client on the couch staring at the ceiling freely associating the contents of their thoughts.Details
In today’s blog I will be investigating 3 questions that pertain to the client’s goal, the nature of their presenting problem and the all important question, “Why now?” I will be forgoing the investigation on the methods and approaches for now and will expand after these three have been appropriately illustrated.Details
Spiritual direction is a form of counseling that helps persons grow in their relationship with God. The spiritual director helps the directee to be more open and responsive to God’s Self-communication and Self-revelation.Details
I first attempted to answer two questions in this blog; however, this being a topic which necessitates not only detail but proper attention, I am only able to answer the first half of one question within the characters allotted.Details
Pastoral Counseling or Spiritual Direction? Essential answers to questions you may not have known you needed to ask.
In my first blog, I attempted to illuminate the purpose and defining aspects of Pastoral Counseling; however, if you were left with the question, “I want to grow deeper in relationship with God but how do I know if I should seek out Pastoral Counseling or Spiritual Direction? Which one is right for me?” you are not alone.Details
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.Details